After a busy week away being home again feels so right (even though there is LOTS of laundry and other work to do to set things on the right tracks). I took a walk in the morning with the dogs. Tina was full of energy, she chased away a herd of reindeer but old Miina is really showing her age. She is getting slower by the day and it makes me sad. I know the day when we have to say good bye can't be very far away. She is not sick, she is just old and tired. We first heard and then saw swans on the lake. They are leaving. It is winter time soon. Today I had winter tires put on my car. No sight of snow yet.
I had Katarina's sleeve with me while away and almost finished the second sleeve. There is a Red Sweater KAL and I joined it. Thank you Anne for inviting! This should not be too hard since my red Katariina is approaching the last quarter. Sometimes no matter how good my intentions are I seem to fail KALs... I am dreaming of dyeing. A lot.
I have some good books ("Craft of the Dyer" - color from Plants and Lichens - by Karen Leigh Casselman and "Lichen Dyes" by the same author) about dyeing to read. Thank you Niina! You have given me more than you realize.
I have been waiting to build up the courage to jump right in dyeing with natural dyes... but have been at the same time a bit worried of turning my yarn and fiber into these not so nice pale brownish colors.
This morning I did not have a bag with me to collect any plants but I intend to do it later this week. So far I have been only admiring different plants without knowing too much about them. Now I'm growing an interest to know them or rather to know what colors they are hiding. I guess there is no other way than just to go ahead and do the mistakes and then learn... and join another KAL. I have looked at my stash with new open eyes. There are lots of yarns in colors I don't care of any more. And now I know they can have a second chance... they can dive into a dye pot and be reborn. One of these skeins is going to dive tomorrow. I have some chopped root of krappijuuri (Rubia tinctorum) soaking...