I woke up this morning to the sound of rain. We haven't had rain in Phoenix for months, so this was a blissful music to hear.
Only thing was, I had pounds of mordanted yarn and a dozen crocheted ornaments drying in the backyard!
I dashed out of bed, pulled in the yarn that wasn't yet dripping, and curled back up under the covers until it got light.
This rain, while rare and lovely, isn't particularly well timed. You see, I'm taking part in a small holiday art party this weekend. I'm not bringing much -- naturally dyed yarn, felted bangles, Christmas ornaments, maybe some hats or bags -- but it still feels like a lot of wet wool hanging about that needs to dry.
My nervousness about drying aside, I've really enjoyed putting together this collection of items. The dyeing has been a blast. I've probably worked up 40+ natural dye samples in the past two weeks, using everything from plants collected in my neighborhood (rosemary, hibiscus, juniper, eucalyptus) to the classic exotic dyes (cochineal, indigo, madder) to items from the grocery store (black rice, annatto, chamomile).
It has also been interesting for me to think about my craft in a different way, in more of a production mode. But I think I'll write more about that after the fair, when the process and my thoughts on it have gone full circle.
Anyways, enjoy the colors, and have a happy Thanksgiving!