4 08 2017


Summer is flying by with all kinds of crazy weather.  Last night we had what seemed like hours of terrible thunderstorms and torrential rains.  Some areas had a slight frost in July.   We now have to become accustomed to global warming effects.


The towel is old and tattered but I could not throw it away.  I used it as a teenager, my kids used it and my grandchildren used it.   I am planning on cutting it into strips and making a small bath mat.    I do love repurposing things


About 4 years ago I ordered three Hazelnut trees.  I planted one at the edge of the side yard chicken area and it grew.  I  had forgotten where the others were and still can’t find them.  I thought I would have to buy another pollinator tree.  I do love the tree its shape is perfect and its a  manageable size.  Walking by it the other day I spotted something unfamiliar  and it is nuts starting to grow.

 What a surprise and the tree is loaded.  Maybe the other trees have survived or there is another one in the neighborhood.  Looking forward to having my own hazelnuts.


On a perfect summer day in July, Thursday Spinners had what we hope will be an annual event.  It was held on Marti Ferguson’s beautiful  farm.   Set on hill overlooking part of the village of Buckland, the site couldn’t have been more perfect.  In the distance we could hear the baaing of her  Finn sheep and chicken sounds.  Both chemical and natural dyes were in abundance.     Amanda generously shared her Indigo dye pot and as always it was thrilling to see yarn come out of the pot  green and slowly turn to blue.







  There was painting on roving and yarns and pot dyeing.







It may look red but is orange and  it is perfect for Raggity Ann dolls hair.

 Other natural dyes were there for all to share.  

   A pot luck lunch with so many goodies to choose from was enjoyed by all.   I will keep putting pictures of the party on future blog.


Look for adventures in re doing a kitchen in a 1850 house.  Its exciting, scary and not pretty.  Many thanks for reading my blog on this overcast summer day.   Carole



14 09 2012


                                                                                      THE DYE PARTY      

Today was the dye party at Jen’s house.  Neil her husband , her children, Lynn and Cynthia amd Jem’s mother Jill and myself were in attendance.  It was  a perfect day for a dye party with a nice breeze.  Lynn and Cynthia were painting yarn while I was dyeing roving and Neil, Jen and Jill were dyeing fleeces.                                                                                                      

   I love Jen’s hen-house don’t you.  Check out the sign.








   The colors were all great.  I did dye some Border Leicester roving to make a neck warmer and fingerless mittens that I saw in an issue of SPIN OFF.  Tonight I am going through my stash of woolen material and plan to dye that and more roving tomorrow. I mostly dyed Elliott’s roving which I plan to crochet into some rugs.  I used  a lot of exhaust dye as I really don’t care what color the roving comes out.  Everyone will be back refreshed and ready to carry on again.

This is a great way to do dyeing, tables and dyes and stoves are set up and you get a lot done.  You can compare note and get some interesting colors from another dyer.  And the best thing of all is that in these two days I can get lots done.  WOOLGATHERES has been holding dye parties almost every year for more than 15 years.  

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.