With the gift of free time brought on by the holiday, I was able to dabble with a bit of yarn dyeing:
I am experimenting with a new-to-me sock yarn and completed one test skein in a mushroom dye-bath, and the other in a walnut dye-bath. I love working with natural materials and hope to include some dye plants in this year's garden.
In fact, thanks to my mother-in-law (or mother-out-law as she prefers to be called), I'll soon be learning more about natural dyes and about color knitting. We agreed to exchange books from our wish lists. So I sent her home with a book she's been wanting to read, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and she gifted me with these two books:
Wild Color: The Complete Guide to
Making and Using Natural Dyes by Jenny Dean
. . . and to make use of my naturally dyed yarn:
The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques
by Margaret Radcliffe
Last but not least, one of our talented friends sent our felines a hand-knit cat toy. The knit mouse is already well-loved, much to our entertainment.
First, Sister found the box and planted her face in it until she could dig the mouse out with her paws:
Soon Harpo was having his way with it:
It's amazing how much fun a little bit of brown yarn and little bit of catnip can bring to a couple of cats and their humans!
Now that the holiday weekend is over, my thoughts turn to the New Year and the yarn-induced pleasures I hope to enjoy in 2011. I plan to start the year with a contest so check back here soon for a chance to win.