My time at home was lovely and cold and way too short. It was also very productive (on the yarn front, though not on the blogging front…). I returned home to find the fleeces I sent off to the mill in the fall returned to me in the form of lovely yarn on cones. A storm of dyeing ensued. Yarn took over every available surface in the house, the bathtub was pressed into service for drip-drying, and a giant drying rack took up the prime space in front of the woodstove (much to Nell’s annoyance).
I experimented with new colors and dyed new lots of older colors (which sometimes resulted in new colors).
Above, “Light Butternut”, “Rosewood”, and “70% Cacao”. 70% Cacao is actually a fleece from one of Liberty Wool Farm’s Romney rams (he is or will be responsible for the “Romney” portion of the “Cotswold x Romney” yarn). I had his fleece spun to the same weight as my other 3-Ply fingering weight yarn.
This is “Aspen”, a lovely, lively green, but not quite the “Cress” that I was aiming for. (Natural Dyeing is not an exact science).
I am back at my “day job” on the boat. Last night we finished our transit of the Panama Canal and currently we are bound for Isla Iguana for a bit of snorkeling. As my very slow internet connection allows I will be updating the “yarn” section of this site to reflect the work of the last few weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to order any yarn, please email me at uptonyarns (at) gmail.com. My internet connection is sometimes a bit spotty on the boat, but I can usually check it at least once a day. Yarn is being shipped out in my absence.