A Belated Thank You

by Sarah Lake Upton


Thank you to all the folks who made the Highlands on the Fly knitting retreat so much fun!  I had a truly lovely time meeting so many enthusiastic fiber folk.  This was my first fiber retreat, and I can't wait for my next one.

During my Friday indigo dyeing demonstration, Deb Cunningham managed to capture the magical moments of transformation, when lueco indigo becomes indigotin as yarn is removed from the dye bath and exposed to oxygen.  

 The white skein comes out of the dye bath a weird yellow green.  Over the course of the next 30 seconds or so as the indigotin reforms it darkens to a sky blue. Photo Credit Deb Cunningham.

The white skein comes out of the dye bath a weird yellow green.  Over the course of the next 30 seconds or so as the indigotin reforms it darkens to a sky blue. Photo Credit Deb Cunningham.

And on Saturday vendors set up shop.  

I realized, as I attempting to creatively display my many yarns, that I have never actually seen all of my yarns in one place before.  I come home, dye a variety of colors and yarns, tag skeins, carefully bundle them into bags when they are dry, and then disappear back to the boat.  Sometimes I get a glimpse of the range of colors I work with when yarn is drying on the rack, but that is nothing compared to seeing yarn carefully laid out for display. 

 A rainbow of 3-Ply Cotswold x Romney fingering weight.  I took this photo rather late in the day.  By this point I had sold out of at least four colors. 

A rainbow of 3-Ply Cotswold x Romney fingering weight.  I took this photo rather late in the day.  By this point I had sold out of at least four colors. 

I was very pleased to see how well my various colors work with each other.  It was truly wonderful to watch complete strangers poke through my yarn and play with color combinations.

I genuinely had a wonderful time!  Thank you. 

Also, at the behest of the far more socially savvy Sarah Hunt, Upton Yarns is now on Instagram (as Upton Yarns). d