Well it's official. There is not a single skein of white yarn to be found anywhere in this house, as we have once and for all, dyed every single bit of it! I mean really though, what else does another gray, cold, wintry day in March in Maine call for besides a little bit of artificial color? It was absolutely necessary. Required for our mental health, I say. (Besides, there's plenty more yarn where that all came from. It's almost shearing time again! And I'm already one season behind in sending it off to the mill. So much yarn will be in hand soon!)
I now have a plastic bin in the barn set up from our koolaid fun, with tins and spray bottles, sponges and gloves. It makes it so much easier to just pull that out and get right to it. Instead of koolaid, this time we used food dye gel (with the great tutorial found here). Sponges worked best to distribute the color onto the yarn. And we steamed each skein after to set the color. And oh color is just what we made! A little bit of a rainbow to brighten such a dark day.
Everyone has plans for their skein and eager awaited them drying by the stove so they could begin. I asked Ani what she was going to do with hers. "You're going to make me a shawl like Ada's!" And so I am.