Saturday, February 20, 2010

Finger painter for knitters

Okay, so I have been notably absent from the blogosphere. I could give all kinds of reasons why, but I won't. The truth is that I just haven't really felt like blogging. I haven't had the blogging mojo. Well, today I did something that made me happy dance and made me want to blog. In other words, it was "blog worthy" so here I am writing about it.

Shortly before leaving Dublin, I learned how to hand paint yarn. I really enjoyed the creative process and wanted to do more. However, I was moving and haven't had the space or really the time since then. When we bought our house in June, it has a full basement with a double utility sink. There is a work bench and plenty of room for a work table and microwave. For Christmas, I asked for some yarn dyes and got them. Well, today one of my new knitting friends came over and we had a bit of a play. It was so much fun to experiment with the four colors of yarn dye I had and not have to worry about the colors not going together because I knew that they all did and that I liked them (they had all been tested when I learned in Dublin). It was also a lot of fun to just play. We also experimented with mixing colors and got some really good, rich colors from this. For the first time in a while, I got to just be creative and have fun. I just was.

Here our our first dyeing attempts.