Once I realized I could take control of my life, I started looking for things that would make me happy and might even generate some income eventually. One of the things I hit upon was dyeing fiber. As you can see from my blog here, I’m an avid knitter and spinner; I think of these pursuits as my valium substitutes. I am also very opinionated about yarn colors (ask my husband how many times he’s heard me exclaim “Ooooh! That’s…incredible!” and “Oh my god. Seriously? Ew.” from behind my computer screen when I’m yarn shopping online). There are some colorways I have been searching for over several years and have yet to find (i.e., a self-striping neon pink/tan–isn’t this color scheme popular enough to warrant an indie-dyer’s take yet?) I also love those hobbies that are part creativity, part chemistry (see: baking, cheese making). So why hadn’t I ever dyed my own yarn?
Well, I did. Finally. And I love it! I’m nowhere near ready to post a how-to (let alone even think about selling the fruits of my experiments) but I’m loving the process and excited by the possibilities. Hopefully you’ll be seeing much more about this soon! For now, here are a few little tastes.