February Color

I was inspired the other day to do a little color blending on the drum carder.

So I dove into my dyed wools bin, and came up with a couple of fairly satisfying combos

But found my stash to be a bit heavy on the pinks and purples. So today, since it was so nice and spring-y I decided to remedy the situation, and got the dye pot out to do a little colorizing of my stash of Esther fleece.

I chose a few Wool Tinctures shades that spoke to me- Midnight, Deep Water, and Blood Orange

Here they are straight out of the pot

Midnight- about a pound total, first batch on top, exhaust batch below. Like indigo, but easier!
Deep Water, about a pound total, first batch on top, exhaust batch below
Blood Orange, a little less than a pound, all done at once until bath exhausted.

I do so love those colors. Can’t wait ’til they are dry and ready to play with!

For now they are hanging out in the hoophouse, next to my earliest seedlings

If you look closely, you can see little broccolis, onions, peas and thyme popping their heads up. No sign of cilantro yet, but it’s only been 7 days.

And just outside the hoophouse, my plan for a new potato and squash bed is shaping up nicely.

The lawn slopes town towards the hoophouse, so I wanted to establish an edge on the bed to level it a bit and prevent it “flowing” into the baseboard and rollup sides.

The oval shaped ceramic thingees are from the upper part of a chimney we had disassembled last year, and in-between them I’ve got short sections of corrugated metal roofing from the old chicken house that used to be on this site.

And behind the metal I’ve got bricks (from the chimney again). Think I’m going to build those up a couple more layers, but it’s feeling nice and solid already. Also going to fill the oval elements with soil and plant with probably herbs or flowers.

Was cool to be able to repurpose some miscellaneous bits to serve the purpose!

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