Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dye Day Once Again

Several days ago, we had a guild dye day again at Sue's house. We do this periodically and for several reasons, not the least of which is that it is a fundraiser for the small guild, and helps keep dues down so everyone can join.

Sue has a nice set up in her garage: there is ample room, plenty of tables, a big sink with hot and cold running water just inside, a two burner propane stove for steaming, and did I mention lots of room? I bring my steamers, and on nice days, we can open the garage doors and work outside.

Not everyone has a place at home for dyeing, or the inclination to mix up dyes and get all the equipment set up. So we do that for them, and guild members and friends have a chance to dye without concerns for *which dye* and *how long* and *how do I mix up dyes* and *how do I make the colors I want*. I bring sample books:

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People pick and choose colors, then we figure out to mix them, how much they'll need, and they dye and paint away.

We paint warps and skeins:
dye day 1

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dye day4

And do immersion dyeing:
dye day 2

Some of us get carried away:
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We spend all day mixing colors, talking dyes (and everything else), planning setts, and trying to figure out how much yarn for which project. We come for the dyeing, we come for the gathering of friends, we spend the day planning projects and dreaming of future sweaters. But the real reason we are all here?

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The potluck. Yummm!


Blogger claudia said...

Lots of fun, those dye days are. Or, at least I think so, as its been so long.....

7:24 AM  
Blogger judy said...

What a grand day AND you get to come home with something full of promise.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Ahhh, that sounds like a perfect day to me!

3:14 PM  
Blogger woolydaisy said...

i am soooooo sad i missed this one!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Sounds like fun! Our little group (all but one or two were at SOAR) from time to time has dye days at Dale's alpaca farm, which is a hoot when the alpacas get curious...

6:08 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Dyed wool is quite a motivation, though it is outranked by that center island of food. You don't have dye days at Sue's because of her garage, but because of her kitchen island - fact.

10:46 PM  

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