Little did we know last week that this week we would be under twenty inches of snow. But luckily, we went out last week and gathered pokeberries for some dyeing. Guided by the book Harvesting Color, Ella and I spent most of a day gathering, simmering, and simmering some more. We dyed one playsilk, and some washed wool from our sheep. Some day soon I should have a bunch of our own wool yarn coming back from a local spinning mill, and it will be coming back white . . . Let’s just say that white clothing and farming don’t mix well in my opinion, so it was time to learn how to dye. This went really, really, well, and I’m amazed by how deep the color on the wool turned out! Also, it was a great one to do with Ella, but I will say that pokeberries are poisonous, and I wouldn’t do this project with any child still young enough to be tempted to put things in their mouth.
Ben came along, as you can tell, and took a lot of photos. He got a new lens for our camera last week, and I will admit I was skeptical (being generally skeptical of any gadgetry purchase), but what can I say? He’s a genius, and it’s one of the best $100 we’ve ever spent. All of a sudden, we can take photos inside. Even in our poorly lit kitchen, where I have struggled for so long to get halfway decent shots. Craziness.