Friday, May 10, 2013

All the Pretty Colors!

Last weekend was Maryland Sheep and Wool.  The fiber lovers' version of Woodstock.  But better since it is an annual event!

My plan was to be very controlled.  But the birthday money burning a hole in my pocket (and God help me the bright colors) meant this is what came home with me!

To make the day even better I finally was able to meet up with a couple of friends known only to me via Ravelry!  If you had told me 10 years ago (I originally typed 20 but then realized the internet is really not that old!!) that I would be making such wonderful friends over the internet I would have told you you were crazy.

As if that was not enough, Kristen, second from the right and of Gilead Fiber Farm for whom I made these cups, made an extra trip down to Fredericksburg to hang out and have a dye day!  And until MDSW we had never even met in person.

So dye day.

Kristen, shepherd and dyer extraordinaire....

"Seymour" from Gilead Fiber Farm.  Finn lamb and kid mohair

 My new screen porch turned dye studio!  I was very careful (this time anyway) to keep from dripping dye on the new concrete floor...
The colors are SO much more vibrant then these photos.  But pretty here nonetheless I think.

The above picture and the picture below is a product of the same dye pot.  The wool/mohair blend on the left was a light brown, while the wool/mohair on the right was a natural cream.  Both came from RJ in Oklahoma.

Above and below center is named "Veritek" and is a blend from Gilead.  I think it is coopworth and mohair if I remember correctly.  It was a last minute gift as Kristen left to start her drive north....she left at 2:30 but I was still waiting on my last pot of goodies after dark!


The ironic thing is that I have planned a series of dye workshops for our local fiber guild to be taught by a local University professor for this Summer.

I think I am warmed up and ready!


Amber said...

Oh my goodness!!!! So wonderful!!!

Tracey Broome said...

Weh, I NEED that turquoise yarn!!!!! How beautiful. I would have loved to be there learning to dye with you, so much to learn so little time to learn it all :)

cookingwithgas said...

This internet thing has been a great way to meet new people. It is how I met you. I hope to see you in person some day.
Those colors are beautiful.

Anna M. Branner said...

Tracey I am really looking forward to those dye workshops now! (The first one is next weekend.) Dyeing with Kristen took away a lot of the fear so it's gonna be a blast! It was really hard to session I am thinking reds, yellows and oranges. :) I'll post pictures once I start spinning it all.

Anna M. Branner said...

Meredith it will happen one of these days!

Sheeri K. Cabral said...

Great fun times! Kristen is THE BEST!

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