I am just back from a wonderful weekend knitting retreat put on by A Grand Yarn, yarn shop in Spokane, WA, that specializes in Indy Dyers - pretty great, eh! I was invited to give a presentation about dyeing, photography, and nature as part of several hands-on dyeing activities they had planned.
The retreat was held in Whitefish, MT, and the weather was perfect! I gave my powerpoint presentation in the morning, and in the afternoon we went to the back yard of the lovely Good Medicine Lodge for our dye activities. The mountains watched over us.
The shop owners, Nancy and her daughter Libby (in white top), planned two dye activities, both new to me. With Ice Dyeing, we poured a layer of ice over our pre-soaked yarn, donned masks, and sprinkled dye power onto the ice.
We placed the trays of dye/ice/yarn in the sun to melt. My tray is in the front. I used too much dye.
At the same time, Nancy (on the right) set up dye pots with natural dyes: Madder, Marigolds, Osage Orange, Logwood (shown here), walnuts, and cochineal.
Shop owner Nancy had pre-mordanted the yarns witn alum. From left are madder, cochineal, and marigolds (from Nancy's garden),
When they came out of the pot, were were delighted with the colors.
No retreat is complete without knitting, chatting, and some wine.
And Show and Tell. Here Cris B. is showing some mitts knit with my yarn in Huckleberry. They were knit for Cris by Diana R.
I had dinner that evening with a group of knitters at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake. We sat outside (heaters overhead) and watched a beautiful sunset over Whitefish Lake.
I want to thank Libby and Nancy Blossom for inviting me, and the warm and kind retreat participants for making me feel so welcome.