I find myself sitting on the deck an inordinate amount. Perhaps we could call it meditation and the goal of this summer's meditation is color.
It's been awhile since I've dyed yarn, but I seem to be recreating my past a bit this summer. I purchased Sabraset dyes from ProChem, reviewed the process, which is far less daunting than you might imagine, and began recreating the swatchbook of dye samples I used to have. Color memories returned. The delight I felt dyeing gradations in canning jars 7 colors at a time, seeing the shift from magenta to turquoise and the purples in between, is pretty indescribable.
I promise myself I'll not begrudge a child's urge to see things in rainbow order. Those little skeins in a row...so satisfying.
There was a time when each tapestry I wove used dyed yarns based on a pair of complements. I'm contemplating blue and orange or red and green, whichever way it plays out, the middle tones will be exquisite, something you just can't buy.
Stay tuned for designs that once again grow from the dye pot. In the meantime, I'm heading back out to the deck.