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  • Out of the dye pots...

    Here's what I've been up to and took with me to the trunk show at Yarntopia this past Saturday. What's left will be listed on my Etsy shop, Monday, November 14th at 7pm central time. (The spinning fiber is all sold, but I wanted to document it here, nonetheless. I hope to do more of it in the future!) I think the only color/bases not pictured here are "amarillo by mornin" and a lighter shade of "barely" in TexRanch WORSTED, both of which will be listed in the update tomorrow. 

    HIGHLAND BULKY 100 % U.S. grown & spun MERINO

    "serenity now" dyed with logwood

    "turquoise trail" dyed with Saxon blue

    "herb garden" dyed with rosemary, lavendar and Saxon blue

    "rainy day" dyed with cutch, saxon blue and cochineal

    "barely" dyed with avocado pits

    TexRanch WORSTED 52% Texas-raised kid mohair + 48% Texas-raised superfine merino; U.S. milled

    "westward glow" dyed with marigolds and avocado pits

    "prairie highlights" dyed with East Texas goldenrod

    "summer bouquet" dyed with marigolds, hibiscus, coreopsis and madder root

    "shibori" dyed with organic indigo

    "la botella" dyed with osage orange and organic indigo

    "distracted" dyed with logwood and cochineal

    "pokeweed" dyed with pokeweed, logwood and cochineal

    "thistle" dyed with Texas bullnettle, saxon blue and cochineal

    "new growth" dyed with osage orange and saxon blue

    "twilight" dyed with logwood

    "native summer" dyed with onions and marigolds

    "barely" dyed with hibiscus

    "Old Town" dyed with madder

    "desert in bloom" dyed with avocado (sometimes hibiscus) and cochineal 

    "spiral shell" dyed with avocado, onion and black walnut powder

    "blue jean jacket" dyed with organic indigo

    "straw bale" dyed with Texas bullnettle

    "leaf peeper" dyed with onion skins and saxon blue

    Interstate WORSTED 100% U.S. grown & milled superwash wool

    "blue jean jacket"

    "barely"

    "amarillo by mornin" dyed with cutch

    "palo duro" dyed with madder

    TexRanch LACE 52% Texas-raised kid mohair + 48% Texas-raised superfine merino; U.S. milled

    "la botella (light)" dyed with myrobalan and organic indigo

    "twilight"

    "mission" dyed with madder and indigo

    "spruce" dyed with onion skins and organic indigo

    "native summer"

    "blue jean jacket"

    Backroads WORSTED 100% Rambouillet, raised and milled in Wyoming

    "blue jean jacket"

    SPINNING FIBER

    Heritage breed, Gulf Coast Native Roving raised & milled in Texas

    "battle of flowers" dyed with marigolds

    Mohair locks from "Gidget" the goat, raised in Texas

    "shibori"

  • By fits and starts

    When I envision business growth and especially when I examine businesses that have been doing what I want to do for a while... I have this fairytale assumption that it happens quickly. Like in a week or two. I know it's silly! Totally naive. But that's the childish, underlying belief that I have to talk myself out of all the time. Businesses (and most things worthwhile, for that matter) take time, and Trial and Error, and fits and starts.

    I haven't dyed as much as I would have liked the last couple of weeks, but I've been examining logos, testing yarns and planning *gulp* budgets. 

    I've also been translating a messy dye notebook into something that'll be a bit easier to revisit and follow:

    I can't find the exact post, but over a year ago I found the idea over on this blog to use blank business cards and plastic card-holder sheets to organize a yarn dye notebook. 

    Like the working names? They may change. Still not sure if George Strait will come after me for naming a colorway after one of his songs. Or Larry McMurtry for that matter. Little known fact: Lonesome Dove is one of my all time favorite books and I've watched the mini-series more times than I'll ever admit.

    So... next steps. It is time to make my first indigo vat. *GASP* Yes, my first. I have dyed with indigo, I've just never cooked up the vat myself.  And as long as I'm being honest here, I will tell you that all I can think of when I see lye is that scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt makes the kiss burn/scar on Ed Norton's hand. Ouch!

    Next-next step: logo. This is happening, and I'm super excited. I've examined round one and I love my options. Just need to provide some feedback.

    I'm also pretty pumped about a custom mill in the works. Though I will most likely continue dyeing my current worsted base as well because it's lovely. Just this morning, I ordered up a single-ply fingering to play with, and I'm going to experiment with liquid dyes and saxon blue from Botanical Colors. I've been enjoying watching Pigeonroof Studios' instagram feed; her experiments with liquid saxon blue are what piqued my interest there.

    Wish me luck! and focus! I'll keep you updated on my progress ;)

    Here's one final pic of my latest (almost finished!) color & wear test/sample:

    Progess pic from instagram. Pattern is Artichoke French by Laura Nelkin, in logwood purple, aka "Purple, plain and tall."