Learning: Indigo Dyeing

I don't knit.  Or crochet.  So, I don't let myself go into yarn stores too often...or I might start a new bad habit.  Recently, however, a new yarn store called A Verb for Keeping Warm opened and they figured out a way to drag me in.  Back behind all the gorgeous yarn and wonderful spinning wheels, is a section filled with a beautifully curated collection of quilting cottons.  And, wouldn't you know, I go in for the fabric...and come out contemplating taking a weaving class

A couple of weeks ago, to celebrate their one year store anniversary, Kristine Vejar, the owner, opened up access to her indigo dyeing pots for anyone with a skein of yarn or a bit of fabric to come and use.  So generous!  And, of course I showed up with a little linen.

Pots of Indigo.  Yes, they smell a bit and live outside.
Kristine dyeing my linen.  When it first comes out of the vat, it's bright green!
I have to say, there's really nothing more beautiful than a drying rack full of recently dyed indigo yarns.
Once the dye gets more oxygen, it turns from green to blue.
You can see a video of Kristine explaining all about indigo and indigo dyeing on the Ysolda blog.  I don't think it mentions the little tidbit that she told us the night of the dye demonstration about how, long ago, in order to get the ph levels just right, the indigo pots were fed with a strange mixture of mashed bananas and pee.  Yes, urine, specifically from a young boy???  (Maybe that's because they'll pee just about anywhere...go ahead, ask me how I know.)

And, here's my linen!  It turned a beautiful soft French Blue.

Now I just have to figure out how I want to use it!  Any ideas?

A Gorgeous Give-Away

Head over to the rikrak studio for your chance to win some lovelies (including a Peppermint Pinwheels baby play mat!).  And don't forget to check out her Handmade Community Holiday Gift Guide!

It's that time of year!

Holiday shopping has begun!  I've already been going through my Etsy favorites to find some great handmade presents for the lucky people on my list.  (I say they're lucky because I only buy things I would want myself!)

Rik Rak Studio is making it easy for me to find wonderful new items with her Handmade Community Holiday Gift Guide*.  Each week, she picks a category and lets readers post their favorites in each category.  Check back each Tuesday to see what the latest category is, and be sure to add your favorite gift ideas of the season (so I can check 'em out!).

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