While it was still chilly outside this morning, I went on a goldenrod hunt. I took a short walk near our yard and found over 2 pounds of goldenrod blossoms.
It did help to do the collecting before the heat of the day, but I still got a bunch of bugs and spiders in my bag of goldenrods. So I took my pot of water on the deck, dumped all the goldenrods and bugs into the pot,
smashed them into the pot,
put on the lid, put the pot on the stove, and didn’t look in the pot until it water was boiling! I cooked the blossoms for about an hour.
I poured off the dye. The cooked blossoms go to the compost pile. The dye went back to the stove and I put 2 skeins of yarn in it. I let the yarn simmer for nearly an hour, then cool down for a few more hours. After a rinse and wash, I hung the yarn to dry.
On the left is 4 oz of 80% alpaca / 20% silk lace weight. The right is 4 oz of 100% alpaca sport weight.
While at Pie Day last month, I had a guy ask about an ear flap hat in blaze orange. It got me thinking. While the goldenrod dye pot was cooking, I put my last packets of Tangerine Kool-Aid into a pot of water and dyed enough yarn to make a hat. Check this yarn out!
The regular Orange Kool-Aid is no where near this orange. The Tangerine is a Spanish flavor and it is hard to find. I found it by accident at a dollar store awhile back and haven’t seen it since!
And we discovered a snapping turtle nest was hatching today. We gathered around 20 for a friend who has a pond. And 17 more crawled out.
Those 17 I delivered to the back waters of the river where their mother went back to after she laid the eggs in June! They are so darn cute when they are first hatched.