Yesterday we met up with Adam again and he came back to spend another couple days on the farm. This morning we harvested my indigo plants in the garden. Cut them off a few inches above ground. They will send out new shoots and be ready to harvest a couple more times – depending on weather.
Next we stripped all the leaves from the stems. Stems go into compost, leaves into the pot. After a couple hours of cooking, adding ammonia, cooling, adding dye remover and letting the dye vat sit, we added the yarn and kept the pot at about 120 degrees. Adam seemed disappointed to see me squeeze the dye from the yarn.
We had talked about indigo being the color of blue jeans. Adam said, ‘Looks like we picked bad indigo.’
But before I could even get the water squeezed out, the yarn was turning blue. Once most of the water out, I gave the skein to Adam.
He swung the yarn in the air. The oxygen makes the indigo turn blue. He said it was amazing. It is one of the coolest things I’ve done in the dyeing arena. Amazes me every time! Once dry, they will get a vinegar bath and then dry again.
In the meantime…
the lawn needed mowing. Adam got right on that job. Our yard if mostly flat, so it is nice and safe for mowing.
This is our shearing table. Every year when we shear, someone remarks that it would be so much easier to sweep off the fiber between alpacas if the table were painted.
Adam was on the job. With some paint leftover from when we painted out dining room, the shearing table is now a nice color called ‘Goose Feathers’!
While the indigo was cooking, was supper was being made and during a few other down times, Adam was back at the ball winder.
He took 4 of the skeins that he wound last week (and I dyed) into balls.
Now they are ready for me to knit into mittens! After supper, Adam showed us his album of photos from his trip to Australia. They are extra special when he tells about each one. And now, it is time for ice cream! YUM!