I bet you are wondering how the dye job went.......well, it took me three tries to get it so that I wouldn't cry when I looked at her.
I started off by doing just the end and it grabbed waaay too much green and turned dark very quickly. So, I sat and thought about it for a minute and decided to go to the other end of the spectrum with some soft orange, which did help, but then the tips were VERY different from the rest of the stole, so I added a bit more orange and reversed directions, putting the rest of the stole in the dyepot and keeping the darker end out.
It was ok....but the bottom was still a good bit darker than the rest of the stole...so I cried a bit and had a cup of tea to relax and regroup. When an hour had come and gone, I finally decided to take a breath and go a shade deeper than orange and headed towards a toffee color.
Immediately I knew that this was going to fix the discrepancy in color....but I was still sad that she was not the color she was supposed to be.
I put the bigger part of the stole in the dyepot and let it simmer for a bit and then I put the bottom in for the last few minutes. (kind of like pulling the color thru your hair after it has sat on the roots for a bit).
While Bee is a good bit darker than I had envisioned her to be, she is still the golden color of honey in the comb as seen in this picture that I snagged from a bee blog that I read. I hope Becky doesn't mind :) Actually this will be a very nice colorway for fall, don't you think?
I am going to take some nice pictures of Bee outside if it ever stops raining. I don't know how it is in other parts of the country, but here in Northern NH, it has basically been a continuation of what we saw this winter, except instead of snow it has been rain, rain, rain and more rain. It's has also been very humid which I really hate. Not very good for the garden either. (more on that another day)
Meet little Miss Gypsy :). Her registered name is Marjorelle Travelin' Show and let me tell you, this little one is full of beans for sure!
I have been trying to be a better blogger, so I have actually blogged ahead a few days for when I will be away. I have heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit...at least I think it was 21, so I am trying to keep on track. :)
Wish us luck.......