If you ever get a chance to sit in on one of Barb's dyeing classes....go! We had such a fun class on Sunday. In addition to Jean, it was fun to see a few other familiar faces in the class too. Judy and Cindy made the trip up from Rhode Island.
Barb covered a lot of material over the course of the day. Fiber preparation for dyeing, an in-depth explanation of dye stock solutions and ratios, methods of dyeing including low immersion, painting, crock pot and dipping. It's always fun to learn new ways of doing things or streamlining a process and even more fun when you are doing it with friends!
These are 2 of my samples from the class. Because we were covering a lot of information in a short period of time, there was not quite enough time for the remaining portion of the fibers to complete their steam bath, so Barb will be mailing out the yummy fiber when it is dry. Included in that batch is her scrumptious cormo/silk blend and a camel/silk blend.....YUM
I never knew!!!
Now grrls, I am going to admit something to you that still blows me away. I have been to webs a few times and while I thought it was a great store, I didn't quite understand the huge attraction. Yes, a beautiful show room with lots of beautiful yarn, but people buying bags of yarn? I just didn't get it...
That is until Jean walked me thru the warehouse to show me where the bathroom was. HOLY CRAP! You could have peeled me off the ceiling. I had NO idea that there was a huge warehouse that one could stroll thru as well...NO.IDEA!
Needless to say, a little of it came home with me. I bought enough of this beautiful Silk-road Aran Tweed to make a sweater.....and I made sure to purchase a pattern specifically for the yarn, so that it had a use. It is always hard for me to justify yarn purchases as I have a houseful of my own yarn...but I don't dye sweater weight yarn, so that helped make it a bit easier. (I am seeing a number of new sweaters for me this year :))
Jean and I had decided to make a grrls weekend out of the trip and it was fun. Staying at a nearby hotel made the trip an easy and enjoyable one.
We ate in a fabulous little Italian restaurant on Saturday evening and spent the rest of our time knitting and chatting. (more on the knitting tomorrow)
You have to click on Jean's picture and see her great sheep jammies.....they are too cute!