We are doing the last minute dyeing before we leave for Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. We leave at the crack of dawn on Tuesday. It is a 800 mile drive and we are doing it in one day. I am really looking forward to Madrona. Stop by and visit us if you are coming.
Tactile Fiber Arts will be selling wonderful naturally dyed yarns and spinning fibers. We have expanded our selection and there is some great stuff in there like yak and suri alpaca fibers and merino-silk and alpaca yarns. We have also added organic merino and cotton yarns. So much goodness.
Speaking of natural dyes (and we are because I haven't used synthetic dyes in at least a year), I have been meaning to point out a post on our Tactile store blog. There are a lot of misconceptions about natural dyes and we are trying to set the record straight. Stop in and read this post if you are interested in learning more about natural dyes. Please feel free to ask questions there for us to answer in future posts.
There is also a lot of progress on the North Roe shawl. I am into the second chart and probably about 65-70% done with the knitting.
Here is a close-up of the chart 2 pattern. The bottom part (from the knitter's perspective) is lacier. There is one more chart that gets really lacy. I am looking forward to that one.
With the shawl getting close to being down I am starting to wonder what I will wear it with. I can't think of anything that will work with those colors. It would look great if I overdyed it forest green. I wonder if Ronni would be offended if I dyed it? It is such a generous gift and a wonderfully soft merino yarn.
I am really feeling the lace and scanning the horizon for the next piece to make. On a whim I decided to join the Mystic Light Mystery Shawl KAL. Sign-ups are open until March 25th. I may need something else before the end of March. Maybe the #3 Flower Shawl by Hitomi Shida or the Cleopatra Wrap in Sensual Knits by Miriam L. Felton (Ravelry links).
Think happy travels for us on Tuesday!