Dye Day at Midwest Fiber Company
Yesterday was the perfect day to drive to a beautiful part of Ohio and take a dye class. So that was exactly what I did.
I arrived at the farm of Lee Ann King and the home of Midwest Fiber Company.
Lee Ann's lovely hilltop home overlooks several surrounding farms. The view from her front porch is spectacular. It looks like the kind of front porch upon which you could while away the hours in one of the rocking chairs, a good book in hand. But I know Lee Ann is a farmer and there is no hour while-ing going on on this front porch. There is work to be done.
She has llamas to take care of.
And flowers to raise.
And dye classes to teach.
We started the day learning to dye roving and yarn in Ball jars.
We got some truly brilliant colors with this method. I LOVED my orange yarn.
Then we moved on to hand painting.
Some students hand painted sock blanks.
What the heck are sock blanks, you ask? They are long pieces of white knitted cloth you buy, dye, then use to knit socks. It’s a clever way to design your own color and stripe pattern.
I painted up some white alpaca yarn.
These are not normal colors for me. I felt very daring and livin' on the edge. Yup, a little dab of yarn dye can do that for ya.
At the end of the day, I think the lot of us did a pretty good job. Everybody's colors were so different from each other's. We were all artists for the day.