Pat and I had a very nice Thanksgiving. We were invited to dinner by one of our Alpaca Ranchers. They had also invited three soldiers from our nearby Army base. It was so nice to meet people who were far from home and did not have to spend the holiday alone. I
made assembled an apple pie with the help of Marie Calendar frozen pie shell.
This past Monday, I demonstrated dyeing wool with rabbitbrush, black walnut and black beans to a third grade class. I had forgotten what it was like being with 9-10 year old children. But they were very attentive, asked many questions about other plant possibilities and what made the dye smell so bad! The rabbitbrush dyed yellow and the black walnut dyed the wool a wonderful golden brown and the alpaca wool a darker brown. But the black beans was a dud! No color whatsoever. I had used it before and it dyed a light blue. That was the only mishap, no accidental dye on anything except the wool and the students asked me to come back and show them how to spin fleece into yarn. Here is the finished yarn.
My Navajo rug weaving is progressing.
That’s it for now!