A Time to Live…

…and a time to Dye!  Do you remember this post?  It was all down to wanting a Sophie Digard inspired scarf similar to the one which Vanessa made and not being able to find the colours I wanted. 

Well I’m at it again, this time with a larger palette of dye shades. Last time I ended up with this inspiring basket of yummy colours…

 and I am still using up all the little ends in the needle felting even after I’ve crocheted the ends of balls into tiny flowers.  When you’ve dyed it yourself you don’t want to waste an inch!

I had a kilo of 4ply wool to wind into 25gm hanks which has taken quite a long time to get out of the way. 

 It’s so BORING!  Trouble is, once you’re in the swing of it, you just want to keep mixing and dying and its too frustrating to have to stop to wind more wool so you’ve got to get everything ready beforehand.

I got the utility room all geared up to make a start last night,

 and immediately got a volunteer to help…

Thank goodness Higgins can’t jump quite that high!

I’ve carried on mixing and microwaving and rinsing on and off ever since.  It actually fits in really well with writing the blog as I have 15 minute time slots while the microwave is doing its stuff to sit here typing! (It does mean I’ve abandoned the rubber gloves and I’ve just noticed how grey my hands are getting!)

The light is fading now and I have a very fed up little dog wondering why we are not out walking, so I will leave you with a glimpe of the story so far!

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

11 thoughts on “A Time to Live…

  1. Penelope

    How beautiful ae those colours! I’m really impressed with all the effort and time you put into dying your yarn and can certainly appreciate why every cm of thread needs to be used. What is your sweet kitty cat’s name? I’m sure Higgins wasn’t best pleased when he couldn’t join in with your yarn adventures! xox Penelope x

  2. Toffeeapple

    Oh Penny, what a beautiful post, those colours are just superb!

    Love your helper, is that Henry?

  3. Rachel

    I like the narrative quality to this post, made me feel like an honorary Higgins waiting for the next glimpse of what you were doing.

  4. Geraldine

    The patience !! Though I can quite see how addictive it would be .
    But if my hands were to be stained , I’d want magenta , ultramarine and turquoise … not grey .

  5. Siobhan

    What a fantastic way of getting all the colours you actually want! Lots of work but fun too. It looks wonderful. If your lovely little cat is called Henry, is there a connection between Henry and Higgins and the My Fair Lady song? Or am am I completely barking up the wrong tree – and is your cat even called Henry?

  6. Crochet with Raymond

    Helloooooooooooooo Penny!!!
    your dyeing is gorgeous, i can’t wait to see the end results!
    I loved how we got a sneaky picture of you in that post, I have always wanted to know what you look like and now I know!!!
    Have youself a lovely weekend!
    p.s I am hanging out to make some hearts ;O)

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