Dyeing Yarn

Posted by Caroline Hershey

New adventure along with horrror story

I am trying my hand at dyeing yarns and have had some really lovely successes. Having to set up a place to do the dyeing so that I don’t fear I am poisoning the household as well as making sure whatever I am putting into the septic system is really nothing more than water has all been a challenge. Our dinners haven’t turned blue or green or red so that’s a success. And the water from the exhaust is clear so no bad dye molecules floating around. pH will have to be investigated but a little soda in the water brings it to neutral easily.

It seems like on the Island, colors have hit me at every turn so this is a labor of love. Names like Assateague Shadows, Spring Marsh, Conch Beauty, and others hopefully conjure up images of the Island. Of course I did immediately name one  Wallops Island – reds and blacks – looks like the lauch to me! What fun.

Oh, that horror story. All but one of the ties on one skein slipped off in the initial stageof dyeing and true to the novice dyer that I am, said oh, no problem, I’ll be careful. Well 24 hours later, lots of frustration, and scissors within reach, my dear husband, who rescues me a lot, took pity on me and untangled the mass of knots. It was bad, really bad. Took him hours. So, lesson learned!

New Sweater & Shawl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Cathy has been busy as you can see by these lovely additions:

Cardigan is an Elsebeth Lavold pattern called Lily from her book, Summer Breeze. She knit it in Classic Alpaca DK in her favorite color of course, blue.

This shawl, which she recently completed, is knit in Knit One Crochet Two Crock-O-Dye yarn which we featured at SoXperience. The pattern is Wingspan, free on Ravelry.

DelMarva Fox Squirrel

Posted by Caroline Hershey

With the threat of rain (hurray) we decided to take a walk out on the refuge before breakfast this morning. We felt like the walk was complete, when we were able to spot the eagle beside its nest and then in flight heading for its breakfast.

Our walk ended with  several funnies. The Delmarva Fox Squirrel is a sight to behold. It is large, extremely soft appearing, like you would want to wear it around your neck (anyone spin those fibers?). Most of the time it stays on the ground or near to it because of it’s size, certainly not leaping and running about trees as we were used to grey squirrels. We spotted it up in one of the trees munching on new twigs and when moving from one new smorgasbord to another, it would be dangling by one foot, scrambling to gain purchase on a branch. What a hoot. But he was unperturbed and continued with his snacks.

 Doesn’t he look soft and cuddly? I’m sure he has sharp teeth and long claws.

The totally funny sight was found on our return to the parking lot. Lashed to the back of someone’s bike was none other than a squirrel (stuffed of course!)

Made me forget how starved I was. Have a great weekend!


The yarn I ordered over the net has arrived safely today. I am delighted with the colours & can hardly wait to get knitting. Last year when I was in Germany I purchased some of the Regia brand & was wondering how I would get some more until I found your website.Thank you again for your efficient service.


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