Hmm, scratch that, party to dye for. Yes, that is what happened here at my house today. I was up at 8:00 a.m. preparing for my guests. At 11:00 people started showing up and we got things going. (A funny note, I have learned that no matter what I do or say, people from SnB show up for events half an hour earlier, so if I want people here at 11:00, I tell them the party starts at 11:30, which is what I did). There was incredibly delicious food including B’s potato soup. I have to pause here for a moment as I am suddenly filled with an overwhelming desire to drive to her house and demand the leftovers. Casey made scrumptious finger sandwiches (when did this group get so fancy?) and Crystal provided a lovely green salad. I made delectable red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was, well, decadent really.
Prior to lunching I ran a communal bath in my bath tub…for the yarn, for the yarn, people! I sloshed a good bit of vinegar in and we all put our yarn to be dyed into it to presoak while we ate. After dining the dyeing began. There was a good representation of materials as well as dye processes at the party. Acid dyes and food coloring (Wilton) were used. Kettle and hand dye were the processes. Cotton, wool, and silk, were the fibers used. There were many beautiful finished results too. Unfortunately, the only person taking pictures of the actual party was our resident professional photographer extraordinaire, Casey. So, you will have to be content with the pictures of all of my lovely goodies that resulted from the party.
Some of the dyers stayed for a wee after party that involved pizza, boardgames and a bottle of wine. It was great fun and made for a long day. I literally collapsed after all was said and done. At the end of the day I forgot how fantastic it feels to sit and not be on your feet.