Monday, July 23, 2007

If it's hot (and it is!!), I must be dyeing!!

I didn't get to the dyepots until Sunday, but I now have almost 30 batching. A friend gave me her collection of dyes when she decided she couldn't do it anymore. They are old, some probably at least 10 years old, but I figured it was worth a try. She had lots of mixed colors, which I do not normally buy, and they were mostly from Pro-Chem, so I got some colors I can't get at Dharma. It was a chance to try them out with minimal expense on my part.

Here's a part of what I left batching last night. Even though it has been warm, I wanted these babies baking, so I left my heat lamp on them. And, there are 18 more pots batching in the garage, where I know it stayed hot overnight.

Saturday night we participated in a western American ritual- we went to the rodeo, which is part of the Pioneer Day celebration in Utah. For those who don't know, Pioneer Day is a holiday that celebrates the Mormon Pioneers arrival in the Salt Lake valley. For those of us who are not part of the predominant culture/faith, it's a nice second holiday in July.

I had fun playing with my camera- it was dark for most of the rodeo, and I had to use action settings, which are slower shutter speeds. So there is lots of noise in most of them. But, I got a few I thought were worth saving!

Here you are, Shannon, since you won't be seeing anything like this until you come home!!

The steer wrestling--

And the calf roping--

I think this is saddle bronc riding, although the rider is walking away. Can't remember who won this one, the horse or the rider--

The trailer race--

And, the one that everyone waits for, the bull riding. I wish I could capture the action better, but it is just beyond my camera, especially in the dark.

So there you have it, the start of How I Spent My Long Holiday Weekend. I'll be washing out the dyepots today, and Bentlee and I will be doing more discharge with dishwasher gel. And, I overdyed some of the pieces we discharged last weekend, so we'll see how those turn out!

1 comment:

Nellie's Needles said...

oooo...can't wait to see what comes out of your dye pots.

Thanks for the rodeo pics. We go to one every couple of years when on vacation here in Colorado or in Wyoming.