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!