Welcome to the new At Stone Cottage. A while back when I took a break from blogging, I took time to plan and write goals for what I wanted to do next. If you have visited here before, you may remember I mentioned wanting to have an online store. I realize now why I didn't get it done at the time. It's a lot of work! A few months ago, however I put those goals in place and took one step at a time towards opening a shop. I started hand dyeing yarn, working on hand embroidery projects, organic lip balms, and candles, so that when I came back here, I'd finally have the shop, and something to share with you.
I started dyeing yarn last fall using natural plants such as goldenrod, purple sage, onion skins, and teas, I enjoy natural dyeing and will likely do it again this summer for some new projects I have in mind. I think gathering for dyeing is a hobby all its own and is quite fun, but can be hard if it is not the time of year to gather. I then spent time reading books about dyeing, watching videos, and learning dyeing techniques using commercial dyes until I got the colors I desired. Dyeing is relaxing and gives me the same peaceful and meditative feeling most of us experience when knitting.
I'll be finishing up some computer work this afternoon and then will be opening my online "market" this evening or tomorrow morning! Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit about the process with you here:) Now let's talk about a little knitting shall we...
I couldn't help but cast on a pair of Forever and Always Socks after seeing Andi's pair. It's a nice pattern with a ribbed cuff, (knit through the back loop) and an alternating knit/purl cable to keep things interesting.
It's raining here today as you can see by the wet Primrose and the shadows. (The yarn is dyed by me. Color: Sprinkle Jar.)
I still adore nature and photography. Bluebirds stop by often and it is usually a split-second decision to race and find my camera vs. just sitting and enjoying them. Aren't they just perfectly made?
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a lovely week ahead. Now that I am caught up on work here, I will be enjoying visits to the knitty blog community this week and starting a list of my favorites. I'll talk to you soon! Jeannine xo