It’s time for our sock club members to open up their February packages! What do we have inside?
Hay Bale! Hay is incredibly important to the winter maintenance of our animals. There’s no grass for them to graze on, so in addition to grain, all winter long they get fresh hay to munch on. This means regular hay deliveries. One of the great things about living in Virginia is that the price of hay is much cheaper than when we were on Martha’s Vineyard. Still, we go through 1,400 to 2,000 pounds of hay a week, and it adds up quickly.
We have the hay delivered to the front of the farm, but once it arrives, it still needs to be moved back to the pasture for storage and then into the pen as needed (2-3 times a week).
Amy is in charge of moving the hay. It is a very delicate operation, particularly in the mud, but I can’t imagine it’s as difficult as maneuvering a bus, which Amy has a license for.
Inspired by the multifaceted yellow found in a round bale of hay, I got to work mixing up some colors. In addition to pure yellow, I also mixed up a brown and a yellow-brown solution of concentrated dye.
Then measured it into the dye pot by the milliliter.
Next came the pre-soaked yarn…
I allowed the base color to absorb…
And then added additional brown to get that hint of brown found throughout the bales.
In the end, I was really pleased with the tempered colorway that I came up with.
What would some good patterns be for this lightly variegated yarn? I’ve found a few patterns that I think would pair well with this yarn:
Top Row: A Roll in the Hay socks by Gina House / Ear of Wheat scarf by Natalia Sha / Winter Wheat socks by Valerie Wagoner
Middle Row: Gingko Shoulder Shawlette by Maggie Magali / Winesap socks by Darlene Hayes / Wintered Wheat Mitts by Melissa Schaschwary
Bottom Row: Winnow socks by Janice Kang / Katy mitts by Darlene Hayes / Yellow Dwarf Shawl by verybusymonkey
Do you have any other patterns that come to mind? Share them below! If you have ideas for March, email me (lauria at fiberfarm dot com) and I’ll share them in March’s post!
A special thanks to Cris, who took the photos of me dyeing yarn.
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