very, very little yarn dyeing occurred this spring through fall.
then, at the 11th hour, apparently it finally occurred to me that I just couldn't let an entire year go by without a little dabbling,
and so, out to the garden I did go to pick the last of the green (-ish) leaves off the apple trees.
(yarn, left to right, dyed with: inca marigold, inca marigold, apple leaves.
Of course, it didn't hurt that an advanced copy of the revised and updated edition of Wild Color by Jenny Dean had just landed in our mailbox. It was just the inspiration needed.
Now, the first edition of this book was already my most referred to dyebook. More than once I had found myself a little panicky upon realizing I'd misplaced my copy, but, always, it turned up again. You see, for some years it was out-of-print and unavailable in stores, while used copies were selling for a pretty penny online. I was thrilled to find out it was finally coming up for a re-print so now I can truly recommend it again in good conscience.
To be honest, I haven't really taken the time to look through and see what exactly makes this edition "revised and updated" but I can only imagine that, whatever it is, any changes are improvements on an already great resource.
So, if natural dyeing is something you're interested in trying, it's official release date is tomorrow (Nov. 16th).
(However, if you'd rather not dabble in yet another new thing, I really am going to try and get all the yarn I'd dyed over the prior year out, photographed, and listed for sale sometime soon, likely after the Thanksgiving weekend at the earliest. I met some lovely new folks visiting our area this past week and she encouraged me to get all my dyed yarn out yesterday. It's so inspiring seeing all that yarn again.)