Since the permafrost has arrived and even the greenhouse tomatoes and peppers are no more, I have been working on processing and dying the nearly 15 pounds of mohair I got off of Polly and Patrick. I now have a paper grocery bag filled with finished skeins of yarn. I also still have a near full paper grocery bag of unwashed mohair and some dyed fiber waiting to be spun.
I collected some plants and dried them for dye over the summer. I'm using them up in a hurry. The color experiments with different mordants and plants is so fun. The colors you get from plants are definitely in the Earth tones range, which is fine with me. I've always been an earth tones girl.
I do have acid dyes which I used frequently when dying fabric for quilting. I like the bright reds and blues you get from those powdered dyes, but I worry about contaminating our water supply when I use them. The colors often come from compounds that include heavy metals. I don't really want that in my septic field or leaching into our well. I don't know how much is "too much" so I'm keeping the use of those to a minimum. The color variety for acid dyes is amazing though. I think I'll have to work on expanding my tea and dye garden come spring.
I've listed the finished yarns on a new etsy page. www.gardnersfarm.etsy.com
Eventually, I'd like to be able sell honey, goat milk caramels and other things produced on the farm on the site. Maybe seeds from our favorite heirloom veggies? Pine cone candelabras? We'll see! We seem to keep finding new things to do and make around here.