Everyone knows Tina as the Depraved Dyer. I’d think Genius Dyer, Super Amazing Dyer, or Unbelievably Awesome Dyer are better descriptions, but I guess they don’t sounds as cool.
As I mentioned yesterday one of the coolest things about camp was the opportunity to have a dying class with Tina. She told us a bit about her creative process, how dying happens at Blue Moon, and we talked a lot about color choices and how they make you feel.
Our homework for the class was to do a color study. We were instructed to bring examples of colors we love and colors that make us uncomfortable. I was excited to do the homework and thought I knew for sure what the results would be. I would have said I didn’t have a favorite color, that I like variety, and I would have said that pastels made me uncomfortable. I would have been a liar.
Take a look at some of my homework photos. What do you see? Not a lot of variety. Clearly I like autumn colors with a big emphasis on copper/cherry wood colors and greens. What color isn’t in there at all? Blue. I would never have said I don’t like blue, but other then blue jeans there wasn’t hardly any in my wardrobe and none in my house. Not even my bathroom is blue. I never would have guessed.
We had three skeins of STR Medium weight to dye and were instructed to try two in our comfort zone and one outside of it.
For my first skein I did my best to replicate that cherry/copper color. I think I came pretty close and as you might imagine I love it. Totally my favorite of the bunch (it’s photographed on my copper & cherry table).
My non-comfort skein is blue, but I added some grey and purple to make it a little more me. I may not knit something for me out of it, but I think it’s pretty to look at.
My favorite wardrobe colors are pinks and greens so I tried to incorporate them in my last skein. I really love the pinks in this yarn, but I wish I’d left the green out. Maybe it won’t look as blotchy once it’s knit.
What about my skein from Tina? She knows how to do pink and green right! Love it!
I’m excited and inspired to break out the dyes at home and give it a try. I’m no longer the timid dyer, I’m the delighted dyer!