Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Indiana indigo

down a country road in the heartland of Indiana
and up a long driveway to Trading Post for Fiber Arts
where even the livestock love the blues
a fabulous group of folks from Indiana, Illinois
and Nebraska converged June 9th and 10th to learn  
how to dye with indigo,
the only natural blue dye
in the world.
fifteen in all, plus a very happy, smiling Charlie pup.
Peter spun this yarn, a two-ply, and then dipped it
to a smashing blue hue.
I was delighted to meet and work with Kate Larson
who came to dye with indigo and also landed the cover of the
Spring issue of Spin~Off plus two feature articles
in the Summer issue of Jane Austen Knits
With the help of Benita, who ran the wood fires
all weekend so the indigo vats hummed along,
I was able to focus on teaching the students how to keep
their indigo vats balanced so they got the maximum blues time.
you can see Benita's posts for more pictures here and there.
the blue hues were stellar.
Kate's sweater had been a dreary gray upon arrival.
never is destined for many new occasions!
here is the result of a fold and clamp on fabric
Shawna came Sunday and worked until the last
minute putting a few pounds of roving
through her indigo vat.
the pool was a beeeautiful blue and
with the temps in the high 80's it was a welcome
relief for swimming and toe dipping.
Peter modeled his own handspun, hand knit socks.
guy time poolside, Peter and Charlie take a break.
  I had the very best time taking the blues to Indiana. everyone
absorbed the instruction to perfection and the results were magnificent.

from high above on the homeward flight, blue captured my view.
it is in the sky, the rivers, the oceans and beyond.
blue is precious.


  1. What a wonderful you all had! Great photos!

  2. You and those travelin' shoes! Love to see the places you go, bringing blue and other wonders of color to the world. Hooray!

  3. It is a gift to be able to take color on the road, for sure.
    My shoes have taken a rest for a spell. Time to focus on all the classes coming up here on the farm AND smell the roses which are abloom!

  4. I hadn't seen Kate's sweater! How did I miss that?

    Thank you for coming for the weekend. It was tons of fun. I still have blue around my finger nails. :)

    1. Easy to miss...we were busy, Benita!
      The blue fingernail syndrome lives...protein loves blue!

  5. Anonymous8:23 AM

    ... blues have ALWAYS been my favorite / default color. treasure the wonderful "denim blues" mohair I did w/ you (& Diane Golding) years ago :o) ~ m.

  6. imagine no blue? impossible. what a blue blue blue trip!

    1. so true, surrounds us, earthly, visually and emotionally