Mystery Dyeing

blog mystery dyeingI decided it was time to use up some of the dyes that have taken over both my kitchen counters and fridge. Rumor has it these areas are supposed to be used for cooking and food storage……who knew. Yellow is turmeric dyeing some threads previously dyed in pomegranate, plus I threw in a small amount of lopi yarn. The purple-pink is a lac and logwood combination, so a real mystery mix. It is also dyeing some thread and lopi. The thread is currently a disgusting color so it will probably be redyed later this evening, I will leave the yarn for a few hours and then decide it’s fate. I have two more jars sitting on the counter and then I will start on what is living in the fridge. Eventually it reaches a point where it is nice to start with brand new dyes (and have room to cook and store food too!)

I am dyeing small amounts of lopi as our 6 year old wants a hat that has been naturally dyed. I think small amounts of different colors knit into patterns would be fun; a completely unplanned hat. The thread is for the bull skull stitched piece; this is a piece of a lot of different bits…..I am still figuring out just where it is going.

Winter Close Ups In Black and White

Winter looks a little bit different up close and in black and white. The above images are from an afternoon of snowshoeing.

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Photography by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

1:00 am Cookies

blog cookies 2Doesn’t everyone bake Christmas cookies at 1:00 am? Yesterday’s batch lasted a half hour, these will be gone by the end of lunch today as they will be packed in the kid’s lunches.

blog cookies 1Most people seem to do one big Christmas bake, but that doesn’t work in our house. It seems no matter how many dozens of cookies I bake the kids find a way to eat them instantly. Five kids, of which three are VERY hungry boys, can consume a lot of cookies.

Chances are some of these cookies may even disappear before morning…..of course my husband may have something to do with that!

Festival Lights The Night – Christmas Lights in Red Deer

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On November 22, 2014 downtown Red Deer (Alberta, Canada) was the site for “Festival Lights the Night”, a celebration for the start of the festive season including the lighting of two very large Christmas trees.

Originally I wasn’t going to post the pictures from the event as it was hard to get images of lights without crowds in the pictures. After glancing through the images a second time I decided that perhaps the crowds made the pictures and gave context to the event beingĀ  well attended.

It was a great evening. We saw trees lit, heard a band, saw some mascots, enjoyed the lights, and saw a live nativity. Luckily we live within walking distance so we were also able to incorporate a rather brisk walk.

I especially like the picture of the nativity as the scene has been Canadianized……the shepherd is wearing snowpants….very practical and a little bit less traditional too.