I've had redyeing the pair of leggings on my to do list. So much of the plant dyeing info is geared towards wool and silk, and I spent a lot of time researching what I could do with what I had on hand for cotton fabric. I finally decided to try dyeing with oak galls with some added iron water (prepared months ago with iron filings, water and vinegar). They're soaking as I type. Hopefully, I'll have something interesting to show you. I accepted an offer, and sold a book on ebay. I sold another book a different day, and reused mailers to ship them. Our okra, a quiche which used our eggs, sweet pepper and parsley was made, and two rolls that were in the freezer to go along. Thanks to Becky's encouragement, I planted more chard seeds. Maybe this time, they'll do something. We'll be getting lots of rain from Hurricane Michael starting tomorrow, so as long as they don't get washed away, that should help. I dug our peanuts, and got less than I planted. They were in a somewhat shady spot, and they'd been chewed by something (again), either rabbits or deer I expect. I may have to add peanuts to the list of things I can't grow here.
|the leggings just pulled out of the dye bath|
Michael's rain brought more mushrooms. With the first nights in the upper 40's (hooray, the lows have lately been upper 60's and low 70's), I brought in all the orchids, the aloes and Christmas cactus. I've been gathering holey greens and wild dock for the chickens. I really wanted a salad on Sunday, but didn't have a lot to work with. I grabbed the few lettuce leaves I could, found some chickweed, tiny lambs quarter and violet leaves, arugula growing with the winter greens, added our cucumber, a carrot and there you go. I made soup with our tromboncino squash, tomatoes, basil , parsley and a few bought items. I placed an order through ebates, with 12% cash back. It's supposed to get to 81 tomorrow, so we didn't want to get the wood stove going just yet. We turned on the heat pump just long enough to get the chill off, after the night in the 40's. I brought my wool slippers out, and hot glued some spots where the sole was pulling away. This week, I think it's time to switch to cold weather clothes and sheets. I'm looking forward to flannel, cashmere sweaters and cozy clothes again. Have a great week, friends!