A fitting alternative title would be the trouble with bees. I would have taken a picture of the goldenrod I used to dye this but I was busy. I went out and gathered all the goldenrod from the yard I could find. I saw the bees but thought I was being careful about knocking them off before I collected the flowers. My husband is allergic, which prompted me to actually fit up the front porch as a dyeing studio, pictures of that later. So I only intended to bring the flowers into the house long enough to weight them I needed a 10:1 ratio for the dye vat. After accounting for the weight of the container I had just shy of 11 oz and called it good enough. I dumped the flowers into the pot and started filling it with water when I noticed the pot was crawling with bees!
I raced it outside and turned the hot water hose on. After filling up the pot and soaking the bees I decided to leave it for them to dry off and fly away while I got Butterfly home from school. Yeah, not so much. They dried off, but where still collecting from the flowers that stuck above the waterline. So I poked them with a stick and flung them away. I then set the pot to boil. The pictures above are the wool I got for my adventure, I think the color is prettier in person.
Spinning project I am working on. I have four skeins like this so far.
1+ lb of Bluefaced Leister/Romney cross, professionally milled and dyed pale indigo. I bought this at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, which was awesome! Next year Mom and I are leaving Dad at home, as he did not have as nice a time as we did. Mom decided to take up wool rug hooking while we were there.
I also got this 4+lbs of East Freisan/poly cross. It is dirty but lovely. I spent about the same for these fleeces highlighting the need for a drum carder. I also got an oz of silk hankies in pinks and browns.
I hope you project adventures are going well & without bees!~ Julia