I had maybe half a cone of DMC left and decided the time was ripe. Hot, humid, and no inspiration pouring from my own stash.
Right out of the gate, the fates conspired to mess with me. I messed with them instead. The little tub marked RAVEN was empty. Lesson: is the container empty? Throw it out!
Using what I had, I cooked up my own black, as neutral as my internal color wheel could make it.
When it came time to mix three primary colors, I made a point of taking a left at each turn, NASCAR style instead of my predictable course. Once I made enough of each, I used those to set up three complementary colors - the weird cousins got to sit in.
They look really good at this stage. Crispy. I ran out of salt and had to add sugar. Remember, the crystals are just a means of carrying the dye to the thread. I've read that a little salt goes a long way in pushing the dye molecules into the thread molecules, but you can't prove it by me one way or the other. Not like I'm standing there with an electron microscope and a stopwatch as sweat drips into my eyes.
They are washed, rinsed, and rinsed again. Now hanging in the herb dryer on the high deck.
I have to keep an eye on the weather because there's no cover anymore.
It's still hot and humid, but now overcast and I think we are starting to experience some of the smoke from the Canadian wildfires.
I'll be spending the rest of the morning getting the rest of them out to dry. So, good folks who were expecting me to get to the post office today, I'm sorry. But, you will be reaping the benefits of a fresh lot of dyed cloth and thread in your order if you left the choices to me.
I finished it this morning and I feel like I've stepped out of an old-time cinema where I watched an extended version of "Casablanca" and now I'm blinking in the hot sunshine wondering what year it is.
A while back, one of my readers commented that Prophets Tango made her feel like she had just discovered the work of author Amy Harmon for the first time. I made a mental note and promptly lost it.
Last week I was in the library and this was propped up with the librarian's summer picks and I took a chance. Looking forward to reading more of her work.
If anyone has read my book and reads this one, let me know what you think. Colin called it a "Cosmic Coincidence"