We are very lucky in the Booker household that very little of what we do is actually necessary for the world to keep turning. So when the snow piles up, we can stay indoors and nobody will miss us.
My one essential commitment in the last few days was to deliver an online class for the OU on Wednesday night and, being online, it was unaffected by the first stirrings of the #beastfromtheeast. Since then I have mainly spent my time dyeing yarn, dealing with admin and eating carbohydrates.
I have now used up pretty much all the dyestuffs in the house – down to rinsing out ten-year-old plastic bags – but I have a pleasing rainbow of yarn to show for it.
The only results I am not entirely happy with are a couple of BFL/silk skeins (not included above) which I dyed in henna with tannins and citric acid. This worked well last time I did it, but on this occasion the yarn turned out blotchy – almost certainly due to impatience on my part – so I shall overdye it later.
Something I find slightly unnerving about these BFL blends is that the wool component is superwash. I am used to being ever so careful with the merino/silk and still having to tease it apart a little when dry, so overdyeing it is not my favourite thing. But the BFL looks as fresh as ever, so I shall barge ahead.
Outside it is a little warmer but still snowing. The snow is tending to drift from east to west and we have almost lost the compost bin at the west end of the garden.
That red you can see through the hedge is the safety barrier around our hole-in-the-road. Scottish Water dug it up (again) about ten days ago, so now there is a hole full of snow. Fortunately, we still seem to have mains water.
My current task is winding all those skeins into balls, which is why I am blogging instead!