5/19/2017 End of week Olio

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.

Three or four years ago, my brother was making kitchen steps and selling them where he lived.  I requested one as my cabinets were built and hung by the Jolly Green Giant, aka eldest son who is considerably taller than I am and reaching items from the top shelf or the top of the cabinet required at least one step for me, though I am a tall woman.  Then the grands moved in and they needed the stool to even reach the counter tops.  The stool came to me with primer on it and in my laziness, it remained that way, though it was beginning to look pretty cruddy.  This morning, as a trip to Michael’s Craft store was in order, a bottle of Milk Paint Primer and a bottle of Port Milk Paint were purchased in addition to the little jar of Violet Cake Icing colorant.

First up upon arriving home was to soak a huge skein of sport weight handspun Leicester Longwool that I had spun a while back and while it was soaking in a citric acid bath, a pot for kettle dyeing was set up with some of the Violet colorant.  A friend had shown me some skeins that she had dyed this way and the way the color broke during the dyeing process fascinated me and I wanted to try it for myself.  When everything was ready to go, the skein was held with about half of if in the dye kettle and as soon as the color began to break, the rest was dropped into the kettle and submerged to simmer until the dye was absorbed by the yarn.  What a gorgeous skein it made.



The color breaks to a beautiful teal blue, even some of the yarn that was originally submerged in the violet showed the color break.  This photo doesn’t do it justice as it was still very damp.  There is another very large skein of the same weight almost finished spinning and it is going to be dyed the same way and the two worked together into something lovely to wear.

The garden has received no more of my attention in the past few days due to the heat and the intermittent thunderstorms.  It won’t get my attention tomorrow either, as there is an Open House at the Newport Community Center and I will be there spinning as one of the local Artisans.  The local blacksmith will be there, a used book sale, an art exhibit and sale by local artists, a silent auction by the children’s Loco Arts program, activities for the kids, and a pig smoked outside for BBQ.  Next week is to be more seasonal and as the bi weekly garden notice was received today telling me that the corn and tomatillos could now be planted outside, it really needs to get done and the pumpkins need to be put in little pots to give them a head start.


Fibers, yarn, handspun knitwear ready to go tomorrow.

Back to the stool.  After the dyeing was complete, the kitchen stool was thoroughly cleaned and received a coat of Milk Paint Primer and the first coat of the colored paint.

kitchen stool

Another coat of the Port color will be applied tonight and tomorrow if there is time or Sunday, the sealer coat will be applied.  It has only taken 3 or 4 years to get this done.  At the same time I bought the stool, I had my brother make me a spinning stool.  It was totally unfinished and it sat for about two years until it was finally given a Polyshade finish of Walnut.

spinning stool

It sits in my spinning area, sometimes used as my spinning stool, sometimes as my side table with a hand woven linen dresser scarf, made by a friend and won as a door prize at the spinning retreat we attend a couple of times a year.  She was excited that I won it, I was more excited that I won such a great gift.  She and I will be heading out later next week to attend the retreat.  It is normally held in February, but the lodge had HVAC failure requiring major reinstall and they moved us to May.  I am looking forward to seeing folks that are only seen a few times a year and having 3 full days of spinning and social time.


2 thoughts on “5/19/2017 End of week Olio”

  1. Fran, the colors on that yarn are delicious! I, too, have a step stool in the kitchen, but not the wooden beauty you have; just a “library” stool that grips to the floor when weight is applied. At 5’3″, I really need it to navigate around our kitchen.
    The soaps arrived! Thank you so much for the prompt shipping.

  2. D > A spinning stool without a back? I’d never thought of that – in our tradition a spinning stool has a long narrow back – to allow free movement of the spinner’s arms. But a weaving stool has no back.

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