The next time you eat honey, take a moment to appreciate the work (by the bees) that went into creating it and the work (by humans) that went into harvesting and packaging it. And that reminds me of another close-to-the-land industry: yarn.
When I was in Washington DC a year or so ago, I met the wonderful people at Solitude Wool. I signed up for email notices, and get some of the cutest pictures as a result.
In yesterday's newsletter, they were talking about making dyes from pokeberries. I doubt I could ever gather enough pokeberries because the cardinals in my yard eat them faster than imaginable. At any rate, they gathered a huge pan full of berries, mushed them and strained them, cooked them like crazy for hours and hours, and got enough dye for one skein of yarn.
In their own words, “it took 2.5 pounds of pokeberries to dye 1.6 oz of yarn. That is nuts! To do a 4 pound dye lot, I would need 100 pounds of poke berries. Don't expect to be seeing pokeberry dyed yarn for sale at the market…”
BEEattitude for Day #593:
Blessed are those who appreciate the work we bees do, for their honey shall taste sweeter.
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