the weather turned autumnal here over the weekend. the final push of drizzle left us with my absolute favorite conditions: crisp cool air, bright sun and the knowledge that more days like this will come. ahhh. fall in kentucky, perfect. another delight of early autumn is the flowering goldenrod that lines our roads and pastures. a weed you might think, but a valuable one for anyone with white yarn. the golden color that comes from it’s dye bath is supreme and the shades of green achievable from over dyeing an indigo blue skein are vibrant.
we have some dear friends that transitioned 40 some acres of pastureland into a native prairie through the national conservation reserve program. the acreage is absolutely full of goldenrod. without debating the success or failure of the CRP protocol, we decided to join them for a morning of picking and dyeing with the plant they now have in abundance.