From Porch to Shop

It's been a while since the last post here at Vocabulary Yarn. Well there were some technical difficulties (computer death, mostly). Now that we have some fabulous new hardware we are ready to start up the blog again.

Here is one of our new big pots. Sorry I gots the crazy hair.

Here is one of our new big pots. Sorry I gots the crazy hair.

Since our last little sit down, Venessa and I have moved to a new dye studio. Previously we were dyeing on Venessa's back porch. It was great for a start and we were able to dye in crockpots and the whole process was quaint, but exposed to the elements. The porch was screened in, so we didn't get rained on but that was the extent. At one point we had yarn freeze on us this last winter and during the summers here in Georgia are brutal. Thank goodness we have a new climate controlled location.

My husband recently moved to a bigger shop for his job and the old location was practically empty, so we got to move in. The new location meant we were able to upgrade our dyeing process, getting big pots and propane burners. Now we can do 10 skeins at once. This has really spend up everything. For example, last year we did 100 skeins, it took us 22 hours, this past month we had an order of 850 skeins and it took us 14 hours, so much faster. And since we are using big pots and propane burners we are able to really control the heat. This means our colors are coming out of the pots vibrant and intense. 

Here is a shot of the rack and pot setup we are using now. We were cleaning up this day, it's hard to see how much room we actually have now.

Here is a shot of the rack and pot setup we are using now. We were cleaning up this day, it's hard to see how much room we actually have now.

 My husband has his own machine and tool design company. This space was used to machine parts and build equipment. The floor was covered in metal chips and gunk and it looked like a meth lab. We have cleaned up a good bit and it looks less like a meth lab and more like a yarn dyeing studio.

Hopefully over the next few months we will be able to make it more like home for us. Hopefully it will become a place where our friends will want to sit and visit a while.