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Years ago in Florida at a similar gathering, I and a lovely bunch of mamas from the community at OneHotMama dyed playsilks. Besides being fun, this was a very frugal move, considering that one can buy a silk scarf and the dye for about $4 when they usually cost about $12. My kids played daily with the silks for 5 years until the silk disintegrated.
With my ever-present "how hard can it be?" approach to new projects and a serious reluctance to overpay for new scarves, this summer I proposed the outing to our local homeschool yahoo group and got a huge response. Many hours on DharmaTrading and plenty of phone calls to customer service later, I'd worked out that I really had no clue what I was doing. Enter another mama who actually loved dying and knew what to do. A short conversation with her lit my way and within the hour I'd ordered over 150 silk scarves and a rainbow of dye. Now the adventure was truly afoot.
Back to last night, we supped on the potluck feast and started our project. Our start was a little slow while we worked out how to set up and what exactly to do with so many people, buckets, silks and dye choices. And then people got comfortable with the project. We saw beautiful designs, fun color combinations, people cheering successes and helping each other with problem solving. Twelve people rinsing in only 2 sinks created little niches for chatting and those same 12 people trying to get at 7 buckets in a small space created plenty of intimacy.
At midnight the last friend left, having helped me finish cleaning up the kitchen. I went to bed with a washing machine swirling with vinegar and over a dozen gloriously decorated silkies. Better yet, the happy glow from a house full of laughing, learning, sharing friends.