I was out harvesting milkweed pods yesterday. While most plants are thriving in the heat and rain, some of them just don’t make it through the summertime. This milkweed plant was one of them. However instead of feeling sorry for it or reflecting on death, I saw it as being such a beautiful plant full of inspiration and color, in contrast to the rest of the green milkweed pods made of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same. I couldn’t resist taking the leaves. Now they will live on forever in this photo, and will inspire me to dye some of my yarn skeins in tones reminiscent of their dying glory.
Why was I harvesting milkweed pods, you might ask? You know that fluff inside them, that blows the seeds around? It can be harvested and used for spinning. Actually in the past it was used like animal down, stuffed inside blankets to keep you warm. Apparently it’s more insulating than goose down. Who would have thought it!
You can bet there will be a blog post about them in the future, once I figure out what I’m doing exactly. I’ve put a new feature on the blog, to the right hand side you can see a list of upcoming posts. These are drafts I’m working on based on adventures I’m having or going to have. Sometimes though the adventure becomes a bit more tedious than expected, as with the corn paper adventure… the husks just don’t seem to be doing a whole lot of separating in my crock pot. And I often come and post new posts which aren’t worked on in advance, just like this one. So the new feature lets you take a glimpse into the future but not necessarily only what will appear here – you have to come back or subscribe to the RSS feed to catch everything that goes on! And as always I do love to read everyone’s fun comments, even if half of them are from my mom 🙂