Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Purple Natural Disaster
Above is 875 yards of laceweight Purple Trainwreck. (The skein is short five yards. We shall not speak of it. Ever. Fucking knots.) To say this yarn was a royal pain to process is a vast understatement. I was going to try to describe the annoyance, but I thought perhaps a photo was worth a thousand words:
That's the yarn at about... 5:30 last night. That's in my office, where I threw it in frustration after spending TWO HOURS winding it on to the niddy-noddy and finding out that it had gone onto the niddy-noddy tangled. (Mind you, this is after an hour spent winding it out to the extra-long skein BEFORE the dye process.)
Anyway, it survived. I'm not sure I did. My left hand (the one that holds the niddy-noddy) is killing me today. I'm not sure I'll ever again do a long color repeat lace weight yarn, because I don't think I can sell the stuff for enough money to make up for the time spent. (If I were to sell this skein for the usual $22, after I take out cost of supplies, I will be paid $1.50 an hour. I expect to not make big bucks at this, but a buck fifty an hour is a little ridiculous, even for an at-home artisianal business.)
While I was crunching numbers, I did some more and decided that while I do have just barely enough money for a spinning wheel, I'd be smarter to spend some of that money to join a gym and burn off all the fat I gained on this damned medication. Though I'm going to talk to my doc about getting reimbursed by the insurance company, I seriously doubt it will happen.
Adulthood and responsibility is such a bitch.
And while I'm irritated, take a look at this:
This is my little poo-head of a child in her favorite TV watching position. STANDING. She was pulling this last night and I went and shot her with the bubble gun. She giggled. I felt better. Little booger. (Yes. I know she's too close to the TV. You have any suggestions on how to keep her away from it that don't involve hanging it from the ceiling?)
Yesterday while I was dyeing yarn, I ran out of vinegar and used lemon juice instead. (It was with experimental, one-off egg dye, anyway.) The skein came out a little murky but it looks cool. It's some short-color-repeat easter egg rainbow laceweight.
Turned out all right, but I wouldn't ever use lemon juice voluntarily. Still, it's a good trick to know in a yarn-dyeing emergency.
I'm gonna go shoot the kid with the bubble gun again, now.
at 12:24 PM