Its all true, the boogie girl is real, and you've found her. She knits, sews, spins, does pottery and writes it all down in this blog.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The things I know...
1. Vinegar in the eye hurts. It hurts so much I can barely think. Here I was with dye all over my sexy yellow kitchen gloves and all I could think of was "GET THEM OFF RUB THE EYE!" and I'm spewing teal dye all over the dye space. Which brings me to...
2. When you really really want those yellow gloves off and are yanking at the fingers, they get quite sticky and don't want to come off. They will snap back onto your hand, spewing dye all over your dye space. By the time you do get them off you'll probably forget why you wanted them off in the first place. Unless of course the vinegar has seared through the nerves holding your eye in place, thus letting your eyeball fall out onto the floor. *hint* Don't step on the eyeball.
3. If you're really distraught over the whole vinegar in the eye incident, you need to shut off the dye pots before you quit. Because if you leave them on until the eldest child says, "Mom, why do I smell burnt vinegar and hair?" you've already burnt 2 lbs of alpaca. Burning alpaca doesn't smell quite as bad as burning wool but it does leave it the most unattractive shade of brown and felted into rope.
I wonder if it would work as rope... No, I won't try it because I'm sure that would lead to another post where I'd have to tell you about "the things I've learned".
And one more important lesson.
Spin what you love.
I wanted to spin some lace weight silk. I had just finished a bunch of dying and so I took the one that was dry. It was a wretched color and I had no plans to sell anything quite so hideous. But why should I have to spin it if I'm not going to make one of you spin it. Hideous makes it a horrible chore to spin. I have enough chores. Spinning doesn't need to be one of them.
I grabbed the smaller mate to the day glo green one I have in the shop and if I find time tonight I'm going to spin some lovely lace yarn for a scarf. Hopefully I'll get 200-300 plied yards. Then maybe I can make Susan's gorgeous Mountain Stream scarf.