Thursday, January 31, 2008

My children's mother is a drunken slut

Ok, let me explain myself. I'm not really a drunken slut (anymore). No, no, really, I never was. One of my favorite lines from "Roseanne" is when Darlene asks to go somewhere or some such thing, and Roseanne says no and Darlene says "so & so's mother is letting her go" and Roseanne says . . . "So & so's mother is a drunken slut". So anytime my kids want to do something I don't want them to do I use that line. Heh. It makes me laugh and also I am a bad mom because my 8 year old now repeats that. When middle daughter was being picked up early one morning by a friend and her mom, said friend came in to pick my daughter up. It was COLD out and I said to my darling, sweet, 13 year old "PUT ON A COAT" and she replied "my friend here doesn't have a coat on" and I had to literally BITE MY TONGUE because for starters, I couldn't call her mom a drunken slut with her STANDING RIGHT THERE plus her mom was giving my kid a ride to school at 7 AM so . . . who am I to call names, right?????

I can't remember where I planned to go with this post. I had it all planned out in my head on Sunday. That just shows how this week has gone.

Youngest daughter has been sick since Monday. She got up complaining and I didn't believe her so I made her go to school. About 10 she came down to the office and I took her temp and it was 101. Oops. She's been home all week. Her fever has mostly gone but now she has a weird rash. I'm taking her in to the doc tomorrow morning.

And, now for something completely different . . .

I just thought I lost this whole post above. I'm glad I found it again. I don't have any knitting news or Kool-aid dye news but hopefully one day soon.

I will leave you with this photo of my latest FO . . . fingerless gloves I made for hubby for Christmas.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Because a promise is a promise 100%

Didn't Bambi or someone like Bambi say that? I think so but I can't find the quote anywhere. Maybe pinnochio. Some kids movie character I'm sure. Anyway, I promised (sort of), at least I put into words (to my ONE reader and commenter :) Thanks Diva :)) that I was going to post more photos of my current high-inducing activity (what does THIS say about me? I don't want to know) . . . kool-aid yarn dying. So, below you will find my latest and greatest yarn dying experiments. I switched methods after my first try. Instead of pouring the dye on, I put it in jars and "dipped" the yarn into the dye. I put the jars in a corningware dish and left the yarn ends in until I had microwaved it. Most times I would move the yarn a bit between microwaving so all areas received dye. Hopefully the photos will tell the story well enough. If you have questions though, let me know. I have a couple more photos of the wound balls of yarn, which, by the way, really changes the look of the skein. I can't find my digital camera tonight. Someone has hidden it from me. I don't know who, but trust me, when I find out . . . Let me just say that today was NOT A DAY TO MESS WITH ME. Hormones rage in an almost 50-year-old woman's body and there are certain days that it might be best to leave said woman completely alone. Today was one of those days. I'm better now (wine works wonders). Once again, I digress :) Pictures below! Enjoy the eye candy.

The dyes and the yarn, all a-ready (Colors are Strawberry, Orange, and Lemonaid with just a touch of Orange added)
This is actually after the first 2 minutes in the microwave and I've moved the skein a little to the left so there aren't any off-white parts left
Now two more minutes (or maybe 4) in the microwave . . .
The finished yarn in the sink (you can see I wasn't completely successful in getting rid of ALL the off-white parts)

Viola! The finished skein. Pre and Post ball-winding. As an aside I have to say that this dying has made me LOVE my swift and ball-winder, which work together in perfect harmony. Kind of like Ebony and Ivory (dating myself????). LOL

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kool-aid test

Tonight I dyed some yarn with kool-aid. I'd been meaning to try it for a long time. I got some handspun cream/ecru colored yarn for Christmas and I'm not much for the solid light-colored yarn. It's called Border Leicester handspun. I have no idea what that means and wonder if that makes me a yarn dummy, but oh well. We saw a booklet at Target today that was Knitting for Dummies and my sweet, darling daughter picked it up and said "hey mom, you're a dummy!". Such love.

Ok, on to the yarn dying. I'm going to post photos of the process, although I must admit that I got carried away with the process in the middle and forgot to snap photos. I got before and afters but the part where you're pouring the dye on, wrapping it in saran wrap, and microwaving it didn't get photographed.

Yarn soaking in hot water "pre" dye.

My dyes -- cherry, lemonaide, and berry burst or something like that. The third and fifth glasses of dye I didn't use.

This is the finished product (above)

Close up of the middle of the finished piece. Shows the colors a bit more true.

Close up of the bottom. I'll wind it into a ball tomorrow and photo that too. Maybe even do a swatch. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to trying again. I have another hank of the same stuff plus several of Classic Elite posh in white/off-white. Expensive yarn to do my first tries on so I opted to do this stuff.

Happy Monday!