Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day. Aren't you glad I didn't translate me whole post?? There was a little Avastin' and Me Heartyin' happenin' here.
Yesterday at once stage I was wearing:
- Blue denim Ultimate jeans
- Target long sleeved olive top
- Green Picket, my hand knitted vest in Washed Haze Aran. Being cotton, it has not held its shape well, but it is warm and green.
Today I am wearing :
- My bit-of-a-fizzer almost a Kate Winslet outline illusion pencil skirt. I was going for the lighter panel in the centre and darker sides effect, but missed by a mile. The centre panel is some fabulous French fabric, it feels lush and rich. I wanted to use as much of the panel as I could. I drafted a pencil and A-line skirt pattern this morning and I think I used up all my brain power. I have half a metre more of the plain green and I will undo the side seams and facing and front panel and add wider side panels. I think it will count as a whole other skirt!!!
- Green top with flowery trim, a gift. I think I need to take the sides in a little.
I also need new shoes something wicked.
And so to dyeing. I started with these fabrics,
some dye, vinegar and salt.
I had to use apple cider vinegar, hence the colour. There were 8 teaspoons of dye in the packet meant for 1.3kg of fabric. I had 600g of fabric and I didn't want to obscure the patterns too much so I used 3 teaspoons of dye. I had already washed and dried the fabric.
First I filled the machine to the Low level with hot water and then as it agitated, dissolved the dye. After 30 seconds I added the fabric and once it was thoroughly soaked, the salt and vinegar. Then it was just a case of waiting the wash cycle out. My wash cycle is long so I didn't set it twice.
I checked the colour, the machine rinsed once, then I added a little washing powder and it rinsed again and then spun the fabric almost dry.
I am so pleased with the effect and I can see that I will be dyeing more fabric soon. I haven't washed these again yet, but even if they fade a little, I am still very happy with the result. I put a load of green towels through the washing machine so if there was any dye left, it would only dye the towels.
I have been knitting some new socks, the Admiral Halsey Notified Me, He Had To Have A Sock Or He Couldn't Go To Sea socks. I am using some Admiral R Druck Opal and the new 'square' needles. They are actually quite good. I think they improve my tension and facilitate an even knitted fabric and it is difficult to hold them too tightly, as I am wont to do. Thus far, it has all gone swimmingly.
Yesterday I went to a Trivia Afternoon in support of the National Stroke Foundation. One of the Dutches' relatives had a stroke when she was only 29 and she is raising money. There is going to be a Walk 4 Stroke on the Mainland. Our team consisted of MrsDrWho, The Dutches, Other Dutches and me. There were 45 questions and we scored 38/47* and won. I chose this tea towel.
I thought it was for auction and I was going to bid for it. It is so beautiful and colourful. I googled Anna Chandler and found that my tea towel must be woven with real gold thread because it is worth $39. I can never use it to wash up with. I am contemplating a bag.
Peri has been fine tuning her hole in the ground so it is more comfortable to lie in.
She was so soundly asleep that when I woke her up she had her squashed, sleepy, why did you disturb me? face on.
Gilly is always off somewhere, being busy (unpacking all the recycling of late) but quick as a flash she is right there for her close up!!!
I am quite exhausted, I am going to make The Labradors' tea and have a nap before I ring my mum. Tomorrow at Leukaemia Support Group we are doing some gentle Yoga. I want to be well rested so I can try to bend well!!
I keep meaning to take a few pictures of my new computer, my new casserole dish and Uncle Dutch's R2D2 Beanie. I finally gave it to him yesterday and forgot to take a photo. Maybe if Uncle and Auntie Dutch read this they will email me a snap??!! I am very forward!!!
*Extra points for naming ALL of Tom Cruise's wives. Yes, we knew them all but we were rubbish at Geography. We're old, and they keep changing the maps!!!