In reality, at the time, I felt completely overwhelmed when I realised I had bitten off more than I could chew, so to speak. I had all of the parifinalia, but hadn't carefully worked out the logistics. For example, how do you get heavy boiling yarn out of a pot into a basin without burning yourself, without all the excess liquid splashing all over the cooker top and onto the floor x 4 times? How do you maintain the liquid at the stated temperature, how do you keep the liquid just below boiling point and not AT boiling point? (Did I mention that my cooker is dying and works when it wants to)How do you cook dinner and dye at the same time -take away is a brilliant thing, even better is a God father who pops in to see how you are doing!! And where are you going to dry the yarn?
Having summed up my stupidity, the end product is lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Next time I will take more time in preparation, put newspaper on the floor and give myself lots of time in which to complete said task. I've learned that this is definitely a high summer deal as well.
The yarn took ages to dry and of course the process was followed by 3 days of rain, so the yarn came in to dry. In the end and out of desperation, I had to place the damp yarn on the heater to dry out because I was afraid it would start to smell moldy and stale. I'm sure that's sacrilege, but did not want the yarn to spoil (not by damp, but placing it on the heater instead, mmm). You can tell I know exactly what I'm talking about can't you.
I will end on my complete amazement that it took only 2 teaspoons of dye to colour over a kilo of cotton yarn. I started off not knowing how it would all turn out and even though I scared myself a few time, I would do it again. Besides, my son thinks I'm brilliant. He has given me his order and colour of yarn so that he can finger knit a scarf for his Nanna.
On the knitting front, Maggie has been frogged and abandoned. I figured out that my knitters block was due to wrong yarn and wrong pattern. Something just was not right. Mary is ticking along and I have startisis, so I'm looking at the Debbie Bliss 'Wish you were here' book. I am a little puzzled by the sizing on some of the garments. I'm pleased that most of the patterns have gone up to a size 46", but of course the pattern I want to do, the asymmetric wraparound, only goes up to a 38". Of the lovely patterns to knit, this one favours a larger, or more curved figure, so you see my confusion.
On the Shea front, he has successfully completed his home care badge at Cubs. This included cooking a meal, serving it, setting a table for a meal, doing the washing up, keeping his room tidy, washing and ironing a garment (his cub scout scarf) and sewing on a button and a badge. So now he is fully domesticated and can give the cleaning godesses a run for their money. Of course it all comes at a price and bribery is no stranger in my house!!