Dye-mentia is the affliction that I had yesterday. It was one of those days that should have been simple but I did almost everything wrong. It was dyeing day and I wasn't dyeing anything particularly complex. I wasn't even dyeing a lot of yardage like I sometimes do. But it was a day that my brain totally turned off and that set off a comedy of errors.
First I needed to have a fire in the wood stove. Even though it was warm outside it's still cool in the basement. One of the bins I needed to dye was a quilt back and the bin is too big to go in the sauna for batching. So I wanted the wood stove to heat up the basement enough to get turquoise dye to set properly. (Turquoise is a the most temperamental of dyes.)
The fire lit nicely because Chris knows how to build a perfect fire. Apparently his wife can't remember to OPEN THE FLUE! Thank goodness he was home because with my dye-mentia I would have never figured out the problem. I really had no idea why the chimney wouldn't draw.
A half-hour later I had the basement air clear and a fire going. Time to mix the dyes.
Before I do my dyeing I calculate how much dye concentrate I need. Then I weigh how much I have so I know exactly which colors to mix. I needed to mix orange, grape and SKY BLUE. It's even written on a piece of paper so I don't forget.
I mixed orange, grape and TURQUOISE.
Half way through my dye session I had to stop and mix up some Sky Blue.
But that's not the worst of it. When I mix the dyes I mix them in containers like these. You know where this is going, don't you? I shake the containers for a minute to mix the dyes and the purple one popped open while I was shaking. PURPLE EVERYWHERE!
Not just purple dye, but a concentrate of purple dye. It didn't ruin anything but it was a nightmare to clean up. I even had to change clothes before I could get back to work. Of course that's about the time that Chris' golfing buddies arrived. Normally I would have totally stripped down in the basement to avoid spreading dye through the house. Instead I left my shoes in the basement, removed my socks and cleaned my feet (that are still dyed purple today) and carefully creeped upstairs to change hoping no one would see me covered in purple splotches.
No such luck. I was happy to provide their entertainment.
Of course I couldn't get through the dye session without several (stupid) dye calculation errors so I had lots of leftover dye to dye some fabrics for my own stash.
I was just glad to get it over with......but it wasn't over.
Later I was in the kitchen trying to help Chris with dinner, went into the cabinet to get a bowl and that resulted in all but one of the bowls in the stack smashed on the kitchen counter.
Yay! I can buy new bowls!
Clearly there's a reason my Mom didn't name me "Grace" and that's why as soon as I cleaned up the shards I poured myself a nice hefty glass of scotch.
Suddenly everything was perfect. The good news continued today.....sort of.
About 4 years ago I got a dental crown. About 6 months ago it chipped but was still structurally sound. About 2 weeks ago more of it chipped off. I swallowed that piece. The bad news is that I have to get a new crown. The good news is that my dentist is doing it for FREE! I jokingly asked him what the warranty on a crown is and without missing a beat he said he will happily replace it for free. I've never had a dentist do anything for me for free.
And he's cute too!
I can't leave a post without a photo. This is a gradient I dyed last week. I'm working on a new gradient design. I like the colors but it's not quite right yet. Stay tuned. I hope to have a final iteration in a few weeks.
This one will go into my stash.
And that's what I've been up to the past 2 days!