A dishcloth report…

So, for those of you who have kept up with the whole “lunchbox project” thing, you may have been wondering what happened after I shrunk the dishcloths. Well, no you probably have far more interesting things to wonder about, but I’m going to assume you’d like the sense of closure that comes from hearing the end of a story.

The shrunken dishcloths were a lot denser than in their original form and that was both a good and a bad thing. Good because they felt more solid, which was somehow satisfying. Bad because they seemed to hold more gunk.

Really though, I don’t think it changed the use or drying either way. If they were being used at home, then I’m pretty sure drying might have been more of an issue with the higher density. In an office block with constant air conditioning running, they were going to dry overnight if not while I was present.

I quite like both pre and post shrinkage cloths.

They are nice to look at, massively cut my paper towel usage and they are easy to clean and dry in a big office building. My only gripe has been that I get a bit of fluff off them on my hands when I wring them out. Small gripe.

So, I might make some more… We shall see…

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A new washing machine means new fulling potential!

This past week the existing washing machine (good bye, old friend) was put on the kerb for collection. Thankfully it was snaffled within 24 hrs, so it will live on in parts, if not intact.

Of course a shiny new machine arrived. A shiny new machine that I can stop the wash and open the door – something my old one couldn’t do. You realise what that means, right? Well, I kind of gave it away in the heading… I can now do machine fulling!

Not sure when I’ll try it. The scarf I began weeeeeeekkkkks ago is still on the loom due to various distractions. But maybe I’ll do some swatches and play with settings? You never know.

I be weaving again!!

So, finally the craft room has its new windows and a new coat of paint AND has been rearranged (bit weird; everything seems backwards). About 10 seconds after the last decorative touch was hung, the loom was liberated from its bag and some yarn selected from yarn storage!

Decided to keep it simple (resisted my brain’s urge to do double weave right out of the blocks) and am enjoying a nice, plain weave in contrasting colours. Aaaaaah…

The only downside to all of this was discovering that my threading hook is missing. I mean it can’t have gone far, but I have no idea where little thing is.

Thankfully my yarn choice was incidentally conducive to hand threading!

The shrinking dishcloths

I’m happy to report that my two woven dishcloths have been in service at work and doing just fine! Sadly though, I brought them home for a wash and accidentally threw them in a hot wash. Oops.

Not that they’re ruined. They’re just… well… a lot smaller! Like maybe half the size and twice the density they were previously.

Once I’m back at work in the New Year (where did 2018 go, huh?) I’ll report on their cleaning efficiency now they’ve been miniaturised…

The weaving itch

It’s been a while since my rigid heddle loom has been dressed and I gotta say there’s an itch growing.

Unfortunately I’ve been a laggard about painting my walls, so the craft room is still drop-sheet land. I do have my test patch done though and I think it’s going to look a-maze-ing!

When the woman at the paint shop popped the lid for the mandatory inspection, the two other customers at the counter made various exclamations about the… um… intensity of the colour. One bloke commented that you wouldn’t want to wake up to it with a hangover! Good thing I don’t sleep in the craft room, ey?

I like my walls to have visual interest.

As evidenced by the metallic, coffee paint I used in my guest bedroom. No one quite got it until they saw the end result. I’m thinking that’ll be the case for this room too, because everyone seems terrified of the fuchsia.

Anyways, I’ll be weaving again before xmas… hopefully.

Bringing home the bacon

Guess who got a delivery of home-smoked, maple bacon? Ohhh meeeeeeee!!!!!

Yep, the scarfs for mum and bub were a success and I was paid in pork-product. Delicious.

I won’t need to buy bacon for quite some time and this makes me very, very happy. Also, I have quite a bit of yarn left over so I’m thinking of weaving type ways to use it up!

Mind you, the reno of the craft room is still barely begun (me lazy) so that might have to wait a little while. Though, as I’m hosting the family xmas this year, I really do need to get the metaphorical skates on!

Well that was surprising…

Not at all weaving related, but… at lunchtime today there was a kangaroo hopping down my street! A ‘roo. In the ‘burbs.

I’m not far from a creek and wetlands area so it probably shouldn’t be this much of a surprise, but where I live is true suburbia. And you just don’t get midday kangaroos normally.

Here’s hoping she found her way back to the non-car area safely.