I suppose I’m going to have to suck it up with this image-issue thing, deal with the image code and get back to blogging because God only knows when there will be a “bug-fix” for it. I’ve been patiently waiting for this fix for a few weeks but it hasn’t come yet, and I am getting really backed up on my blogging stories. Yes, I could have typed the posts with full-size, unedited images, but I wouldn’t have been able to live with that — perfectionist here, remember? It’s a curse at times. Although it does boggle my mind that WordPress is as big as it is (see June Wrap-Up), but hasn’t found a fix for this issue for weeks.
So, how did you spend your fourth of July? The first part of mine was spent in my kitchen playing with Kool-Aid and inhaling the fruity fumes that permeated our house. I was going for bright, bold colors, and I got them! Have a look:
This is 560 yards of 100% superwash merino DK dyed with Kool-Aid that just came out of the microwave. What does it remind you of?
I learned a very valuable lesson during this first dyeing session: Only use flat dish drain plugs or a basin in your sink when washing and rinsing your beautiful, freshly-dyed yarn, otherwise it may become caught on the drain plug’s knob and possibly get damaged!
With that lesson learned, I do believe that if the rest of my Kool-Aid yarn dyeing experiments turn out as well as this first one, I will be spending a small fortune on Kool-Aid packets. Now I just need a swift or two and a yarn meter, perhaps a niddy noddy, and then I will have all the supplies and tools I need to continue with this wonderfully-creative outlet.
After hanging this hank of yarn outside to dry, we all went over to my in-laws (right next door) and had a Fourth of July feast! We enjoyed each other’s company and conversation over some jerk chicken tenders, Amish potato salad, classic macaroni salad, broccoli salad, pickles, baby carrots and perfectly sweet, fresh honeydew, watermelon and pineapple. I don’t think we’ve ever had a get-together without hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, but even though those all-American meats were missing, it was quite wonderful.
Strangely, I took my camera over, but didn’t take a single shot of anything or anyone, and I don’t know why.