I was up extra early today (but I wanted to sleep, especially after a large bowl of oatmeal) 😉
But I was good . . . just how good remains to be seen.
First, I made my second dye solution:
Now, isn’t that a lovely shade of blue? I used about a sixteenth tsp. of navy, a half plus a sixteenth tsp. of cobalt, then one and a quarter tsp. of turquoise . . . mmmmm (did I ever mention that I’m crazy about colour? No?)
While that was cooking, I did some rather random tieing:
Still, after I wetted them (one at one end, one at two ends, one in the middle), into the dyebath they went, after another piece which shall be revealed later . . .
Time for Anticipation Practise . . . 😉 😉 😉 naming no names, of course . . . but their initials are: 😉 oh, too many sets; you will have to guess. . .
10 minutes later I am re-reading the directions (I do that sometimes, you know, and not always after all else fails . . . I can hear snickering . . . don’t make me come down there . . .
As I was saying . . . 10 minutes in, I realized I’d mis-read the amount of vinegar (dratted metrics; they only work for money . . .), so I quickly stirred in more (and yes, I measured it! Really!!) A person would think you know me or something . . . Sheesh!!
10 more minutes and the second half of the salt was added. The timer was re-set for the second 20 minutes. That was 15 minutes ago; I’ve been typing this on my phone while keeping a close (well, fairly close) eye on the temperature:
See? It’s not suposed to go above 85C (185 F, but the Centigrade numbers are easier to read and only two digits) 😉 I’ve removed the pot from the heat and turned it down a smidge (I do love being precise, don’t you?)
I think I forgot something (not to do; to tell you):
Just took the pot off again and further reduced the heat. It’s on ‘3’ now.
It’s 1:30 pm now, with another half hour to go. Next batch I think I’ll plan ahead a bit (yes, I hear the giggles) and tie everything the night before. There’s still lots of colour in the dyebath, so it may take a while.
There won’t be a big reveal today, my friends . . . When this is done cooking, it has to cool, then be rinsed, washed with Orvus Paste (special soap), rinsed a second time, then dried. After that, the ties are removed and certain pieces are ironed . . . after all that, I will show you the results, lovely or otherwise (they won’t be otherwise if they know what’s good for them) 😉
Have a colourful day, everyone!