Friday, October 29, 2010

I'm a Genius and Why I Love the Library

Hi, All!  I hope you are well!  Okay, so a while back I bought a skein of sock yarn online.  It was a highly-coveted brand and it was really reduced.  So far, so good, right?  When it arrived, I realized why.  The color had looked like a pleasant light-green on my monitor, but it was actually a hideous green.  Sad.  What to do?  First, I brainstormed on what pattern to use to make it less hideous.  No good.  Then, I thought, "I just need to darken it."  Last summer after Spencer mowed the lawn, I made a "tea" out of the grass clippings and cheese cloth and soaked the yarn in that. (grass stains, right?) The yarn seemed impervious to the green water but not to the little bits of grass that made it through the cheesecloth.  Sigh.
Yesterday, I researched dying yarn with food coloring.  I used green and blue and vinegar and the crock pot and I feel like a genius.  I should have taken a few photos of the process, but I don't even have a "before" picture.  The "after" picture speaks for itself, it's scrumptious!
I don't know if it's the pride and partiality of a parent, but I think it's wonderful!
This Tuesday we are voting to provide funding for the local libraries.  I could talk for a long time about how amazing I think the library is, but a picture of my recent haul should give you an idea: 
At any given time I have well over a hundred dollars worth of media from the library.  Books on CD, DVDs, music CDs, knitting magazines, and of course, BOOKS!  What a cool concept!  As you can see, I am in a heavy knitting phase, but I have taken stacks out on many topics.  For free! What a great idea! 
P.S.  Day 5 of the Cleanse and feeling pretty good!


  1. Such a pretty Green!~ and LOVE THOSE LIBRARIES!:)

  2. That yarn is beautiful! I say that a lot don't I?!?...
    I'm jealous of the stash you get at the library. I think I've been through all the knitting books in my system and that was because you came out and ordered a bunch for me.

    P.S. I'm going to start the cleanse on Monday, so no more teasing from me. I feel like my body needs a detox and my bum (excuse the gory details) needs a bit of help. I'm only going for 2 or 3 days though but I think that is enough for me.