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« on: January 24, 2009 04:05:50 AM »

This is something that happened to me last year and I figured that if anyone could appreciate this story, it would be the people here on Craftster.

Once upon a time, I was shopping at a huge grocery store and found that they were selling huge balls of baby yarn for ridiculously cheap.  I was pretty surprised to find yarn at this store in the first place and the price was right so I bought four of these mega balls in white and promptly forgot about them for a while.  Fast forward to last year when I decided to declare myself a good enough knitter to tackle that sweater that I was terrified to try before.  It seemed like the perfect project to use up some of my white yarn and it was really soft so it would make a sweater that felt great even if it turned out terrible.  Seeing as I don't wear a lot of white, I also decided that this yarn would be great to use for dying experiments.

The good news is that I discovered that food coloring works wonders when dying yarn.  The bad news is that I also discovered that unraveling the ball into a proper hank is kind of crucial.  I had never dyed anything before and I got lazy when I was unraveling the thing so I stupidly ended up twisting up the whole ball into something semi-hank-like.  Amazingly, the dye took without any problem but as I hung the yarn to dry after the whole process, it became tangled over a bar in my bathroom and within a few minutes of trying to remove it, my semi-hank-like creation had become a mess on my bathroom floor...and it was still hooked on the bar.  I spent two days trying to figure out how to untangle it and the end result was something akin to those yipping aliens they had on Sesame Street if it had been turned into road kill.  To this day, it sits in my living room waiting for me to decide I need more yarn from the pile.

The lesson I took away from this is that laziness is often rewarded with more work.  Also, trying to dye yarn at three in the morning is likely to result in failure and hours spent trying to find a way to separate said dyed yarn from your bathtub.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009 12:23:10 AM »

ahhh I'm not the only one that thinks starting projects in the middle of the night is a good I idea Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009 04:01:33 PM »

Hooray for the late night crafters!  I think my problem is that I always think that I'm just going to do something little before bed and I always get so sucked into the project that I generally end up going until it's finished or I mess it up or both.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009 09:53:59 AM »

I generally end up going until it's finished or I mess it up or both.

You're not alone there [laughs]
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009 12:50:09 AM »

Sadly, no matter how many times I end up messing something up, I never learn.  Case in point: Last night I needed some cheering up so I ended up going to the sewing machine and ended up attaching the wrong part of the back of a bodice for a dress to the wrong part of the lining and then instead of asking why they didn't line up, I cut part of the lining and made things substantially worse.  Go team sleep depravation!   Grin
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