... and unfulfilled promises. Thinking back over the year, it is obvious to me that I blithely promise lots of things that never come to pass. My entire life is like that these days--so easily distracted you'd think I was a crow diving down for a shiny piece of foil while dropping the prized Big Mac. I've been trying to clear out my desk drawers, for example, and have been derailed by finding this plastic object:
What is it? Do I need to keep it? If I throw it out, will I find out that I really really need it next week and that it will cost $100 to replace it? But if I do keep it, where should I put it so that I remember where it is when the day comes that I find out I need it?
See? A minefield for sure. Multiply this by medical receipts and odd electrical connectors and whatever and you can see why I get lost.
At any rate, in an attempt to make up for lost opportunities, I present the follow-ups that didn't happen:
More images of GIngko's boy-sheep bust
Their assignment was to create a human head/animal hybrid creature, and I'm really impressed with how this turned out.
The madder cold-dyeing experiment
I cold-mordanted the wool in alum for 21 days at room temperature; then I rinsed the skeins and added them to a madder dye bath. The lighter skeins represent the color obtained over a period from 30 minutes to 2 weeks--there was essentially no change to the color, so I realized that something was wrong. The madder extract had been stored in less than ideal conditions for a long time; ditto the alum. I decided to add more alum to the pot and also add some heat. I warmed the amended dye bath to 165 degrees and held it there for 1 hour. The skeins sat in the bath overnight and were then washed. As you can see, they are significantly darker than the skeins dyed in the room temperature bath; however, I don't think the low temperatures were necessarily the problem. I'll try this again.
Pictures of my October trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
And last, but not least, I need to express my thanks to all of you who have commented on my blog--I'm not all that great about personal responses, but I appreciate every one of you. This particular blog entry is my 450th! Unbelievable. Thanks for hanging in there. I realize that I've promised some other things (ideal first Fair Isle project, for example)--if I have broken any promises I've made to you, please let me know!
With best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011 to all of you!