A swiftly flowing current

I keep saying that I’d like for life to slow down just a hair, but the reality is that I’m the reason that my life doesn’t have many lulls. As I’ve said before, I am the Queen of Mistaking a Level Playing Field for Room to Add Something Else. I’ve been holding that title for…

Looks like dead mice: washing wool in the lock

I have been working my way through four pounds of a Rambouillet/Romney fleece, bit by bit, over the past several weeks. I really didn’t have any specific project plans for this fleece, other than to wash it, flick the tips of the locks open and spin from the lock into a bulky sort of yarn….

Before and After

Before and After – Romney/Rambouillet fleece during cleaning Here’s a quick look at the Rambouillet/Romney fleece (in the last post, it’s the one that took up the whole table) before and after washing. I used a two-hour hot soak with an enzyme-free dish soap, followed by another hot soak without soap and then a final…

A very short post

Cats. Do not. Belong. In a dye studio. ‘Nuff said. Note: VIM with bleach completely removes dye from laminate flooring, some painted walls (careful not to strip off the paint too), vinyl kitchen flooring, laminate kitchen counter-top, phones, human flesh, plastic window frames, white metal ovens, sinks, glass and even sealed wood.

A practical post, or “a ten minute job”

It’s spring cleaning week around here, which means that I do all those things that get done weekly such as cleaning the bathroom, mopping the floors, and vacuuming, as well as those things that I typically never get to (cleaning the heat core and screens of the air exchange, washing walls, cleaning curtains, touching up…

Scapegoat

This morning I am engaged, in part, in spring cleaning. One of the things that has been on my list for some time and to which I almost got yesterday was the putting away of winter clothes. I was just about to start packing away the snow suits, boots and heavy coats when I chanced…

Pruning

As a part of my spring cleaning this year, I’ve been editing the contents of my hard drives, the heaps of stuff in my studio, the mounds of excess children’s clothing, the almost embarrassing boxes of wine bottles, the t-shirts with more holes than cloth and my Flickr contacts. Over the past few months, I’ve…

Point of information

It takes about twenty (unpleasant) minutes of rinsing to get one entire 265mL bottle of kids’ shampoo out of the chin-length bob of a four-year-old. The resulting hair is clean, but possibly no cleaner than a half-teaspoon would have made it.

Cat swingin’

I feel triumphant. I turned this: Into this: …and this: There is now enough room for an army of toddlers to swing a bevy of cats. Or at least, for one happy kid to ride her bike and roller-skate (not simultaneously). Also for a husband to do kata. I also found some exciting things: Two…