Wool 'n won't
A few days ago, back when I was feeling well (more on that later), I washed fleece. I had this gorgeous fleece--waiting to be washed-- from my friend Gerry's farm sitting in my basement since June. The professor bought it for me as an anniversary gift!
It is a Romney/Texel fleece, and according to her notes, 8.5lbs before washing. It was pretty clean, but even so, it took many trips up and down the basement stairs to wash it. I had to use the washing machine as a set tub, divide the fleece in half, each 'half' had one hot water wash and 2 rinses, AND because our hot water heater is not set to "very hot", I boiled water in my electric kettle (upstairs) to raise the temperature of the soak water.
(A note on childproofing: our hot water heater can't be really cranked up because the water can't be so hot as to burn twins' fingers. Perhaps with one kid at a time, you can monitor whether or not they've turned on the hot water by accident, but with two?
Better safe than sorry... our house is full of gates, latches, and other minor adult inconveniences which keep our offspring from killing themselves or others.)
---PS: The professor also fixed our 100 year old laundry chute as another anniversary gift. It is bliss to be able to pitch down the dirty sheets, etc. to the basement from the second and third floor. Yet, in another note on childproofing? It is a secret amongst adults here. The boys do not know it exists. SHHH! We do not want anyone throwing toys or brothers down this chute....
The fleece is gorgeous and these basement snapshots do not do it justice.
Despite the overwhelmingly negative comments on the article page, I got a lot of positive feedback as well from other sources, so I am glad it got published.
In a rare confluence of fiber/knitting and social justice, Ram Wools, one of our local yarn shops, is cooperating in the 1000 stitches for Syria campaign. I discovered this group on Ravelry and wanted to participate. Basically, since Canada is welcoming lots of refugees here during the winter time, knitters are trying to work together to provide each newcomer with a handknit woolly item--a hat, mitts, scarf, etc. to help make it through the cold here. I was also thrilled to see the effort written up on the local CBC Manitoba website.
Now on to the "won't" part of my post. A week or two ago, the professor and a house guest of ours both had bad colds/viruses. We tried to take good care of them and I thought we would either be lucky (hah) or it would only be a matter of time until the rest of us got sick. The professor got better, the house guest went home, and bingo! The virus didn't want to leave. On Sunday, we were at home nearly all day with two under-the-weather four year olds.
On Monday, one kid was well enough to go to preschool. I spent both Monday and Tuesday on the couch with the other kid, watching WAY more Sesame Street and Sid the Science Kid than I'd prefer. Now, the kid version of this seems to include sniffles, a cough, usual cold thing. I have a virus too, but mine is world's worst fatigue, achey, hurt, sore feeling all over.
(Hint: It was so bad that I couldn't cook at all so gave everybody hot dogs, baked beans, and leftover brown rice for dinner on Monday. The boys liked it anyhow.) It was also so bad that any big ten years of blogging celebration has been scuttled. Pffft. Just like that. I'm sad about that, but seem to lack the get up and go to try to make a fuss.
Have you been reading this blog for ten years? more? less? If so, say hi!?
It is now Wednesday, both boys are back at school. Not all better, but getting better, and missing friends and school activities. I, however, feel so limp, tired, and hurty that I am wary of attempting much. I did gather this bag of three clean and new/nearly new knitted items and a whole lot of wool or wool blend yarn for others to knit up. I want to bring it to the yarn shop to donate. My stash is so deep that collecting this only took about five minutes, and I don't feel I will miss any of it! (wow. That is saying something....) I am even giving away some gorgeous lite-lopi (I love that yarn) in an electric blue that I just cannot see anybody being willing to wear. It's a very 80s color.
OK, I'm off to do some more groaning on the couch. At least it is quiet today, and I have the couch to myself. I'm trying to transport myself back to that fleece washing day, where the wool locks felt amazing and I too felt strong and able....oh well.