Sunday, 1 July 2012


I'm going for the World's Dullest Post here!

Our new fridge arrived today. The cats were very excited:

"What's going on? Things are happening! I want to see! Why won't you let me through to see? What's that noise?"

We are very pleased.

Note cat up on work-top where he knows full well he's not supposed to be.

To put this into perspective our old fridge was slightly and annoyingly smaller than average. It was in the house when we moved in six years ago and we have no idea how old it was then (Not New anyway). Part of the top shelf in the door fell out last year and I bodged it with duct tape. Naturally. New Fridge is about 5cm wider which doesn't sound much but makes a difference to the volume and, joy of joys, bottles of unhealthy fizzy things fit in the door!

(For Mrs Micawber and others possibly not familiar with Scotland's national drinks, that incredibly orange fizzy stuff is Irn Bru or rather 'Iron Brew', a cheap supermarket version of it).

We are such saddos we've spent all day exclaiming about how great the new fridge is, and why didn't we get a new one ages ago?

In other news, I did a horsetail dye yesterday and here's the result:

Looks like nothing doesn't it? It's a very pale yellow, paler than the horsetail dye I did last year with similar quantities of plants (pan stuff full with it, water poured into the gaps). I wonder if it depends on the time of year, how old the growth is, anything like that.

I'll end with a picture of My Beloved noticing that his mallet is made by the Thor Hammer Company Ltd.  Doesn't it go well with his beard?

Right, I'm off up the Rainbow Bridge to bed. All that excitement has fair worn me out...


Mrs. Micawber said...

Love the cat photos. I actually do know what Irn Bru is, thanks to Alexander McCall Smith's "Scotland Street series". (Bertie, one of the main characters, is always hankering after it although his mother won't let him drink it.)

I think you need to crochet your husband one of these to go with his hammer:

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Time of year, where picked (soil acidity etc.), water used, type of pan used, and just about everything else you can think of, do all make a difference to the colour you'll get with a plant dye. And mordant amounts/types, fibre types and even the way the yarn is spun can all make a difference to how colour is absorbed. It's what I love about natural dyeing, the unpredictability of it.

Nice fridge :D

Peeriemoot said...

MrsM, my crochet's not up to that but I've knitted him a dwarven battle bonnet with attached beard (not that he needs it)!

Annie, yep, that's what I like too really. You never know when you'll get some amazing colour! I hadn't really thought about all the different variables - I used the same pan, always use alum for the mordant, just tap-water as usual, and I picked them at the same place, but all the other variables are there of course. I've had different colours from two skeins in the same dye-pot in the past which I put down to them being different wools.