Thursday, December 13, 2018

Day 13

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Day 3 It's Monday

This is the marigold vat approximately twenty-four hours after I put the flowers in to soak. I’ll be adding the mordanted wool samples later this afternoon.
It’s Monday and I really don’t have much to say at all, other than I woke up thinking today was Sunday.
I weighed myself yesterday, I was 254, which is good it means I didn’t gain any weight during the thanksgiving holiday, but I didn’t lose any either. Am I worried? Somewhat it tells me I’ve plateaued, but I’m also exercising now with a medicine ball and I know I’ve been converting fat into muscle., I’m losing inches but not weight.
The solution is to re-evaluate what I’m eating, I’ve slacked off on the veggies and need to add those back into my meals, and for a variety of reasons. I slacked off due to food exhaustion, I eat the majority of my meals alone and it’s really easy to just not eat a meal and replace it with a can of soda pop instead.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Day 2 Let there be Marigolds

Time to make the Marigold Fermentation Vat!
I started out with a clean one-gallon bucket (you can pick these up at any big box store that sells paint) and filled it with screaming hot water out of my tap. I don’t use boiling water, but you could use boiling water if you wanted to do so.
I then added my two cups of dried marigold heads, you can put them in a piece of pantyhose if you don’t want debris on your final samples. I gave the marigold heads a good squish in the water and have covered the vat with a plastic plate. I’ll check on the marigolds in an hour to see if they need to be squished with water again, they should sink to the bottom of the vat within a couple of hours.
Tomorrow I’ll add my wool samples to the vat.
Off to get groceries and do meal prep for the week. Two years ago, yesterday, I started my weight loss journey. I’m down almost 100 pounds from 331 pounds. I made a decision to change my, actually our lives that day. He’s down almost 75 pounds. We both have additional weight to lose for me it’s 85 pounds, and for him, it’s another 45 pounds.
More later on how we both lost weight.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Day 1 of the 31 Day Writing Challenge

Day 1 of the 31 Marigold Fermentation Dye Vat.
Today I made thirty-five wool loops for my dye vat, one of which will remain out of the vat as my test swatch and I will put it in a journal later. I’ll remove one loop per day from the vat, photograph it, wet and after it’s been rinsed and dried.
I really don’t have much to say today philosophically speaking, it’s a wet cold day here and to be honest I wish it would snow.
I am thinking about washing the one-gallon bucket I found in my wet studio and starting my fermentation vat. I still need to go to the store to get a fish tank bubbler for my fermentation vat.
Thoughts on Fermentation: You can do the vat one of two ways, fermentation using a bubbler to introduce oxygen into the vat, or without the bubbler. If you do it without a bubbler you will need to either seal the vat entirely with a tight fitting lid which is similar to solar dyeing and you could even use a one gallon glass jar for this experiment, or you will have to heat it up every couple of days to prevent mold from growing in the vat. Mold will definitely shift the final colors, and quite possibly in a direction that is not desirable.
I realize that using a bubbler is not true fermentation, it is however my method of choice when utilizing a fermentation dye vat. If it were mid summer I would put the vat outside in a sunny area, and let the Sun do its magic, that said, however, it’s late fall here and I really don’t want my house smelling like a swamp right now, because very often that’s what a true fermentation dye vat smells like, swamp water.
After I start my vat I’ll make up an alum mordant bath and mordant the wool loops, rinse them afterward, and add them to my vat.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Where did the time go?

I’m not sure how it happened but tomorrow is December 1st which is the beginning of two separate challenges.
Challenge Number One is two write a post every day for 31 days.
Challenge Number Two is the 31 Day Marigold Fermentation Vat.
Tomorrow, I shall start the vat, I still need to go to the store and purchase a fish tank bubbler for my vat, which will also utilize a fish tank heater. And finally, create little yarn butterflies for each day of the week to be removed from the vat.
The fermentation challenge will end sometime around January 5th.
The wool yarn butterflies will be pre-mordanted with alum.

Friday, December 22, 2017


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my friends, family, and fans!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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