Bet you couldn’t see that title coming, could you!
At this point, I would like to write a quirky little essay about playing Spin the Bottle drawn from my vast experience in my youth. Unfortunately, however, I have no such experiences upon which to wax nostalgic. Alas, my experience with the actual Spin the Bottle game was very limited, late bloomer that I was. I remember one party — perhaps my first real boy/girl party — where there was an attempt at Spin the Bottle but I don’t remember anything especially interesting or exciting about it and certainly there was no kissing for me. (You don’t have to be too sad for me though because I did end up with a super-terrific husband and 3 lovely little agents.)
This Valentine’s Day proves to be a whole different story on playing Spin the Bottle. I have to say that the crafty version is much more satisfying!
40 yards of EcoSpun yarn:
Fiber: EcoSpun – 100% Pure Recycled Soda Bottles from Little Barn Inc, purchased at Rhinebeck. Staple length is about 1.5 inches.
Fiber prep: Carded to remove some of the clumps
Spinning: Using my Kromski wheel I spun 2 bobbins of singles mostly using a modified long draw (as if I were spinning cotton) and then plied them together to make a 2 ply balanced novelty yarn.
Project notes: EcoSpun is made from recycled soda bottles. Even though there appears to be what one would think of crimp in the fibers, it has absolutely no elasticity. The fibers are much stronger than cotton and easier to spin. The resulting yarn is very, um.. can I use the word… limp? It makes up for its limpness in its softness and color. It is pure as the driven snow. I chose to spin this with some slumps and lumps and bumps to try to keep some of the softness of the fibers. I tried spinning it finer and with more twist, but it lost a lot of its character and was a bit hard (plasticy???). I’m sending this yarn off to my Spin to Knit Pal, but I have some left on my bobbin that I will andean ply and swatch.
Still yet to learn: How to set the twist. I think I am just going to wash it with a drop of dishwashing soap, rinse, and dry. I also do not know how to dye soda bottle fibers. Do they need an acid dye? A fiber reactive dye? A completely different dye altogether? Does anyone know? One of the websites that sells EcoSpun fabric stated that the fibers are colorfast, but that is all that I saw. I will keep some sample around for testing…
So that is pretty much the story on the soft white stuff inside today. The stuff on the outside, however, isn’t quite as entertaining! We had 5 inches of hard packed sleet. So hard that it caused quite the fight to erupt between me and Mr. Snowy:
Well, the picture is not that great, but what it shows is that I could not get Mr. Snowy to cooperate with me. He would only skim the surface and not go down to the level of the driveway. Needless to say, I had to hang my head in shame and turn him over to IHA. I guess he needed to be dominated tonight. I wonder if I crack the whip with Mr. Snowy tomorrow, will I get him to do my parent’s driveway tomorrow? Fortunately, they don’t have to go anywhere so we have time to figure it out.
If you are wondering how the snow day went with the little agents, it had its ups and downs. We gave them Webkinz for V-day presents and that kept them very happy until shortly after lunch. Agent K is not very good at staying home all day and entertaining herself so after awhile she gets a bit persnickety, but after the afternoon bickerings were over they went out to play a bit and things mostly quieted down. I don’t know yet if they will have school tomorrow or not. Perhaps it will be a delayed opening? If they don’t have school, they won’t have to go back until next Wednesday. We have a lot of shopping to do for our trip this weekend. T – 14, by the way! Whoo hoo!