I got a big stash of old Cushing dye envelopes. Tried “Apricot” for starters. This reminds me a lot of Pro Chem “Spiced Pumpkin” which I wove into a blankey long ago as one of my first dye/weave projects. Anyway this Cushing seems to work perfectly fine and it’ll be fun to go through all the envelopes.

They Call It Mello Yello

They call it mellow yellow…. quite wrongly.

The color on the right, that is. On the left, the original white, for comparison.

So from the Little Book of Life Skills, look at this trick I learned:

It’s what to do with the toilet brush after you’ve cleaned the toilet. Let it drain right there for a while. It seems so obvious, yet I never thought to do that!!!


This was taken yesterday – it’s not much different today:


I finished this weaving. It still has no final destination. But I think I’ll trim the edges with some beadwork. I am going to pull out my bead loom for the first time in years.

Fiber 2021: 1

Here’s my first yarn of the new year. I’m going to do solids for a while now. I also broke out the loom:

No, I don’t know what it’s going to be, if anything. Don’t ask me. Everything is ultimately useless.

I saw something recommending you begin each day thinking of three very specific thing to be grateful for, and one great thing that happened in the last 24 hours. This is the greatest thing that happened in the last 24 hours:

Spicy beer. That’s all I’ve got.

PS: I’ve added number of vaccinations to the daily COVID statistics that I keep. We (Vermont) are up to 15,478. A 4,000-jump from a few days ago. We should be going much, much faster, but I’ll take heart where I can.

Next Mix

This should be contrasty enough.

I’m retiring the daily update for the new year. I stay home constantly. I’m going to make one more big whizzbang charitable contribution in 2020 and then rest my finances for a while. I do reserve the right however to chat about what’s for dinner whenever I feel like it.

I have this whole coming week off, even though there is not a damn thing I can do with it, just because I thought it would be mentally healthy to … I don’t know, I would say not work for a week, but I wasn’t working anyway. Between big-picture idleness (the big reason I jumped on that rotational position), end-of-year idleness, and I guess Chris-isn’t-going-to-be-here-come-January-anyway idleness, I was spending almost all my hours listening to podcasts about blockchains & digital currency in the hopes of learning something to help me navigate my way around Tech Lab next year. I have no idea what is going to be expected of me in my new position, and I’d say that’s scary, except it’s not, because I haven’t the foggiest idea what to be scared of.