But blogging is not dead, at least for me. I like to read blogs that share deep knowledge about subjects and give a peek into the lives of their writers.
It takes me more than 140 characters or a picture and a quick sentence to express some of my ideas. I also like that my ideas from 2005-present are all collected right here. Some 2003-2006 ideas can also be found at my sister's blog.
ASIDE: When my sister watched me knit in December 2002, she asked me if I was interested in posting on her fiber arts blog. I asked, "What's a blog?"
When I increasingly went off-topic (not about fiber arts), she told me I would be happier with my own blog and suggested Wordpress or Blogger. I found the Blogger interface easier to learn (YMMV) and here we are in 2016.
META: I'm going to keep writing about whatever interests me and I think should be more broadly known. That means, it's not all knitting and sewing. I read environmental science news and journal articles and I'm going to write about how that translates into real life for people who aren't scientists. Occasionally, I'll multi-task by connecting science, sociology and making stuff.
When I see bullshit, I'm just going to write about that, breathe, and then let the anger go. I don't know if exposing bullshit does any good when so many people appear to be unswayed by facts or reason, but, pushing back makes me feel better.
Some sewing happened
|Pattern by Karen Z and endorsed by ASG (always good signs.)|
|Four versions, all sewn with recycled shirts.|
|Perfect for recycling shirts that are frayed at the collar/cuffs.|
|The only knit version.|
|The only one not sewn from a recycled shirt. But the remnant was purchased by the pound from an odd jobber.|
Natural dyes are also not the answer. It takes about 13 acres to grow enough natural dyes to dye 1 acre of cotton.
Those rayon pants? I used every last scrap of that remnant. I can't bear to see rayon wasted after I chanced across a textbook on rayon manufacturing at Moe's used bookstore in Berkeley. It was written for chemical engineers in industry and cost $200 *used* and in the 1980s. However, it was 800 pages thick. I managed to skim-read much of it on repeated visits to Moe's because I can't afford the $ or shelf space for that book.
I love the feel of rayon, but not the environmental impact of the irresponsibly made ones. If the rayon was made in Germany, or has the Tencel trademark, it was made with an environmentally-friendly closed-loop process. Enviro-guilt free.
Back to this top.
I over-dyed a green/white striped pinpoint oxford shirt with (cobalt? ultramarine?) blue Procion fiber reactive dye from Dharma Trading the same day I tried the snow-dye experiment. You can see the shirt in the plastic shoebox in those photos. The color is made up of different dye components, and they can separate, as they did here on the lower back.
|Color separation happens.|
|Star bursts of dye happen, if you don't filter your dye for undissolved dye particles.|
Grandma Sewing techniques, so the top can be worn inside out. The contrast between the quilting cotton and the shirt is more muted on the reverse side.