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Learning to wool dye and new water filter...

Had a fun day today :D!

Katy came over and showed me how to dye wool using powdered food colouring... OMG! Had no idea it was so easy! It's definitely something I could do and would be fun to do as well. I can even do it with the kids around because there are no caustic fumes they might inhale!

Here is Katy having a go at some rainbow dying...



Gorgeous, isn't it!!!


And here is a bit of dip dying, this was even easier!


The wool just soaks up the dye like a sponge!


Instant sunrise, hahaha!


I can't wait to knit with this!

And here is the finished rainbow skein hanging up to dry...

The other thing I did today, was take receipt of the water filter we're trialing for a week... Dave doesn't want to spend the money on this as he is quite happy to drink water from the tap, but I hate water straight from the tap. In this suburb it tastes like crap, ergh! Consequently, I don't drink a lot of water because if I buy a drink it is usually Coke Zero. We spend about 5 dollars a week on Sparkling Mineral water, which Dave mostly drinks... This filter both chills and heats water, so it's also doubles as an urn. The weekly repayments for it over 18 months is $10 a week, or $40 a month. Every six months you get a new filter, which is another $50 bucks... I'm already loving it, have had 5 glasses of water already, and that's quite amazing for me!

The kids can use it too, which is great and I've explained to them about the hot water and about the lock on the hot water and how they're not allowed to touch it. Bryn can't reach the levers yet, but I'm a bit concerned about when he might be able to do that. It's in the kitchen so that's a locked off area, so that helps a lot...


There are seven layers of filtering including charcoal and terracotta, and the water comes out chilled and tasteless and lovely, yes, better than bottled hahaha!


Comments

loz said…
Oh that wool looks awesome I wanna learn now too....

That water filter looks awesome can you tell me more, I have been wanting to get filtered water for ages it has just been a tad too exxy
Sif said…
Hahahaha, funny you should call it awesome (the water filter), because the company is called Awesome Water... They have a website that I haven't checked out at www.awesomewater.com.au - sorry gotto run, Bryn's upset
Juniper said…
Gorgeous wool! And that filter looks great! I know someone else who has one similar, except it is in a terracotta pot. She bought it outright, for a lot of money!

I bet the water tastes fab, I tasted some out of a similar filter at the SLF last year, and it was great! How exciting!
Amanda O. said…
Okay, the water cooler thingie is cool... and I don't want to take away from that at all but ohhhhhhh how COOL is the dying of the wool!?!?!? You'll have to post photos of it when it's dry! *eeps* You're going to get me wanting to spin/dye/felt/knit again! ;-p
Nic and Beren said…
Oh that wool looks gorgeous !
HipbubbyMama said…
Glad you like the water! I love it, and we have a permanent freestanding filter now :D Love the wool too. I don't spose you can use food dye for fabric huh?
casso said…
Wow, that water filter looks amazing! What a fun way to teach kids about the filtration process as well. As for colouring wool, well that is just way too much like being creative for my liking. I'll just step back and let you creative types discuss it amongst yourselves. ;o)
orlenna said…
Dearest Sif, I was so excited to come across your blog a few days ago, have been trying to read it all but treat myself to a bit a day.
You have encouraged me in so many areas of my life, my life is great but I have so many failings and your honesty and openess and the way your journey has unfolded gives me hope and inspiration, if that doesn't sound too corny.
Anyway we're on a big move to QLD this week, if you can email me on my generic addy orlenna@gmail.com I'll fill you in on us when I'm back online, since I've feel a bit voyouristic [sp] just reading all about you. Gorgeous photos, love them.
Orlenna
Sif said…
OMG, Orlenna!!!!

Wow! I'm so excited to see your comment here!!! Now I get to sound corny, I've thought of you soooo many times over the years, and you have been my inspiration, especially with regard to listening to the boys on their schooling journey, as well as considering (though not achieving) a UC birth with Bryn...

Will definitely email you! And please, feel free to lurk and/or post comments here!!!

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