I did a really stupid thing today. Surely, there must have been some outside force at work, I KNOW better than to do what I did. Yet, I did it.
It just may be sleep deprivation. After all, I stayed up super-late to finish a really good book, only cramming in three hours of sleep.
Maybe I can blame it on yet another day of oppresive heat and humidity. I tend to wilt in this weather, my brain turns mushy, and I lose clarity.
Somehow, though, I just made a mistake.
I had three yards of indigo kona cotton, fresh off the bolt. I know from experience that indigo is worse even than black for having excess color. So, late yesterday, I washed it with a load of blue jeans to get the first round of excess dye out.
OK. You all KNOW what is coming.
This morning, I tossed the jeans in the dryer, and started a large load of ratty old undies, kitchen towels, and some other items. Wanting to make a full load, I noticed my son’s pile of white tee’s sitting there and tossed them in as well. I set the washer for warm, and added a wee bit of bleach, not realizing that the indigo fabric was still clinging to the inside of the washer.Can we say DUH???
Interestingly, the indigo kona is still very solid indigo, despite the bleach. Of course, absolutely everything else is now splotched with indigo as well. I will re-wash the whites without the indigo.
I am trying to decide if I should use a dye-grabber, or bleach. I am ambivalent about blothcy undies, but suspect the tee shirts would not be very well received. After all, my son has insisted upon doing his own laundry since he was 13!
Since the heat index just topped 100 degrees, and I have only fans to cool my home, I have decided to defer further laundry decisions. Or maybe I just do not trust myself to get it right this time! I am going to go wander to a movie theatre and enjoy some air conditioning for a while. Reality can wait!
So what mindless things have all of YOU been up to lately? And, if you do not mind a personal question, what color have you dyed your undies lately?
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