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Jennifer Richardson wrote:I spent my spare minutes over the last couple days crocheting a pot holder for the door of the rocket cooktop, which we have discovered gets quite hot. I used some gorgeous naturally-dyed yarn that Judith Browning very kindly sent to Wheaton Labs, which Paul & Jocelyn were sweet enough to allow me to use. Unfortunately, the door got a lot hotter than expected, and charred the potholder almost instantaneously! Luckily, the charring was on the wrong side, so the right side (the “front”) still looks good, and can be used for actual pot handles. I may need welding gloves for the door!  



Jennifer Richardson wrote:Nicole, I think it actually was wool that burnt! I was really surprised. I did not felt it, though—I’ll have to give that a shot.



That is definitely wool and that stove must have been really really hot to char it!  Wool is self extinguishing but will char if the heat source is hot enough...and will smell like burning hair.  

I would try what Nicole suggested and make large and shrink.  I felted a hat out of that same yarn and it came out very thick and way smaller than I intended  I guess that wouldn't help with the charring though? just protect your hand more....

Beautiful crocheting!

 
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Thank you, Nicole! I made it extra big so I could fold it over, for exactly the reason you mention—the little holes worry me—so it should be perfect to felt down. I look forward to trying out felting!
 
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Thank you so much, Judith! And thank you for sending the lovely yarn!
 
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Dave made a delicious Saturday breakfast, and I am settled in with a cup of tea working on editing & various other computer stuff.

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The books are here awaiting the signing party!
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The pollinators are absolutely flocking to this sedum
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Lots of exhausting computer work today—here are some pretty things to add a bit of cheer.

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After finishing my potholder, I needed a dish scrubber, so I decided to crochet one out of wool, which I’ve never used for a dishcloth before (usually I use cotton, but don’t have any here). It actually seems to work just fine, though.

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I don’t know the story behind this one, but it’s my favorite
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Scorched wool on my potholder
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Crocheting in the dark while watching Battle Bots with the guys
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Finished mesh dish scrubby
 
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> scorched

Aww, Jen!   Shucks, that's just a nice start on some elegant patina! <G>  Or honorable dueling scars. <g>  The walking dead, halt and lame we use around the kitchen here, well, your beautiful little crocheted lady wouldn't let'm into the kitchen! And we don't even have a rocket stove to make life interesting.


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Thanks, Rufus! I was so surprised that the rocket stove door got hot enough to scorch wool instantly that I wasn’t even annoyed about my potholder, heh.
 
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We mostly worked on building gates last week—this one ended up needing more counterweight than expected!

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Finished gate
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I made a heart with the barbed wire scraps
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Jaqi with my heart
 
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Another lovely morning! Ashley is here for the PEP event, and we are really enjoying having her here. She built a wonderful hugel at the Abbey yesterday (which everyone but me got pictures of—I was working on another project)!

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Jaqi whitewashed a sign for the Voltzwagon (my solar power source at the Abbey)
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A flower I don’t recognize at the Abbey
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Pollinators at Base camp
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Lovely Sakura green tea from the tea shop in Missoula
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