It’s a scorcher
Tuesday September 30th 2008, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Life

Feel the burnWe bought a new washer/dryer set 13 years ago.  Kitchenaid.  The washer went through every kind of problem from year one and finally kicked the bucket last month.  No-Blog-Rachel to the rescue!  How many friends have a spare three-year-old washer to sell you?

So I have a question to put out there.  Is my dryer mourning its mate and refusing to play nice with that hussy Whirlpool?  Do I need to replace the thing?  My dryer has never been a really hot one, and it has a brand new hose, so that’s not it.  This blouse was not caught in the door, and it’s definitely not the first one, just the most agonizing to me.  It’s just the no-iron cotton shirts that do this: they come out of the dryer with little burn spots. This was very dark, and the picture here is after much scrubbing of the scorched collar.  Is it the coating they put on those shirts? Would another dryer just do the same thing?  Has anybody else had this?Geisha in Potomac from Blue Moon

Some of the no-iron cotton shirts are terrible–they cling like clumped-up plastic wrap.  This one had it exactly right: it was a cotton shirt, by golly, the fabric relaxed and smooth as if it had been pre-ironed for me, but first and foremost for this natural-fibers fanatic, it was emphatically cotton.Great Falls at the canal

So I showed that dryer who’s boss.  I spent yesterday afternoon working out a new lace pattern, grabbed my Potomac colorway Geisha that Tina dyed for me, and cast on to knit the C&O Canal and the towpath alongside it in the fall back home where she and I grew up.  Dancing in the leaves and seeing them flurry up from our feet.  Storebought can be replaced.  Our time and our knitting can never be.  Onward.

C&O Canal in Oct 07

(Note: I will be at Green Planet Yarn in Campbell tomorrow night at 6:30 for a booksigning. Not sure what I’ll wear, but we’ll have fun. See you there!)

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Heh…if you decide that it’s that particular dryer burning your clothing and you need a new one I have one that needs a home. And I KNOW it plays well with your new washer. 🙂

Comment by no-blog-rachel 09.30.08 @ 6:07 pm

You still have it? If only it were gas, although…

Comment by AlisonH 09.30.08 @ 9:48 pm

I knew those last photos before I read a word! I miss that path…

I have a 13 year old dryer playing nicely with its 11 year old mismatched washer mate, so I won’t tempt fate by commenting on your situation…

Comment by Channon 10.01.08 @ 5:48 am

Maybe you’ve got dryer pixies? I read once in a book about knitting machines that if your machine simply isn’t working, you should look at where it was manufactured. If it was a Japanese model, offer it tea. If it was Swiss made, offer it chocolate. I’m not sure what you offer a dryer, however. Maybe if you sacrifice a few socks, it will leave your shirts alone.

Comment by Laura 10.01.08 @ 7:26 am

Alas, I think I have no useful thoughts about the dryer. But I can say that I adore that yarn, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

Comment by Jocelyn 10.01.08 @ 10:30 am

I too can offer no advice on the dryer situation. I try to hang mine up to dry as often as I can. Then I usually forget that I did, and am out there in the half dark trying to get them down before the mosquito’s get me.

Comment by Kathy in KS 10.01.08 @ 4:40 pm

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