I was terrifyingly productive yesterday. Which makes up for the past week, when I managed to achieve a foot of shawl and not much else.
I finished the Burda dress, I hoovered, I went for a walk, I shopped, I made a cake for Mr G to take to work (choc chip marble), I made a cake for me (glacé cherry), I made Semolina Barbecue Buns (bread not cake and really good, try them), I baked apples, I made a whole heap of curry, and I dyed the Burda dress.
Things went very well except that I wasn't holding the Pyrex properly when I took it out of the oven, so in two seconds flat I had baked apple and broken pyrex lid all over the oven floor. Annoying.
And the dyeing. Oh. Dear. Oh dearie dearie me.
I went for Dylon's Rosewood Red. On Dylon's website, it looks like a plumy colour. You can't really tell from the photo on the packet of dye - it shows a slice of tree trunk in various shades of orangey red (Dear Dylon, your product images are pretty but completely uninformative. Please rectify). I was hoping for something in the plumy department, but instead it looks like I need to go and join the Brownies...
Oh. My. God.
Isn't this the most hideous colour you have ever seen? Yesterday I had to keep picking my jaw up of the floor because of the horror. Today, I just feel like laughing. Hysterically. Poor, poor Burda dress.
The actual dress turned out quite nicely. I like the shape and the style, and it was very quick and simple once I got my arse in gear.. But oh, that colour. There's no point even ironing the poor thing; it's going to have to go straight back in the laundry bin. I am not going to chicken out and dye it blue, so I will have to think for a while about what colour to try next. Dylon do a colour remover and I think I will have to use that first, because unless I go for black or dark brown, I think traces of this current AWFULNESS will still be visible.
So, if you need to waste €10, go dye something in Rosewood Red, and buy a packet of dye remover while you're at it.
On a more positive note, the cakes are delicious, the curry was to die for and the bread was fab with marmite for breakfast. And delicious food nearly always makes up for bad crafting experiences.