My impatience took over on Day Four.
When I woke up Saturday morning, I grabbed the directions I’d been stowing on my dresser since the Tie Dye on the Lawn event at Liverpool Public Library on Wednesday afternoon and read the how-to one more time.
Let it set for eight hours, it plainly said. Or even overnight.
When I’d left the exciting get-together that had attracted 400 patrons, my tie-dye veteran colleague Sara had told me to let my T-shirt sit in the back for a long time. Weeks, plural, to let the color do its work, I do recall.
That bag I’d place on the floor in the back of my Chevy Cruze was burning a hole in my consciousness.
Take it out carefully, rinse it will with a hose or in the shower or sink, wash in hot water, wear, those instructions handed out by my friends the librarians said.
My dear wife Karen advised that I take mine out on the lawn of the Little Bitty, which needed water badly with this hot weather settling over our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood anyway.
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I turned the hose on and watered the grass and my tie-dyed shirt in the backyard, soaking it thoroughly on both sides before removing the five rubber bands I’d placed around the plain white T.
Hmmm. The stripes look OK. The bottom of the shirt and sleeves are pretty cool. The top … Let’s say the dye, in day four, had not yet soaked its way all the way through to that part of my T.
Weeks. Plural. Next year.
My dear wife Karen says she loves my design. Bless her fashion sense.
Do you prefer the heavy bottom or lighter top of the shirt? Would you like a swirl design? How long should I let it set next year?