Day 3 – January 3
Today’s lesson was quite fun, it involved fire. I’m not really a pyro. Although after the events of tonight, you might beg to differ. (I forgot about a pot of berry syrup until the 3yo said “it stinks” and DH headed to the kitchen to discover, boiled over syrup and . . .small flames! Ooops! Maybe it runs in the family, though. Apparently, my FIL was melting lead on the stove as a child, left the pot, and came bac to not only melted lead, but a melted pot. Said meltage subsequently drained into the stove vent pipe and ended up in a puddle in the oven! )
But, I digress. So I was working on making some wool pants today. I had some fabric that I was quite sure was wool, but Iwanted to be sure. What to do? What to do? A burn test, of course. I grabbed one of my sewing reference books, matches, a roasting pan and the fabric, then called the kids to the dining room for a little science lesson.
Apparently, you can determine if something is a natural fiber by the way it burns. Specifically, wool will smell like burned hair (duh!), it’s fibers will curl away from the flame, it’s self-extinguishing (flame goes out when the flame source is removed) and will leave a pile of crushable ash. Three of the four fibers were very definitely wool. The last one, which I was pretty sure was wool, or at least I thought I remembered the tag saying 100% wool, burned differently. It produced black smoke, bubbled when it burned and stunk! So I’m gonna say that one is NOT wool.
A fun little project, but it left a major stink in the house for a few hours.