Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Will The Dye Set Faster Now?

Having recently discovered the joys of using the crock pot for dyeing fiber rather than trying to create healthy meals for up to 10, I decided that it may be worth my while to invest in a larger pot. While the dyeing space is smaller, I've had much better results with color than I did using the big pot heated on the stove. As an added bonus, the crock pot liner is so very easy to clean and probably won't rust out like my big ol' lobster pot did.

However, the larger crock pots were a bit on the pricey side by my humble standards. Especially for something that was going to be used as a dye pot. I wanted, at the very least, a 6 quart pot and was having little luck finding one at a price I was willing to pay.

I'd heard a rumor that there were a few decent-sized slow cookers over at the local Honest-It-Just-Fell-Off-The-Truck Discount Store. So after retrieving my truck from the service center yesterday, I headed over for a gander. And, sure enough, there were a few of the desired pots that could be had for a price I considered to be within my budget.

But, sometimes life is just funny. I like to think that the smart folks let the funny work itself out. I mean, really...if you can't see the chuckle potential in certain situations then you aren't really trying and are probably doomed to a life of eating nothing but sensible meals. Which I can guarantee you will not have cooked up in one of these crock pots.

For you see, there was a catch. The reasonably priced pots had all a Sheep could wish for in terms of bells 'n whistles, overall capacity, ease of cleaning...

and are part of the Legends of Nascar series.

I'll just let you sit with that for a minute...

Yes. There are a series of crock pots especially designed for racing fans. Serious racing fans. Racing fans who are committed enough to the sport to want even their pot roast to have a little of the taste of the track.

I had to ask myself, "Sheep, how much do you really want a crock pot? Just what is your commitment level here?"

Don't get me wrong. I wholeheartedly support the right of Nascar fans everywhere to celebrate their chosen interest. Have at it and cheer to your heart's content! I've watched a few races with the family myself over the years. I just never thought I'd ever be in a position where I'd be giving serious consideration to whether I wanted a crock pot featuring Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt or some other guy I've not heard of.

Yeah...there are days when the blog just writes itself. You got a Sheep standing in a discount store weighing the relative merits of race car drivers and trying to decide just how far she is willing to compromise her sophisticated decor in order that she might have a cheap dye pot. Life is funny sometimes.

And, for the record, I went with Dale Earnhardt. I figure if you're going to go with the Nascar theme, you might as well make the whole thing something of a tribute.

And I think Dale would have appreciated the humor in the situation...

SA

15 comments:

Mouse said...

They make NASCAR crockpots? Holy crap.. I live in the South.. you think I'd have seen one of these beauties by now! I can't believe you didn't take a photo of them..

Mel said...

I had wondered what you meant by there being a reason it was available at greatly discounted price. Don't you know that in North Carolina it would be a collector's item? Seriously, though, it's a good thing you didn't go with Jeff Gordon. I don't think a Promise Keeper whose wife filed for divorce over his "marital Misconduct" would have been very good energy for your fiber.

April said...

Must. see. pictures.

catsmum said...

yeah what April said.
Pictures
asap
please

Anonymous said...

We want photos! We want photos!
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Julie said...

A NASCAR crockpot?! Yes, photos are needed!

hey, my verification word is "racgye" :-)

Lorraine said...

Awww! My Dad would love one of those. He's a die-hard racing fan. His wife, on the other hand . . .

Vrooom! Bet that thing already has some fiber simmerin'.

lobstah said...

That is possibly one of the funniest things I've ever heard.

Leigh said...

*lol* No wonder they ended up at the Last Chance Discount Store! Of course here in The South, they would have been sold out at the original price from day one.

Kate said...

I think you are right, the dye will definitely set faster!!

Oh and I read a book to my son last night that made me think of you: Russell the Sheep (Rob Scotton). About a sheep having trouble getting to sleep... sound familiar? If you are in a book store or library anytime soon you MUST READ! :D

Rani said...

Are you kidding? I mean, does the pot really have a graphic of Dale or Nascar logos? You MUST blog a picture!! HA HA HA HA

kmkat said...

Sheepie, you have one of the best ways with words of any blog I read, but seriously, you have GOT to start carrying that fancy-schmancy camera with you everywhere you go. A photo of a shelf full of NASCAR crock pots, for heavens sake, I mean, that is priceless!

So, will you be knitting black and white stranded checked stockinette now? :)

Sheila said...

I scrolled down, eargerly looking for a photo of your new crock-pot.
Too funny!

Julie said...

Dale definitely would have been amused.

If you're anywhere near an outlet mall, that's where I go to get my slow-cookers. I burn them out fairly regularly, what with the commercial output and all. They run about $20 there. FYI.

brenda said...

My guess is you got it at Marden's. You never know what you'll find there!