There was also a second part to the tie dyed collared shirt experience: my shirt. This process took a bit longer as I had make the pattern for my shirt first. I’ve been wanting to make a collared shirt pattern for myself for a while and decided to use this as an excuse to finally give it a shot. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and will definitely be making more shirts like this. However, I will be pre-washing the fabric first next time as it shrunk a bit more than expected.
I also wanted to try a bit more complicated dye process than I had used before: ombre. This was done in two steps. First, I base dyed the shirt a medium blue. After letting it sit over night, I dyed it a second time in green. For this pass, I started with the entire shirt submerged except for the collar. Then I slowly raised the shirt out of the dye with a new section removed every two minutes. This resulted in a much more subtle color change than I was expecting, but I really like it. We will definitely be dying more fabric dying in the future.
The finished shirt. It’s nice to finally have a collared shirt that fits!
We lucked out with nice weather over the weekend and took advantage of it on Saturday to go for a hike in Bellevue. Sometime last year, we visited the Bellevue Botanical Garden and noticed that there was a trail that went through the garden called the Lake to Lake Trail between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. So we went up to the garden again and started walking east on the trail.
At the end of the day, we only made it around 2 of the lakes, Phantom and Larson Lakes. It was funny that on the way out we were bleh on the trail as it was half in parks and half on road but, on the way back, we went on the Northern loop and it was quite pleasant. I think we will have to come back and just check out the east side of the trail.
Larsen Lake was full of ducks. They couldn’t decide if they were scared or wanted bread.
Also, a you-pick blueberry orchard on the the hike.
Half of the walk was trails in the woods.
And half was through the roads.
Our final destination was Phantom Lake, home of only corporeal beings.
We decided to do things a bit differently this week and went and did something exciting everyday during the week. Some relaxing may be necessary during this weekend.
The two most exciting things we did were hockey and a gaming night. Jasmine and I had talked about going to the local triple A hockey team – The Thunderbirds! It was quite fun, but there is a large difference between the NHL and Western Hockey League in terms of player quality. But still fun.
Second was that we did a fancy pants gaming night at the Columbia Tower in Seattle. We have done it a couple of times before, but Jasmine and I like having some food, friends, and gaming, so we will certainly do it again.
Thunderbirds! We finally made it!
Southern view from the Columbia Tower.
Northern View from the Columbia Tower.