To make a long story short...my hand dyed thread batches of "Garden Afternoon" and "Lavender" cured over 72 hours this week, unintentionally.
What happened was, just when I was all set to begin rinsing out the thread, the sink clogged - completely! I had standing water and leaking below the sink. On top of it all, I needed to catch a train in a few hours (to attend a funeral, at which I would see relatives from very far away that I may not have another opportunity to see). It does all have to happen at once, doesn't it?
Of course I tried the plunger, then the drain cleaner, and ended up with a horrible lethal mess that splattered white bleached spots on my colored clothing. I had to call the emergency service plumber. He arrived in half an hour, but was still working when I needed to leave for the train station. So, the hand dyed batch had to wait in its plastic wrapping until I got back, 3 days later.
I was concerned that the thread would get moldy or that strange things would happen to the colors, but fortunately it turned out just as pretty as usual.
It all worked out. The plumbing is fixed, the mess is cleaned up, I had a wonderful visit with my far away relatives, and I even demonstrated tatting to 2 very interested ladies on the train!
I just need a little rest, then I'll restock my shop on Etsy.