My second day in Liverpool started with a nice breakfast at Brasco Lounge. They have an entirely separate vegan menu, and I ended up settling on their vegan breakfast plate. This was my first time trying baked beans since getting to Britain, and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked these. I usually find the American kind much too sweet. I’m more of a fan of savory breakfasts, so this hearty plate was right up my alley.
The restaurant was conveniently located near the Liverpool Museum, which is a great free (!) place to explore. The best part for me was their large exhibit on the history and movement of transgender people.
Albert Dock is also nearby and holds a few entertaining things to see. My favorite of which was the giant Echo Wheel. Although I’m not a huge fan of heights, I rode it anyway and had a great time being terrified on the squeaky ride.
While wandering around the dock, I was drawn into a candy shop due to their amazing jelly bean portrait of The Beatles. Inside, I found some vegan vanilla Liverpool candy canes, which my inner tourist insisted I try.
As a bonus: here’s a yarnbombing I saw at St. John’s Gardens.
Last week I tried dyeing yarn for the first time. Sadly, most websites only focus on dyeing animal fibers (usually sheep or alpaca wool) which doesn’t fit with my vegan lifestyle. So I just bought a skein of white Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn, a tie dye kit, and tried to give it a go!
Thankfully Peter helped me, because I probably couldn’t have done it myself. Before the dyeing began, I wrapped the yarn around a large notebook and slid it off, so it was longer and easier to dye than a wrapped skein. Then we mixed up the dyes from the kit (the colors were blue, green, and pink), gloved up, and got to dyeing!
We just separated the yarn into three sections by using rubberbands and then put each different dye on each section. Then we wrapped it up and left it for 7 hours. Afterwards I washed it out and the picture above is what I got. I was pretty happy with it. The colors stayed bright and I liked the random white spots and purple (where the blue and pink mixed). My only problem was that the yarn got extremely tangled after washing it and it took me a few hours to untangle it. Before I try this again, I will find a better method where it won’t become a big knotty mess.
I used the dyed yarn to make a knitted kitty! Which shows off the yarn’s different colors nicely.