After six years, my yarn steamer has died.
Last weekend, when the kids were here I noticed a sizzling sound underneath the steamer. I assumed it was condensation or something dripping down.
Today I went to do another steamer of yarn and it continued to sizzle.
I emptied the water, dried it inside and out, and set it on a sheet of paper out on the porch. Then I carefully filled it with almost 3 quarts of water (carried in the 3qt pan), just to ensure it really was leaking.
An hour later I went out, the paper was wet, the porch had a puddle and the pan was nearly empty.
I flung out the remaining water and held the bottom up to the light outside. There were THREE little holes, about the size of mechanical pencil leads; they weren’t big enough to see as I filled it in the sink, but I clearly saw light through them outside in the daylight.
Knowing it would be wickedly cruel to leave it in the trash for someone to take and use it, as is, I decided to make sure it was clearly NOT suited for holding anything liquid. Standard carpenter’s hammer, put to good use. And around here, people do a lot of their “holiday shopping” on Wednesdays and Saturdays by the side of the road. As a side note, I was surprised how easily this aluminum stock pot caved in — it was either weakened by many years of use, OR my frustration was greater than I dare admit! hahaha Even so, a metal collector may snatch it and turn it in for fifty cents at the scrap shop. I don’t mind.
Thanks to a regular patron, customer, and friend, a new one has already been ordered and should arrive in 3-5 business days.
In the meantime I have a smaller insert-type elevated steamer rack that fits into my 8 quart stock pot. The pan above is 32 quart, so you can imagine my frustration. I can steam 4-6 skeins at a time with this make-shift method, but in the real steamer I could do 14-18 at a time, depending on whether it was singles or twins in the pouches.
Ahh yes…. the Life and Times of Knitterman, indeed!