My husband went out today investigating lungfish with a colleague, who apparently sets “yabbie” traps to catch his dinner. He sent Stephen home with a few. I understand “yabbies” are like freshwater lobsters. They look like lobsters to me. He calls them “crayfish.”
He’s wearing a hemp t-shirt I made last Christmas. I decorated the shirt using graffiti-style stencils and spray paint. I was happy with the result, but worried the design might deteriorate over time. Though the paint softened through continual wear and washing over the past year, it’s still going strong. It faded from black to charcoal, I’m cool with that.
The same may be said of the hemp jersey- soft and strong. The fabric feels weird at first, but it ages well. This isn’t his “best t-shirt” by a long shot, but it’s living a full and happy life.
Unfortunately, it looks like the hemp/cotton shorts I made 18 months ago need to be retired. Don’t make welts in hemp, it’s a bad idea. Had I realized welts and hemp don’t mix I would have left them out and he’d still have a decent pair of shorts. As it is, I’ll take a leaf out of Tanit-Isis’ book and mend them. Again. At least he can wear them out on the boat.
We spent some time with these creatures, they’re docile and otherworldly. Except when I get too close. Then it’s more like the movie Alien. Perhaps we’ll paint a blue yabbie instead of a Moreton Bay bug for the Lobster Dress project. It’s rather pretty, in its way. I have a few new sketches to show, but I’ll wait to post those until we have a nice blue lobster thumbnail.
Do you like yabbies? Crayfish? Is a blue yabbie slightly more decorative than a Moreton Bay bug? Should I document the process next time I do some t-shirt stenciling?