Hi, welcome to String Revolution. I'm Léan, I live in Dublin with my husband and two little boys, and I am a dangerous stringy subversive.
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Why You Need a Perceptive 3-Year-Old About the House

My embroidery stand

That there, o siblings in string, is my embroidery stand. Harmless-looking thing, isn’t it?

The other week, I was in the kitchen with the Feaster, clearing away the lunch things and getting ready to go and pick the Oyster up from Montessori.

“Mama,” said the Feaster, “look! The floor is on fire!”

“Cool!” I said, coming over to take a look. I assumed he was going to show me an arrangement of coloured paper or pipe-cleaners or similar. It’s the kind of thing he does.

But no.

It turned out, right, and you’ll laugh when you hear this, that the floor actually was on fire.

See the embroidery stand? The round part below the light is, of course, a magnifying glass.

And we have what amounts to a large, south-facing, glass wall in our kitchen.

And it was a crisp, blue-skies, late-autumn day.

And the sun had ambled up its wonted path until it cleared the houses behind ours, and was now shining picturesquely in through the patio doors, and hitting that magnifying glass at just the right angle to…


Where the magnified ray of sun hit the wooden floor, there was now a blackened area about the size of my thumbnail. A spot to one side of this area was glowing bright orange, like the tip of a lit cigarette. Smoke was beginning to curl nonchalantly upwards.

Above the burning spot was my wooden sewing table, laden with fabrics, baskets, my sewing machine, the iron – basically an abundant heap of ideal fuel.

“Ooh, look at that!” says I to the Feaster, as conversationally as I could manage. “The floor is on fire! Thank you for telling me.”

I moved the magnifying glass out of the sun, got a cup of water, and thoroughly doused the fire.

Here’s what it looked like afterwards (I confess I didn’t pause to take a picture of the glowing version):

Charred patch on our kitchen floor

(You can just make out the greyish pit on the protruberance to the right, where the wood had begun to turn to ash.)

Then we went and got the Oyster.

The Revolutionary Horde: But… But… But… Léan, that’s incredibly scary! What if the Feaster hadn’t been playing in that part of the kitchen? What if you’d left to get the Oyster five minutes earlier? What if it had smouldered away for hours and nobody had noticed? Oh my god! Your house could have burned down! You could have died!
Me: *puts hands over ears* LA-LA-LAAAAAA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

I’m just not thinking about it too hard. Because I quite like being able to sleep once in a while.

Still, mad props to the Feaster, eh? Boy done good.

And in conclusion, if you own an embroidery stand with a magnifying glass, KEEP IT OUT OF THE SUN, OK?


I realised this morning that my Shop page was an old version, totally out of date and missing a whole lot of things. Which goes some way to explaining slow sales… Anyway. Fixed now. Go and buy stuff 🙂

3 comments to Why You Need a Perceptive 3-Year-Old About the House

  • Oh my goodness, that is kind of scary, props to your wee lad for letting you know.

  • Oh my! The unforeseen dangers of the string revolution… Good thing the Feaster spotted that one before it inflicted too harsh a setback to the cause. Yay for the revolutionary headquarters being protected from that danger, so that the revolution can keep going strong! (And yay for the updated shop!)

  • leannich

    @Kirsty: It was one of those moments of “oh, look, something terrifying; watch while I deal with it UTTERLY CALMLY to avoid freaking out the three-year-old”.

    @Josiane: I know… It’s kind of elementary physics, of course, but it was pretty scary to see it so dramatically demonstrated!

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