Yesterday was a spring cleaning day at Casa Kathy. I took the blinds down from the bedroom windows, washed them in the bathtub, and re-hung them. I removed the flannel sheets from the beds and replaced them with cotton ones. After lunch, I changed the duvet cover (along with its shams and bed skirt) in the master bedroom and switched out the artwork and accessories.
All the bulky winter-weight fabric led to lots of extra laundry. The washer and dryer were going for hours. Every time a load would finish in the dryer a clean one was waiting to replace it. The last load I did before I sat down for a well-earned rest was the duvet cover and shams. When I moved the load from the washer to the dryer I made sure the cover was completely right side out and not tangled up. I used the dryer's automatic setting, and when the load was finished I didn't bother to take the things out.
This morning before breakfast I washed a load of clothes. When they were done I opened the dryer and was momentarily surprised there was something in there, but quickly remembered what it was. As usually happens with large items, the load was tangled up into a wad (which meant it probably wasn't completely dry in the middle). As I unwound it to check I realized the duvet cover had completely turned itself inside out!
I've seen short-sleeved shirts reverse themselves in the laundry, but this duvet cover and shams aren't lightweight. They're made out of heavyweight decorator cotton material and together weigh about 8 pounds; the cover is more than 7 feet long on each side. I have no idea how the inversion came to pass, but I wish my dryer had a video camera so I could observe the process.
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