Toilet Paper Nostalgia

My daughter is in elementary school, but in less then ten years I can expect to wake up some morning and see my two gorgeous trees in front of my house decorated with toilet paper.  Some boy, or friend, or frenemy will have expressed their love, anger, or both by littering our trees.  I was reminded about this eventuality by a friend who lives in a neighborhood with older kids and was greeted by this site on Friday morning.  (She gave me permission to use her picture.)

Her image reminded me of my TPing days, which then reminded me of colored toilet paper.  When we really wanted to grab the attention of our target we’d splurge and get pink, blue, coral or green toilet paper.  Not tan or white.  They were so boring.  Wait a second….


I think this is a generational thing.  It’s been decades since I’ve seen colored toilet paper.  20 somethings have no idea what I’m talking about.  30 somethings don’t either.  40 somethings and older, you with me?  Did you have a great aunt who had powder blue toilet paper that matched her bathroom, or a grandma who liked mint green to go with her olive green decor?  Oh yes, it existed.  It was a thing, and it was so fun to TP some jock’s tree with pink toilet paper.

Google to the rescue!

I had to visit Toilet Paper World’s blog, because there is a place called Toilet Paper World and they have a blog.  (The internet is an amazing place.)  They claim that non-white toilet paper disappeared in 2004.  This means my daughter has lived her whole life in a world without colored toilet paper.  The site says that the cost of manufacturing different colors combined with fears that the dyed paper could cause irritation in unsavory places was enough to end the reign of colored toilet paper.

History’s Dumpster has a post that has some amazing images of colored toilet paper, including the Charmin versions I remember with their sweet pictures of girls on the bags.  He claims that the environment also contributed to the end of colored toilet paper, but as of 2012 demand was starting back up again.  Time to turn to Amazon to solve the question.  Can we buy colored toilet paper or not?

Okay, a six pack of black toilet paper is available from Amazon for $25.99 with prime shipping, but that’s novelty toilet paper prices.  It doesn’t count.  I’m not spending over $50 to do a mediocre job of TPing a tree.  However, there appears to be a European brand, Tento, that has a variety of toilet paper options including floral, sea breeze and fresh morning scents.  Keep scrolling past the butt-scenting options, which is also patterned with sunshine, flower and shell motifs, and you will find peach and green which they market as a “pastel revitalization!”  Tento is available on Amazon, but you’ve got to buy 32 rolls and wait 3 weeks for shipment.  Maybe in a few years when my kid is the TPer we’ll make the investment.  For $55 you could really surprise a teenager in 2025 with a peach colored tree, although it’s tempting to greet them with a scented seashell patterned tree.  Thankfully I have a few years to ponder my choices.

Finish something, part deux

Now that the Afthead lice infestation is officially over, my hands were itching to do something more productive than comb hair.   (I spent a lot of time examining my daughter’s afthead, let me tell you!)  I wanted to finish something, like my BFF Neil Gaiman encouraged me to do a few weeks ago.  The novel is still inching along, but I’ve had a knitting project in the basket since February, and I had Women’s World Cup soccer and Tour de France to watch this weekend.  Knitting time!

My husband jokes about my knitting and my writing, “You’re so lucky.  You’ve already got all your old-person hobbies figured out.”  In retaliation I poke him with my knitting needle and make fun of him publicly on my blog.  I’m excited about my first knitting blog, because I can try some cross linking between my Ravelry page and my blog.  If you aren’t a knitter just look at the pretty pictures and wonder why on earth I’d want to work with a toasty pile of of wool when it’s over 90 degrees out. The pattern is the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and I used Liberty Wool from Classic Elite Yarns.  It took  about 3 skeins of the light tone (color 7804) and 3 skeins of the dark tone (7898).   It’s a really long scarf.     I also have a shower to go to next weekend for a dear friend’s baby boy.  Well there’s nothing I love more than knitting baby hats, so I also started, and finished a baby hat this weekend.  I watched a Lynda course about design and by the time it was done my yarn had become a hat!   I have found that I can learn from those online courses if my hands are busy while I’m watching.  It alleviates some of the tedium.  I’ve yet to be brave enough to bring knitting to a meeting filled day at work, but I bet it would work in person too. Sadly I think knitting at work is at best weird and at worst rude.

This pattern is a modification of the Magic Coffee Baby Hat pattern.  I used three Debbie Bliss yarns; the brown and blue are cashmerino aran (300008 and 300005) and the red is cashmerino astrakhan (31006) which is a yarn with a little texture to it.  The cashmerino yarn makes the hat both not-itchy and machine washable, critical for a baby.  I did a slip stitch on the fourth stitch of the brown row to make the brown bump in the blue stripe.  I think it’s cute and should be a great first hat for a September baby.   We are supposed to bring a book instead of a card to this shower, and as the book lover in this group of friends, I picked out the books for three of us.  I’m like a kid’s book personal shopper.  I love all three of these books.  The hat is included in the picture so you can see how teeny tiny it is.     What a productive weekend!  Now I just have to wait two months for anything I created to get worn.  The best part is, now that I’ve finished two somethings, I can start something…or tackle that sweater that was under the scarf in the knitting basket.  Just one more sleeve!  Maybe I can get it done before winter.