Yarn Dyeing

After reading that Kool-Aid will dye yarn, I’ve been wanting to try it out ever since.  It seems harmless enough – I do drink that stuff afterall.  I had a ball of Patons Classic Merino Wool in Aran in my stash, so I went to the grocery store and got some supplies.

Here’s what came out of the microwave:

I actually used Disney Cool Splashers instead of Kool-Aid because it was on sale.  I used one packet of Strawberry, one packet of grape, and two packets of Black Cherry.  The black cherry is kind of hidden behind the grape in the picture, so you can’t see it very well.

The dyeing went really easily.  I unwound the yarn into a hank and tied it to keep it from getting tangled.  I mixed the kool-aid in 3 cups, dunked the yarn into it, and stuck it into the microwave.  After about 10 minutes of microwave time (at 2 minutes on, 2 minutes off), it came out just like that.

I was really afraid of the wool felting in the process, since it wasn’t superwash.  It didn’t while it was dyeing.  Unfortunately, when I rinsed it out, apparently I had agitated it too much so it started felting a little bit.  Once I noticed though, I stopped and was able to rescue it as I wound it into a ball.  Here’s my finished product:

I’m calling the color Sari, because that’s what it reminds me of.  Eventually I’ll make some socks from it, but for now, it’s sitting prettily in my stash.

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April 15, 2007. Yarn. 1 comment.

Washcloth & Potholder


Pattern: Potholder from Lion Brand, Mason-Dixon Washcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lion Cotton in Sagebrush
Gauge: didn’t check (who cares what size a dishcloth & potholder is)
Needles:
Size 8 Denise, Size K crochet hook

I made these for my mother-in-law, as it was her birthday. This was my first dishcloth and potholder, and I have to say that I’m addicted. The dishcloth worked up really fast, and I love how it is not a traditional rectangle. The cotton feels super too! Since I got my gigantic stash of Sugar ‘n’ Cream now, maybe I’ll spend the summer knitting my kitchen :).

April 10, 2007. Knitting. 3 comments.

My First Real Stash

This box came in the mail a few days ago:

Amazon apparently had some sort of glitch/typo so that their Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn was on sale for $0.40 a ball. Sure, Sugar ‘n’ Cream isn’t expensive to begin with, but $0.40 is definitely a killer! The “sale” only lasted about 15 minutes, but in that short time, I was able to order myself 57 balls!

Here’s my stash of Sugar ‘n’ Cream:

I swore to myself that I’d never have a big stash, because I’m usually a buy-as-you-go kind of person. I like to have a project assigned to every ball of yarn I have, unless it’s a left-over ball (I’ll even return the full balls). So having this much around just because is … well … kind of weird.

I have ideas for them all (see Projects to Start page). This is going to last me years!

Yay for sales!!!

April 10, 2007. Knitting, Yarn. 6 comments.

Isabella Progress

After another week of knitting, including a round-trip 3-hour car ride, here’s where I am with Isabella:

This is not getting any faster! I did just start the armhole decreases, so the end is near. But then again, there’s still the front piece. I really like how it looks, but I’m really quite sick of making little stitches on size 3 needles.

I think this is going to get put away for a few days, until I can convince myself to work on it again. Meanwhile, maybe I’ll re-tackle the cable bag that I’m still putting off…

April 10, 2007. Knitting. 2 comments.

Yorick Finished

I finished Yorick a while ago, but just haven’t had a chance to blog about it. Anyhow, here’s a picture of the FO:

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool – 1 skein
Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4″ in stockinette (pre-felting)
Needle: Size 8 Denise
Pattern: Yorick from Knitty

I had a lot of fun knitting this, as it was super easy after the skull. I knitted both skulls from two ends of the skein, then I put it together on one needle to knit them up at the same time. It was a great way to avoid second-sock syndrome. Once that was done, it was joined in the middle with the kitchener stitch. It was my first try at the kitchener stitch, but it came out perfectly. No seams – it’s like magic!

It was also my first attempt at felting and I was surprised at how easy it was. Here’s a picture of the scarf unfelted:

I took this and attempted to hand felt it in the bathroom sink like I did with the swatch. It looks creepy all floating in the sink!

That didn’t really work though, so eventually, I gave up and took it to a washing machine. I put it in a mesh bag, set the machine on hot and just left it. It worked beautifully and I’m so happy with it.

All in all – I’m really glad I made this. I don’t think I really like felted things too much, so maybe I won’t knit felted projects a lot. I’m definitely happy that I learned how to do it though.

April 9, 2007. Knitting. 1 comment.

Isabella Progress

I started Isabella this weekend – swatched on Friday and started knitting on Saturday. It’s really tough knitting so small, but I really like how it looks. It’s thin and even and soft. I especially like the picot hem in the pattern – a very classy touch indeed.

I’ve knit most of Saturday and Sunday (okay, only really between homework assignments, but I still knit a lot!) and still only have a little over 4 inches. This one is going to take me a while. Maybe it’ll be done just in time for next summer…

A picture to document my progress:
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April 1, 2007. Knitting. 4 comments.