Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clauderick's Magical Mystery Tour....

At least ONE of us is having a whirlwind summer vacation....my evil cow scaring frog Clauderick is currently visiting the UK where he has already ridden on a train, visited a champagne bar, shopped at Loop in London and has met a lovely female version of himself.
Clauderick and his new lady friend at the train station. 
Photo courtesy of Rav buddy IvoryTinkler.

Uh oh, someone may have had too much to drink.
Photo courtesy of Rav friend Catknit.
Sitting in Loop surrounded by so much loveliness!
Photo courtesy of Rav friend Catknit
The fun continues with a trip to Fibre East in Bedford for a dip in the frog pond with a bunch of other friends. I am so jealous.

Monday, July 9, 2012

1/2 POUND of 100% CASHMERE for $3.69!

Thriftshop find. 100% cashmere poncho!SO easy to unravel, NO SLEEVES to deal with, an added PLUS!
Unravelling made easy using my swift.
Washed, Kool-aid dyed with Mixed Berry flavor, dried and skeined.
TWO 4 ounce skeins of fingering weight CASHMERE for a total of 226.7 grams!
Life is GOOD!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Self-Striping Kool-aid Dyeing Recipe...


Disclaimer: in order to achieve stripes of a specified length one needs to "do the math" using a test swatch, measurement & calculations as shown in THIS tutorial.

I did not follow that advice and instead estimated my sections & lengths as I did not have a specific purpose in mind for this yarn and basically just wanted to see if I could do it.

This yarn was already part of my stash and not overly expensive so IF it had not turned out it wouldn't have been "the end of the world". PLEASE experiment on yarn you wouldn't mind messing up.

Self-Striping Kool-aid Dye Experiment Recipe

1 skein of Plymouth Galway in color #121 (light gray-green)
2 packets Kool-aid Ice Blue Raspberry (light blue)
1 packet Kool-aid Mixed Berry (darker blue)
2 packets Kool-aid Grape for 2nd dye bath
Cooking pot

Sample yarn color was achieved in 2 separate dye baths.

Place two chairs about 10 feet apart. Wrap yarn around the chair backs to form extra long loops. Once yarn is all wrapped, tie the yarn together at intervals. I divided mine in 4ths, equally spaced.
Soak newly wrapped yarn in warm water. Fill pot 2/3rds full with water of the same temperature. Add the 2 packets of Ice Raspberry & 1 packet of Mixed Berry to the pot and stir to dissolve.
Squeeze out excess water from yarn and place 2 complete yarn sections, (between the ties), into the pot. Drape remainder of skein over into a mixing bowl or plate to catch water from the yarn.

(Sorry about the blur...dip two sections of yarn into dye, leaving other 2 sections draped over side.

Turn burner on medium heat. Do not boil. Watch pot for dye to almost exhaust. This will become evident as the water begins to get more transparent. After a few minutes dunk the rest of the yarn in the pot and let it steep until the dye is completely exhausted, (water may turn milky white or clear).

Dye has been exhausted as evidenced by the milky white color.

Let yarn cool until you can handle it without getting burned. Squeeze excess water out in a rolled towel.

 Here you see the yarn after the first round of dye....the light green sections were given a second over-dye...

...using the grape kool-aid in the same process as outlined above.

Resulting in this....

I can't wait to make a test swtach to see how the stripes look!

Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More Kool-aid fun...

This time I overdyed a skein of Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino. My first attempt was an overdye of turquoise-y blue, a personal favorite but this time it was just a little too much, even for me. Naturally, there are no pictures of that version.
Then I overdyed the turquoise blue with red (fruit punch flavored) Kool-aid. I like it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hey Kool-Aid!

Kool-Aid = Summer Fun! And no, I don't mean drinking it, even though we went through a BUNCH of it when my children were small. I mean dyeing with it. Every time I do this I get the yarn dyeing bug, with promises to myself of carefully recording my "recipe" for the resulting color. 

This time being no different I DIDN'T record any information. Maybe I want to keep it random and fun. At any rate, this yarn started out as an attempt to dye some yarn a nice fleshy color for use in a knitted doll.

Previously, Kool-aid in lemonade flavor with some pink lemonade and a touch of strawberry added for good measure was my go-to combination for a nice fair peach skin tone. Well I found a new flavor Mango something or other and used it instead. The yarn came out too apricot colored so I decided to over-dye it, (naturally I didn't take any "before" photos).

 This yarn is supposed to be a self-striping experiment so I dyed long sections of it in strawberry. Again,no picture. Didn't like this outcome so I decided to over dye yet again. Using 2 packets of Kool-aid grape I over dyed some of the remaining apricot sections of the yarn and just before the dye completely exhausted I put the remainder of the skein in the dye bath, which gave the cool light khaki color to the yarn.

All I have to show for this is the finished yarn. Perhaps the NEXT time I will document the entire process. Yea, we'll see....