Sky Scarf Saturday 4/19/2014

I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a couple updates. I have been completely swamped with work and planning activities for my clubs. I think I caught up on two weeks worth on knitting on Wednesday of this week. But it’s exciting! I’m starting to see a difference in seasons. :D

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It was actually therapeutic to end a week of chaos, running around, talking to people, and getting things done to sit down and knit for 30 minutes .I like to call it ‘creative therapy.’ I need to remember to do it more often.

I made my own yarn! Part Two: Koolaid Dye

A couple of days ago I posted about my drop spindle adventure. After spinning my own yarn, the next step in the process was to dye it. I’ve read about Koolaid yarn dyeing for the past couple of years and I never got the chance to try it out. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Koolaid is a surprisingly great way to add color to wool. It’s safe (although I question what it does to your body if it sticks to wool so easily) and cheap. I was able to dye my hank of yarn multiple colors for under $1.

Here are some great instructions that I used as a guide.

So first I put my hank of yarn in a microwavable dish.
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I prepped my Koolaid. I used five colors. Tropical punch flavor is deceiving because I thought it was going to be blue like the package but it was actually red. I was happy with the result nonetheless.

It actually doesn’t matter how much water you use because what will happen is that the fiber will absorb the dye from the mix and leave behind clear water. It’s kind of magical. Water is just used to help evenly distribute the dye.

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I washed my wool with water and some dish soap to prep it for the dye.

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Then, I poured away. I really had no method to the madness. I used some plastic bags to cover my hands so I wouldn’t get coloring all over them to make sure the yarn was completely soaked through. Yummmm fruity wool soup…

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The amount of Koolaid I used to dye this bit of yarn was probably excessive but it really helped bring out the colors. The main difficultly with using that much color was that it took a longer microwave time to let the wool completely absorb the dye.

I covered the dish with plastic wrap and microwaved it in two minute intervals for a total of eight minutes. Once the excess water comes out clear you know it’s ready. Then I let it cool for about four hours before giving it another rinse in warm water. Apparently shocking the wool with different temperatures will cause it to felt.

I left the dish on the stove and my dad thought it was food. Awkward.

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I washed it with warm water and dish soap again, and finally I could see the result! Koolaid makes the wool smell soooo good. Not like a wet sheep at all.

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Then I took the hank and hung it on a clothes hanger on a tree outside so it could dry since we’ve been having nice weather in Delaware recently.

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It took a long time to dry and I was super impatient to see how the dried yarn would look so I tried to keep occupied by instagramming.

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The morning after I was able to roll the dry yarn into a ball and admire my first dye job! :)

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I really love how it turned out. I’ve already planned on knitting a chunky headband for next winter with this yarn.

I really want to spin and dye my own yarn again soon. This is becoming an addiction.

I made my own yarn! Part One: Spinning

I can now cross spin and dye my own yarn off my knitting bucket list (because yes, I have a knitting bucket list.)

I bought a drop spindle and roving when over the weekend and I could not wait to try out spinning my own yarn.

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And as predicted, I am completely obsessed and addicted.

I followed these tutorials by Megan LaCore on Youtube. I don’t have a long attention span for tutorials and directions so I didn’t watch all of them very carefully, which I should have. I didn’t realize I needed to draft the roving first, but I figured it out before I got too far along in the process.

I made a video on the attempt, which you can watch here:

Here’s the finished un-dyed yarn!

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It came out chunkier than I expected with some sections more worsted weight. I was afraid of breaking the roving when I was drafting, but I think I could have pulled it farther apart to achieve a thinner yarn. Any tips from experienced drop spindle users?

Part two will chronicle my first time dyeing yarn with Koolaid. See you tomorrow!

 

Yarn Shop Review: Kitschy Stitch

It’s spring break!

My roommate and I took a mini vacay in Rehoboth Beach, DE this weekend. Despite the chill and the rain, we still had a pretty fantastic weekend.

While wandering around the cute beach town we drove past a yarn shop called Kitschy Stitch (blog). The woman who worked there was incredibly nice and helpful and I’m pretty sure I’m going to grow up to be like her. We totally bonded over our international yarn shop travels and love of knitting. :)

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IMG_3342 The shop completely fits the small town, small business vibe of Rehoboth, which is everything I love. It has a wonderful selection of yarn. So. Much. Noro. I love Noro.

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I am still working on knitting up all that yarn I bought in Hong Kong this summer so I decided to go for a drop spindle and some un-dyed roving. I’ve never spun my own yarn before and I’m hoping try it out over the rest of my spring break. I’ll be sure to keep my reader updated with the progress. I think I’m going to make a video haha.

IMG_3351Happy spring guys! It’s finally sunny and I hope it stays this way for a while.