Category Archives: Dyeing

September

Hello, September!  And hello, my friends!  How are you?

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It was a stormy day yesterday, Saturday, and a thunderstorm-y rumbly Saturday night/Sunday morning.  At times the rain came down so hard that I wondered where it would go (yes, the storms woke me up).  I was up very early Saturday morning and caught this fleeting yet beautiful sunrise before it got dark and then rainy.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Yesterday I finished up Ann Estelle’s ensemble, “Tiny Dancer”.  Well, almost, I just need to make her a pair of tights.  Here’s a quick photo I took of her.  I think she loves it judging by her happy expression.  Little girls love pink and lilac—big girls too.  These two colors were my grandmother’s favorites.

Ann’s cardigan was knit from my “Light Cardigan” pattern for Patsy and Ann.  I used Knit Picks Aloft in Pennyroyal.  For embellishment, I added some delicate beadwork to the cardigan.  Ann’s dress was made with the teensiest ballerinas that I’ve ever seen.  It’s part of Lecien’s Minny Muu collection.  Ann wears a beaded crocheted headband and holds a tiny crocheted drawstring bag.

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I told you about the dyeing I did last weekend.  This past week I started knitting a Simple Yet Effective Cowl designed by Tin Can Knits.  I like long cowls and needed two skeins of DK for this one, so am combining the two blue skeins I dyed.  I am alternating between the two skeins every three rows for a sort of stripey look.  I’m not sure if I’ll like it; it looks very masculine to me, but I will finish it; it just may make a nice basic when the cold weather is here.

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Here’s the yarn before I started knitting with it.  It looks so much more colorful.  Something I’ve learned after dyeing a number of skeins is that knitting blends the yarn together so that it looks more muted.  I’ve seen this happen every time.

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These are the other three skeins I dyed last week to make the Jodi Shawl by Joji Locatelli.  I want the border to be considerably brighter than the rest, however, I’m thinking this peach won’t be bright enough.  Maybe it will go back in the dye pot for some pink and warm red speckles or splotches.

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Oh, and I mentioned trying out avocado pit dyeing.  The tank top sat in the pot for a short time and most of the dye washed right out.  I did want it pastel though.  I’m curious as to how it will wash.  I saved the dye to use again; the shade of pink is a favorite of mine.

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Well, that’s all the goings on from around here.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this past week. ❤

 

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A New Friend and Other Stuff

Yesterday someone new arrived at my studio.  Her name is Claudette and she’s a giraffe—that is, a handmade mohair giraffe made by Carolyn at Warm Heart Bears.  I couldn’t resist her sweet face.  I tried, I really did, but couldn’t do it, so I adopted her.  Now she lives here with me… and my other girls and animal friends.

I think I fell for Claudette because she reminded me of a character from a game my daughter and I used to play when she was young, and so, she represented nostalgia for me.  This character was named Gracie and she lived in our Animal Crossing towns that we played on our Nintendo DS.  (Yes, I know I was a bit old for this game, but the graphics and game interactions were so different from anything I had ever seen before.)  Gracie was the fashionista in this game and she happened to be a long and lanky giraffe (like a fashion model).

Amelia Thimble, being the pushy extroverted one around here, often gets to introduce you to the new arrivals, so here she is to welcome Claudette.

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Amelia Thimble has never seen a giraffe and is quite amazed at Claudette’s size.

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Oh, but Claudette is so soft and so nice; Amelia adores her.

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Carolyn sold out of all but one of her babies from her Winter Stars 2018 collection in the teddy bear show over the weekend.  Actually, most were gone within the first hour.  It’s a good thing otherwise, I would have maybe probably picked up another one… or two.  The last remaining cutie is a kitty named Rochelle.  You can see her here.  The little teddy bear to the left of Amelia Thimble is Ivy and she was a gift from Carolyn in September.  If you’d like to seem my post announcing Ivy’s arrival click here.  I’m a fan!  Her work is perfection!

Now that it’s February snow production has finally kicked in.  It snowed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday night, and more is coming tomorrow.  (While writing this post it started snowing a little again!)

Monday we had a beautifully sunny morning and I wanted to capture a little of the beauty.  The snow glistened like glitter and was mesmerizing.

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The snow on these tree branches remind me of snowflake patterns.

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The birds have eaten almost all of the berries of of the burning bush shrubs but a few remained.

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On Sunday, I dyed a skein of fingering weight merino for another cowl and started knitting it first thing on Monday morning.  It’s so much fun seeing how the color changes knit up that I usually can’t wait to get started.

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The Bobble Cowl pattern is by Joji Locatelli and can be purchased on Ravelry.

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I love the pattern but I’m not sure I’ll love the overall color tone of the cowl; the yarn is knitting up yellower than I’d like.  I thought I was using the grayish blue (don’t even see grayish blue!), peachy pink, and golden yellow dye equally while putting the yarn in the dye pot.  Hmm… so much to learn.

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I hope you are having a great week!  Enjoy the rest of it.  Thanks for stopping by. ❤

This Past Week

Another week gone by in a blur…  I was going to say how crazy it is that January is already half over.  I missed my chance—as of tomorrow January is two-thirds over.  Spring is around the corner!

This past week was a calm but busy one.  As the weather warmed up I was able to get outside for a walk.  It’s always uplifting to get some sunshine and breathe in that crisp air.  I believe I sleep better on those days that I am able to get outside.

Even my pup loves sunshine, and of course, soft beds.  I think he is missing his “sissy”.

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I completed my first doll ensemble this week, and it is on its way to a special little girl.

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I have a couple of newer fabrics that have this shade of green in them, so I decided to knit a “Light Cardigan” for the Little Darlings in the longest length with elbow length sleeves.  It is now blocked and waiting patiently for me.

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Yesterday I dyed a skein of merino worsted weight yarn for a cowl I’d like to make.  I made these two color palettes on PicMonkey, but the end result doesn’t really look anything like the palettes I made.  Hmm, an unnecessary step?

I started with 5 basic colors: yellow, warm red, cool red, warm blue, cool blue.  I mixed up a concentrated bit of each, then used those to mix four colors to be used on the yarn.

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This is the first time I “cooked” my yarn in a pot and used citric acid instead of vinegar as a mordant.

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The dye “stuck” to the yarn immediately.  I thought it would get diluted and bleed into the other colors.  That didn’t happen.  I guess because of all the citric acid.  I find many different “suggestions” for the amount to be used.

This is how the yarn looked after I finished applying the dye.  I used the smaller cups and slowly put it on the yarn.

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When I lifted my skein out of the pot I discovered the underside had lots of white.  I actually like it better this way, so yay!  You can see how clear the dye bath is; all of the dye is on the yarn.  When I washed the skein I had no bleeding whatsoever.

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The end result was a surprise.  I was going for a much more muted and pastel version of these colors—not so violet-y looking  Oh well…  I have a LOT to learn about dyeing yarn.  Nevertheless, it was fun and perhaps addicting.  I am anxious to start knitting with this skein.  I hope it doesn’t knit up looking like a mess.

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This yarn is Preciosa from Knit Picks—a 100% merino single ply.  I’ve discovered that merino wool is not scratchy on my skin—even on my neck.  I’ve believed for many, many years that I could not wear any animal fiber whatsoever.  I see many cowls, socks, scarves, and shawls in my future.  And perhaps, when I am really confident, a sweater.

Also, from this week.  Wendy, who makes porcelain dolls and repaints others, has kindly shared photos of her work with me and you, too.  Wendy has resized some of my knitting patterns to fit her specific dolls.  She is one multi-talented lady.  She also does other crafts.  If you’d like to follow her Facebook page it is called Wendy’s Doll Collection.  Here are her photos.  The first and last are from Dianna Effner molds.  The middle doll is a German antique reproductions which she repainted and dressed.

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From start to finish… beautiful!  Don’t you agree?

Well, I think that’s about it for me today.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by, my friends.