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Is it possible? I learned something new.. again??

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Life, Other Crafts, Spinning with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Photos are all at the bottom in the gallery.

Yes it is! I can’t believe I picked up something new..a new obsession… I need more space because soon I’m going to have a new kind of stash… in addition to the yarn and the fabric lol! I have thought about doing it for months and finally, I did it. I bought my first spindle and roving. It’s pretty awesome. I got a nice little top-whorl with 4 ounces of beautiful wool fiber. Hubby doesn’t get it, and DD wants to naw on it lol I started off just using it to put twist back into that reclaimed yarn that I wrote about two or three posts back (in the photo of the mini skeins- the first one has the loosest twist, the second is better, and the last is perfect.. that one has so many tails because that was my ball of tied together scraps). It turned out pretty good. I figured out as I went along how much twist I needed and you can see the progress in my mini skeins 🙂

Today-er.. yesterday, I finally split, drafted and even if it is almost the thickness of thread lol! There are a few parts where it is thinner than I wanted and a few bumps here and there but I like it, it’s kool. I can’t wait to ply it. I think it will turn out nicer. Monday I plan to order a bottom whorl and another top-whorl spindle from Bohemia Fibers. Check out her shop, she has a lot of scrumptious items and she is just  lovely person. I also plan on getting some yummy fiber from Sheep Shed Studio.. actually the roving I have is from there. I can’t wait until Monday!!!

Oh yea! My kool-aid dyed yarn that I wrote about in my last post finally dried. It turned out beautifully. Isn’t it the most fantastic shade of red? Awesome.

Soy Escuchando: The Devil Wears Prada / What’s your name again?

Finally a decent one!

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Ugh, there’s nothing I would rather be doing (aside from being with my loves) that I would rather do than knit and crochet (and now spin!!). School is driving me crazy, last week I had five papers to write and two math tests. It was insane, I barely had any family or me time.

While I read my text books I worked on another baby hoodie. A few posts back I wrote about a baby sweater I made that turned out disastrous. Well it turned out way better time, I’m so happy I concured that pattern! I added three of the cutest little Ladybug fabric buttons to it. It’s adorable, a total shame it doesn’t fit my daughter. I am planning to sell this one once I open my Etsy shop. Once again, the pattern is free and available at Lion brand.

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

I recently bought some natural wool to dye myself. I bought it from Etsy seller Mamajudes. She has a lot of beautiful hand dyed yarns, I am also lucky enough to own one of her hand dyed yarn. I wanted to dye the hank I purchased and since I have never done it before I decided to try the Kool-Aid dye method. It was fun to do, I found some good instructions from Wool Festival.com. I used the stove top method.  I used three packets of Black Cherry first but I got a gradient that went from red to a lighter shade of red so I redyed it and it turned out so much better. I found it interesting that when you leave the yarn in the pot it sucks all the color up and you are left with just clear water!

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

Right now the hank is drying over my heater, so I will post a picture once it’s completely dry.

My daughter is turning one next week, I am so happy! I feel accomplished, it’s hard to raise a child and this is only the first year. She is such a joy and growing like a sprout. She has six teeth already, six! She has grown so much it’s just amazing. I can’t believe how fast it’s all going by.

Soy Escuchando:  The Dead 60’s / Just another love song