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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

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It’s for the Little One’s

Posted in Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I decided to post early this week. I have been so far practicing a lot this week. Well first off check out this beautiful yarn I bought.

Hand dyed yarn purchased from eBay

Hand dyed yarn purchased from eBay

I got it on eBay (I have a link to the seller in my side bar under “Spinning the Web”. I was browsing eBay and fell in love with this hand dyed wool yarn. I won the auction at $6.15 for 250 grams. I don’t know what I will use it for yet, it will be saved for something really special though.

For those of you who don’t know, I crochet hats and booties in memory of my daughter Alana who was born too soon and passed away. That is why I taught myself to crochet, and now to knit. You can visit my website that talks a little more about what I do at Precious Awakening (a pregnancy and infant loss website). I donate them to the hospital where she was born. I decided that my first project with DPN’s should be a hat for this purpose. I picked up a set of DPN’s from Walmart which only cost me $2.36. I used Lion Brand’s Pound of Love in Pastel Green.

Cast on DPNs

Cast on DPNs


I watched a quite a few videos on YouTube before attempting to do it myself. It’s a micro-preemie sized hat (for a baby weighing less than 1 pound), it measures 2.25″ with the brim folded up (3″ unfolded). It turned out okay considering it was my first time but I think I can do better. I found myself knitting very tightly which made making this very hard. It took forever!
Micro-preemie hat

Micro-preemie hat


The pattern I used can be found here and here is the link to it on Ravelry. I’ll be making this hat again, but I think that I will wait until I am a bit of a faster knitter. It literally took me almost an entire day to complete!

Anyway that is enough for now. I will write again later on. Today is my birthday.

Soy escuchando: Emery – Walls