Category Archives: dye-along

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Project ideas?

I recently finished spinning a bunch of the roving that I had dyed with Greener Shades dyes back in February.  I was trying to work my way through a bin of older fiber before I allowed myself to play with my new goodies - thinking about it, it's kind of weird that I create so many rules for myself while working on tasks that are supposed to be purely recreational.   Anyway, I ended up pulling out several braids of dyed Merino that seemed the most fun, then spun them each into a lofty 2-ply bulky weight yarn.  I had split each braid in half and then predrafted the fiber without splitting it further, resulting in long color repeats for each single ply.  When I plied them together, I got a nice barberpole effect that should work up as subtly shifting stripes.

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Sock yarn – not just for socks anymore

Well, i really couldn't wait for silly hubbster to make up his mind about the trout yarn. So I got him some Hawaiian shirts on sale and cast on something for myself! So there! I was thinking socks at first, but with summer on its way I wanted something I could get a little more use out of. Since summer clothes are generally pretty light, but the AC in this building is, well, temperamental, I decided I'd make a shrug instead!

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gift knitting spree

This fall and winter, almost every project I cast on was one I intended to give away. That makes for thoughtful gifts and happy recipients, but not much blog fodder until the gifts have been given! Here's a quick recap of my gifty F.O.'s from the last few months:

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It’s all riding on the shoulders

One of the more confusing parts of sleeves-inward shrugs is the shoulders. The obvious choice is to eliminate shaping, having the sleeves perpendicular to the body. I don't find that that shape fits me well, so despite the fact that this is lace, I decided to do short rows.

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Rocket Pop Sock Progress

I knit socks slow, and my current sock project, which I blogged about last May, is the slowest one I've done yet! I mean, I did take time off the knit a couple of sweaters, and finish another pair of socks, and finish my Tiger, and ribbing takes me such a long time (thrower here!), and so much of this project is in plain old white yarn in 2 by 2 rib, and, and....

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Overdyeing socks

I finally finished the socks I've been knitting from the sock blanks I dyed with Kool-Aid. My husband and I are adopting 3 teenaged siblings from Russia, and one likes pink, and two like red. I had dyed 3 sock blanks: pink for Liza (watermelon cherry), red for Dasha (cherry), and dark red for Max (black cherry). Three sock blanks. Three kids. No problem, right? And here are the finished socks!  

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Dyeing Supplies Shopping List

When we sent out last week's e-mail, I mentioned that summer is a great time to take advantage of all the canning supplies that are available everywhere from Safeway to Target. Here is a list of what I keep on my dyeing shelves. Hot Water Canner - This looks like a huge soup pot.Jar Rack - Designed to hold the jars while the water is boiling. I use it the traditional way if I am dyeing small amounts of fiber or yarn actually in jars of dye solution. If I am steaming, then I turn the rack upside down and place the plastic wrapped fiber or yarn on it above a couple of inches of simmering water. Wide Mouth Quart Sized Canning Jars - Wide mouth is really the only way to go. Easy to measure in dye stuff, easy to put in and take out the fiber or yarn and easy to stir around or poke as needed.Wide Mouth Rings and Caps - I store solution in wide mouth jars so I need the rings and caps to put on the top.Canning Jar Lifter - This is an item you might think you can ignore figuring you can use plain hot mitts. Don't! It is so much easier and safer to use this tool.

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Dye Blank Contest Winners

Wow!  A lot of you sent us pictures of your custom dyed sock blanks, and we were really impressed with the results!  In case you're curious and want to see all of the stunning dye blanks, I've made a slide show so everyone can see the contest entries, and it is posted in the Dye-Along group here.

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Dyealong Wrap Up

Thanks to everybody for following along with (and participating in) our sock blank dyealong!  We'll be posting our finished projects over the next several weeks, and you'll be able to see how our sock blank dye jobs translate to actual stitches.  Just a reminder, you can still enter to win a $50 gift card by emailing a photo of your own dyed sock blank - here are the details. I'm a big fan of the Jacquard acid dyes, and I use them all the time at home.  Instead of dyeing sock blanks or Bare yarn, though, I usually tend to dye a lot of roving and loose fiber for spinning my own yarn.  For one of my first attempts, I tried dyeing the roving by handpainting it with foam brushes, wrapping it in plastic wrap, then steaming on the stovetop.  I chose a basic rainbow color palette (since I was just starting the whole dyeing thing) and this is what I got: (That's my cat Eddie, mashing up my nice fluffy roving.) I spun the roving in color order, and once I had two bobbins full I plyed them together in roughly the same order so that the colors would blend and kind of "smash" into each other.  I knit the yarn up into a basic linen-stitch scarf, and this is what I got:

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