One of the crafts that I have been concentrating on is knitting. While others are brushing up their sewing skills and learning how to sew masks I have been knitting little swatches. Fortunately these swatches are usually at least 4 inches long and a couple of inches wide, this is the perfect size to add buttons and create an ear saver for your masks.
I also purchased the YarnIt from Make Something Prym. I have been attempting to find a yarn bowl, box, or something where I can put a realtively large ball of yarn, not have it flying everywhere gathering up cat hair and dust (I don’t vacuum as much as I should), and still be able to easily access more yarn when needed. This device accomplishes all of that while having an option to quickly remove the yarn from the device without ripping out an entire pattern and storage in the bottom. There is even a carrying strap. I admit I was skeptical at first, however after using it for some time I really enjoy this device.
I am knitting up a worsted weight sock from the cuff down with a slipped stitch heel using the pattern known as Accogliente Socks by Stacey Winklepleck from KnitPicks website. I had a bit of misunderstanding with the phrase: set up row. Now my slipped stitches are on the outside of the sock instead of the inside, I’m calling it a design feature. It is my plan to use koolaid to dye these socks in a video once I have them both knit up.
Until then I hope that you have an amazing week. If you are an introvert, please check on your extroverts. Remember to live life A Little More Abstract!
I still don’t have any sugar free kool aid, so the sprinkling has not been tested. Darn life getting in the way! Unfortunately the blue wool wound up getting some rust since the pan completely dried out and began to rust a bit. That’s what I get for buying cheap pans, but it is a good lesson for the classes I’m teaching. Take your wool out to let it drip dry. So I had to throw out the blue wool (I might have been able to scour it but didn’t really want to mess with it). Before I did that though, I did try and rinse out the Kool-Aid, and it did not move an inch. The dye seems to have stuck to the wool despite the lack of heat. This makes sense since there are individuals that Ice Dye with Kool-Aid and then do not seem to add heat. I’m very pleased, and I will have to try this again when I have a free weekend and can do all of the steps in a day or two instead of a few days later.
Result: You can dye with kool-aid and no heat. It does remain in the wool, however you want to take it out of your pan to dry, and rinse within a day or two.
As you can probably tell, two pouches of the strawberry-kiwi kool-aid did not do much for an 8″ round pan of soaked wool. It only saturated a few places on the wool, I expected it to go much further. I plan on seeing if this much color will adhere to the fiber without heat before either using more Kool-Aid or rinsing out the other pan of wool. It does not show as clearly in this picture as it does in person, but this is actually a very pale green color. While it shows up as a striking contrast in this picture it barely shows in person.
The blue raspberry kool-aid on the other hand shows up as an amazingly vibrant blue, in the few places that the two pouches covered. This is an example of trying to keep what color I did manage. I am more willing to lose the little bit of green than I am this pretty blue shade.
It has been a couple of days and I am still chickening out on rinsing these out, tomorrow I will have to bite the bullet and see if the green has remained. Wish me luck, I’ll post an update then.
First, I am very excited that I was selected to be one of the testers for the Akerworks Schacht & Wooleewinder Bulky Bobbin’s . I love my Ladybug, and I really love my Woolee Winder, but the Akerworks 3-d printed bobbins are so darn cute too! I am very excited to test this bobbin out and see how it works, updates pending!
Next, I am working on seeing how well Kool-Aid dyes wool without heat. I have some liquid that I am going to put on wet wool and set overnight to see if it sets. I also hope to freeze some and let the cubes thaw on the wool to see how that works. My final experiment is to use some powdered sugar free Kool-Aid on wet wool and let that set for a few hours to see how well that works. It really should be interesting and I’ll put up a Kool-Aid results post next week probably.
This morning I created some beautiful rolags from the Unicorn Wool Top, that I forgot to get a picture of, from part of my March Box from Paradise Fibers. In my spinning I tend toward the short forward draw, but since I had just an ounce of this fiber, and I really wanted to preserve it’s beauty, I decided to practice my long draw. Now I remember why it’s so much fun! The picture is from the Paradise Fibers Website, whose link is above.
Also, an update on the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival: I have my plane tickets and entry tickets for the festival itself. I also ordered, and received, the book from the festival that contains details about vendors, what is going on each day, and so much more! The picture to the right is my copy, the black thing sticking out of the top is my book mark. The cover is just beautiful! From the book so far I have discovered Taproot Magazine, I have the first issue on order to see what it is about. I have joined the Ravelry group dedicated to the festival, from there I have discovered the Buffalo Wool Company and their wonderful promotion to support the Linus foundation.
I had an absolute blast dying some Merino that I picked up earlier this year. I am trying to gear up for Spinzilla this October, in preparation I decided I wanted to spin my own Colorways. To spin my own colors then I need to generate them, starting with dying the fiber. To dye these fibers I soaked the batches of fiber in water for at least 5 minutes, usually longer. Once they were saturated I wrung them out. While they were soaking I mixed up some kool-aid in the color I was looking for. In the case of Yellow I added in some food coloring left over from Easter. I will admit that I added in a glug or two of white vinegar to each of the baths in an effort to maximize the dye absorption.
It was so much fun to set up a few batches on my bathroom sink then go to work or to bed and come back to find the fiber a beautiful color and the water clear or almost clear. Every single time it looked a bit like a miracle.
I had no problems with felting so I plan to spin up the multi-hued batt I created straight from the combed top. The rest of the hues will be blended with different fibers, some silk, some other materials, to create rolags or mini batts to be spun up for Spinzilla!
By my calculations I have about a month to get this fiber carded and prepped for spinning!
These are the results of my Kool-Aid experiment. They were created from the wool I had received with my Schacht Wheel (I’m not really sure what it is). A very pretty wool that did not felt on me when I tried this! I put 3 Kool-Aid lemonaid packets into a plastic shoe box with about 2-4 oz of wool (I do not have a kitchen scale so it is all estimated). I then poured enough water to cover the wool and added about 10 drops of food coloring. The resulting fiber was the fire orange color. After letting it set for about 30 minutes I took it out and began to rinse the fiber. A lot of the dye started to come out of the fiber as I was rinsing. Since I feared losing the beautiful color I decided to use some vinegar to soak the fiber and retain the color, after a 15 minute soak and a thorough rinsing the color remained and the fiber didn’t even have a vinegar stink.
There was a lot of dye left in the water so I decided to throw more fiber into it, again somewhere between 2-4 oz of wool, and another packet of lemonaid kool-aid to help things set. It soaked for about 30 minutes and when rinsed created the beautiful yellow that can be found in both skeins.
I think that kool-aid (helped along with some food coloring if needed) is a great introductory method to dying. I look forward to more experiments in the future, but some fiber is calling my name to be spun!