Oh yay! Kool Aid dyeing day.

I’ve wanted to do Kool Aid dyeing for years. Today the girls and I tried it out. Things got tricky right away when I realized that no-one seems to sell the powdered form of Kool Aid anymore. So I improvised and used the liquid concentrate instead. First thing I discovered is that if you want an intense colour you need to use about half a container of the Kool Aid concentrate. Our first few skeins came out pastel – pretty but not what the girls had hoped for. I think I will re-dye them at a later time. Second thing is wear some gloves – I didn’t and now I have stained fingers and smell like fruit punch of some kind.

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Step one – white, 100% wool yarn and either powdered or liquid concentrate Kool Aid.

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Step two – prepare the skein – make sure it’s loosely tied on either end so it doesn’t tangle.

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Step three – gently wash with mild soap.

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Step four – pour dye into a mircowave safe container – use more for intense colour (use about half a liquid container or one full powder packet).

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Step five – add water to cover the skein – I think I have a bit too much water here. Less would be better.

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Step six – microwave for 2 minutes, let rest for about 2 minutes – repeat this a couple times until you see the water becoming clear. I found 3 repeats to be enough.

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Step seven – let sit until the yarn cools to room tempature or so. Rinse in water that is similar to the tempature of the yarn so it won’t felt.

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Step eight – Squeeze out the excess water – gently.

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Step nine – Hang to dry. Wind into balls and knit away.

Fuzz meat?

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Hello guys. Sorry I’ve missed a post or two. I’ve been distracted with my Dad’s hip replacement surgery and a few other personal issues. Nothing big or to be concerned about.

Last week I bought a copy of Vogue Knitting as a treat. And love the article about knitting sculptor, Dominique Kaelhler Schweizer, a.k.a Madame Tricot. She knits these amazing sculptures of meat, cheese, and other foods. They are as disturbing as they are beautiful. As a trained fine artist I felt so inspired by this. In the past I combined some of my fibre skills into my print making. I miss those days of art – sigh.

What non-traditional object d’art would you find most interesting to create?

You can view Madame Tricot’s gallery here.

Learning from mistakes

We’ve all heard it said that we need to learn from our mistakes and that is certainly true with knitting. So far my honeybee pattern has been fraught with errors and lots of tinking and ripping back, but finally I’ve got it where I want it. My plan is to complete the article of clothing even with the errors just to be sure about sizing. Then I’ll knit it again, hopefully without any errors. I’m a bit worried about the clarity of the bees. My hope is that the bees will show up better once the final piece has been blocked.

On another note those are pretty cool stitch markers, eh? Who doesn’t love Scrabble? Okay I don’t love it because my English degree husband always kicks my butt, but they do make for fun markers.

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A rainy day

Today has been a cool, wet day. A rainy day. My daughters and I decided to go for a walk on some trails near our house. I love to bring my camera along when we explore through these trails. It often yields some lovely shots and today didn’t disappoint me. _MG_3119 _MG_3126 _MG_3137This is a cute little library box. I’ve seen these around and I think it’s a great idea. The girls felt nervous about looking at the books, like someone was going to come out and tell us to go away.

This past week I’ve been reading the pattern creation book I got for my birthday and making revisions to my patterns. It’s taking a lot of time to revise the patterns because I want to make sure I’m providing detailed instructions that are easy to read and understand. I also want to get people a little story or insight about each pattern. It’s so freeing and enjoyable working on the two patterns I’m presently sorting out.

I will admit there has been some frustration with the Honey Bee pattern. The main issue has been to make neat, clear holes for the wings. I finally have figured it out and started the actual item it’ll become (that’s a secret, but you’ll know soon enough). I will have to make it twice, once to work the bugs out of the pattern and a second time to double check that pattern works and makes sense. If I have time I’ll ask a fellow knitter to test the pattern.

Stay dry and happy knitting!

 

Happy purchases

The past week or so I haven’t been knitting as would like. I’m working on the swatch for the honeybee pattern and I keep running into a variety of issues, but it’s starting to come together. I can’t wait get creating with it. Speaking of patterns I’ve been very happy with response to a few free patterns I’ve put on Craftsy. I’ve seen over 100 uploads in a few weeks. The test will be when I finally get pattern up that I feel I can charge for.

And now for a little eye candy – a couple of great Knit Picks purchases:

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I purchased several skeins of bare wool and plan to try dyeing with Koolaid. It’ll be a great summer project with my girls. And yes I will be posting photos of the finished work.

Happy Birthday to me!

It was my birthday this week and I got two great knitting books from my hubby and girls. I’ve already started reading the how to write patterns one and have found it quite useful. She mentions things that I should include in my patterns I hadn’t thought of before. Like a short bio and a quick description of the pattern.

The red slipper is what I’ve been working on this week. I’m revisiting Picot Edge Slippers. I changed the method for the picot edge. Originally I crocheted the edge on and didn’t make the points very strong. The new pattern uses a knitted cast on edge where you create the picots as you cast on – it is so cool. The pattern should be available over the next few weeks.

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New look!

I’ve changed my logo and I’m started to re-work my branding. A new look is on the way for good knit, including an update to this blog. I will be creating new pdfs of all my patterns, re-testing many of the patterns and I have two new patterns in development. If you are interested in downloading my patterns you can visit me by clicking on either my Raverly link or Craftsy link in the sidebar or visiting my Free Patterns page on this blog.

Sweet Baby Jayne!

A dear friend of mine asked me to make a baby hat for an expecting couple he knows. His stipulations? Please make the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. So I did a quick search on Raverly and found this free pattern, Sweet Baby Jayne hat pattern. I could have figured out the pattern on my own, but it was nice not to have to. I ended up revising the pattern because I didn’t buy the right weight wool and saw right away the hat would be too small. It took a few hours of knitting and is just so darn cute.

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