As with many of us bloggers, I always have good intentions… seriously good intentions… I plan on blogging once a week, and always to have something new to show, since I knit, spin, weave and dye my own yarn and fibers, there is always something to talk about… after all, I belong to both a knitting group (Needles and Hooks) AND the Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild.
My spring started out a bit bad… had to have foot surgery, and was laid up several weeks recuperating from… Continue
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 17, 2013 at 4:06pm —
No big intro, no excuses, no what ifs, I’ll get right to the point.
I got a pound of Polwarth roving for Christmas, but what with already scheduled things, baby knitting, etc. I hadn’t even touched it until this week.
Tuesday, I spun up the first single in about 2 hours, and fell in love with… Continue
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on March 29, 2012 at 4:28pm —
Aloha All -
I'm not much of an immersion dyer, rather a handpainter, but Elaine's post this past week about immersion dyeing inspired me to try it again. Plus I just got in some new dyes and mordant so off to the stove top I went.
First, I pulled out 4 oz of 64 ct merino wool and split it into 2-2oz pieces. Then took out… Continue
Added by christina | AlohaBlu on March 23, 2012 at 12:24pm —
Well actually I dyed today and
two weeks ago, and
had a great time doing it!
I've been looking forward to experimenting with solar dyeing for quite some time now, and two weeks ago finally got the chance to give it a try. I'd been visiting with two of my great nieces one weekend when inspiration hit me. So when I got home, I took one skein of KP's Bare Superwash… Continue
Added by wendy on June 21, 2011 at 11:57pm —
Ta-da! The La Boheme Cardi is done! Here's the back:
...and the front:
This is my first adult-size sweater using fiber I dyed and spun myself. I Navajo-plied the spun Corriedale and knit the cardi in the round using EZ's percentage system
, with a steek. I adapted a friend's Scandinavian yoke pattern chart, so there would only be two colors per round.
The dark… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2011 at 8:00pm —
Anyone recognize this fiber?
This is brown and black poodle hair, left over from Rocky and Sunny's last grooming appointment. I had Marcia, our groomer, collect it and give it to me. It's only a month's worth of growth, though, so I'm going to mix it with another fiber or fibers to make a ski hat for their… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on November 8, 2010 at 6:22am —
These are the last days of anything like summer around here.
Our Saturday hike brought us to a land of striking shades of yellow. (I have to remember this for my dye pot!) It was a warm day. We had a really nice hike to the Fairy Tree in Toll Canyon, a wonderful hiking spot, not just because of the fall foliage, but also because of the year-round stream, which provides drinking water for the pups.… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on October 3, 2010 at 4:24pm —
A WONDERFUL WOOLY WEEKEND
or should I say, er, I mean sing
'I had the time of my life, and I owe it all to ewe....'
I just had one of the most enjoyable… Continue
Added by wendy on September 24, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Well, Peggy (with the help of a few others like Susan and Christina) really turned the heat up under me with all those lovely rovings being dyed. Then I joined in on the Gallery of Sock Blanks discussion, and that was the end of me!! LOL
I had purchased this little knitting machine several years ago at a garage sale, thinking my children could be crafty with it. At the time too many of them were unable to really handle crochet hook or knitting… Continue
Added by Nutty4Knitting on September 19, 2010 at 10:30am —
Well, I'm dyeing again!
I'm using Koolaid and black food coloring again. Wish the wasps would leave me alone, I must smell yummy!
Back to the job at hand. I had two sleeves of Knit Picks Superwash Merino and nylon roving
. I filled each of four condiment bottles with a… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on September 11, 2010 at 5:43pm —
Added by cherylbwaters on August 22, 2010 at 11:30pm —
I will be over dyeing my golden llama/mohair next week, and I purchased a good used crock pot at a thrift store to use for this purpose. Not knowing what shape the pot was it… if it would actually heat high enough, etc. was a concern, so I decided to do a little experiment to make sure all was OK.…
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 8, 2010 at 2:58pm —
Just a quick blog this week! I'm in Temple, Texas, for the wedding of our daughter. On the way here, I finished my Koolaid socks, made from the KP sock blank I dyed using the sun tea method:
I took the photo while still in the car. I don't have access to wireless internet here, so I can't transfer my photos. (I did this one while in the motel yesterday.) Next week I'll have… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on July 29, 2010 at 8:27am —
Several of us have been participating in the Tour de Fleece. Today is a day of rest, so I can type up my blog and do a few other things. Here's what I've been working on:
The fiber is Corriedale, a breed of sheep. The dark chocolate color and white are both natural. The blue, orange and taupe are dyed by me with Koolaid and a little food coloring, about a year ago.… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on July 21, 2010 at 3:44pm —
Here's my first Koolaid sock!
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to enter the sock blank dyeing contest, so I threw a sock blank into my latest KP order. I had a lot of fun when it came. you can read about it in last week's blog. I like to make socks one at a… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on July 1, 2010 at 2:48pm —
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to enter the sock blank dyeing contest, so I threw a sock blank into my latest KP order.
I decided to use grape and lemon-lime Koolaid and Kroger brand Neon Food Coloring in blue. I didn't want to risk the microwave, because the one we have is pretty high-powered and everything takes less time. I didn't want to fry that yummy yarn! I… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on June 23, 2010 at 8:17am —
As I spun up my first 4 oz. of my golden llama/mohair fleece, I was very surprised at how the light would hit the yarn as it was spinning, and how all of the different shades would shine. Then I thought of the fairy tale … Continue
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 28, 2010 at 3:06pm —
I have been busy knitting all week, and have made a lot of progress, but have no finished knitted items to show for it.
I did however complete a dyeing project yesterday afternoon, and I want to tell you about it. When I did my first dyeing experiment (which I am learning it always will be), one of the ladies at our guild loved the way the locks took the gold color I had dyed. She asked if I would dye about 2 oz. of locks for her to use as hair on the needle felted… Continue
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 1, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Peggy and Barbara have both blogged about their recent (and past) experiments with dyeing. I have read, researched, reread, drilled Peggy about how she did her dyeing.... OK, now it's my turn! This week I found an inexpensive stainless steel pot ( I think I'm going to like this), stocked up on food coloring (a box of 4, plus black), then measured 4 4-oz packages of Polypay wool. This is some of the wool I was given early in the summer, and am just now getting around to playing with it. After my… Continue
Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on October 3, 2009 at 1:44pm —
Well, no water from Lourdes was involved. I do wonder what water from that source would do to the color of the finished project. If you are into dyeing, you know that the content of the water affects the color you get. However, Here's what I did at my spinning class on Monday:
The white yarn shows my (ick!) spindle-spun white yarn before dyeing. The dark brown yarn was pretty much unchanged. The gray is the next one, with more muted… Continue
Added by Peggy Stuart on April 1, 2009 at 8:30am —