WIPs, a New Love, and the End of Summer

Saturday! Don’t you just love the first few moments of the weekend? For some, it starts at the end of the work day on a Friday. For someone who works from home, or doesn’t work, well, the weekend starts on Saturday… so for me Saturday mornings are the best! Birds chirping (I swear, it only happens on the weekend), coffee brewing, and of course, knitting! (Or at least surfing Pinterest for more knitting patterns!)

Although I’m in the southern hemisphere, my heart and my mind are still in the northern hemisphere….  It’s Winter here, as you know, but up there in the States, Fall is coming!!! And even though there’s still at least a month left, for me the end of Summer comes at the end of August. I think it’s because when I was young, starting the new school year meant the colors of the changing seasons, fall festivals, and Halloween.  It’s one of the best times of the year! The weather is cooling down, and everyone’s getting geared up for the holidays! By the way, there are only 17 Fridays until Christmas! That means more knitting, more crocheting, and more crafts in general.

I’m very eager to finish up my WIPs so I can start on some more projects for everyone. My Ravelry queue is so long now, which makes it harder to choose what my next project will be!

I brought out my coral diamond scarf (some of you will remember from my previous post on WIPs), and continued on that. As it’s a gift for my future mother-in-law, I have to finish it up soon! I absolutely love the sassy color! It’s a 12 row repeat, and now that I’m about 70% finished, I’ve finally gotten used to the stitches!

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As for the vacation knit, I’m knitting it up much faster. But with all of the distractions of packing and renovations, it’s still moving slowly! But… once we get to Florida, that puppy should be done!

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Now, since I’m ever the embodiment of distraction, I’ve decided I wanted to expand on my love of fiber.  Inspired by all of the beautiful yarns I drool over online, I decided it was high time that I take matters in my own hand and try to dye up my own yarns.  OMG, I did not know what I was in for! I didn’t know how much I would enjoy the process, how much I would love to see the colors form, and how satisfying it would be to see my final product! This is it! Apart from knitting and crochet, I know this will now take up the majority of my time!

I used three different kinds of undyed yarn:

  • 100% Virgin Cotton
  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 20% Wool, 80% Acrylic

And soaked them for about 20 – 30 minutes in water with a little soap. Below is the cotton skein.

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And different kinds of dye respectively:

  • Guarany Tingecor (from my LYS)
  • Jacquard Acid Dyes (ordered online, Amazon)
  • Wool Craft Dyes (from my LYS)

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For the cotton and wool blend skeins, I tried to go for an ombre effect by dipping the whole skein in the dye bath and pulling it out consistently, and always leaving one end in the bath.

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For the merino wool, I tried an ombre effect but separating out the whole skein and leaving them each in separate jars of dye bath in varying colors of green.

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Once it cooled down, I tried to untie each small ball, and wind it back into a skein… Didn’t turn out so good, and had to cut the yarn and make two separate skeins 😦  I’ve definitely learned my lesson, and will have to try to figure out a different way to dye it the way I was intending to.  Any pointers?

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The process itself is easy, but getting the exact results you want is a bit more tricky. I LOVE that! Every skein will come out differently, every skein will have a personality of its own!

  • 100% Virgin Cotton

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  • 100% Merino Wool

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  • 100% Merino Wool

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  • 20% Wool, 80% Acrylic

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The anticipation of getting to twist up that skein is almost as unbearable as wanting to knit with it! I’m officially hooked on hand-dyeing yarn!

Next up, I’m going to try hand-painting this huge skein of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, by laying out the skein and applying each color individually.

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Now that Summer is dying down, are you looking forward to all of the holiday knitting/crocheting? Have you tried dyeing your own yarns? What are your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!

xo

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