Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dyeing Yarn

I have also been dyeing some yarn.

Here is a recent batch.
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This one is teal blue, pink, and yellow-green.  It is not self-striping but it spirals.
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This one was an over convoluted experiment.
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It started out as a long loop that I tied off in about 16 places and dyed each space separately.  It was way more difficult to dye than I expected, even though I like how it turned out, I would never do it again.
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This one had almost no planning and it was my happy accident!
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It's mostly blues, but has pinks, greens, purples, etc in it.  Definitely one of my favorites.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dyeing Punis

I started learning to spin cotton, but the punis that I purchased are white and I love spinning color. So I tried to dye some of the punis with dyes for cotton. I soaked the punis and then painted them with colors.

Here you can see the ones that I painted.
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However, when started to spin it, the dye was only surface level. It didn't soak further into the puni.
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Here you can see it clearer, how the inside is still very much white.
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Here you can see, kind of, how the single is barber poled.
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I am next going to try immersing the punis in color to see if I can dye them through or at least more than surface level. I just need to get some more cotton dyes.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 3

This is the most recent one I did, working the other way where each strip torn off would be worked from dark to light or light to dark. So it is kind of a striping effect of light to dark to light to dark, etc.

I was kind of thinking ice . . . yes, I am tired of this winter! :)
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This is random wools in pink and a few different colors of purple.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 2

It was so much fun, I of course had to make more.

I blended this one to work from blue to purple to pink, or at least to be spun like that.
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This one is also random wools, but in purple, blue, and variegated pinks.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 1

One of my Christmas presents to myself was a blending board!

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The process of my very first batt.
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This one is made up of random wool in blues, greens, and yellow-greens.
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It was so much fun and I love how it turned out!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Knitted Doll Clothes

For Christmas we got my nieces, Eleanor and Vera, 14" baby dolls. I knitted up some doll clothes to go along with their dolls and will be making more in the future for them.

These were their little packages.
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A close-up of the green socks.  I do adore making these!
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The little hats were frustrating, I had to remake them 4 times. The dolls have so much hair that they hats needed to be so much bigger than the heads.
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This is the first sweater I made and I am still working on getting the measurements and structure to the sweaters down.
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This sweater vest was so much easier since it didn't involve sleeves! :)
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This sweater hasn't been sent out yet.  I love the way this turned out.  I have yet to figure out what type of closures to put on it, if any.
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I have definitely enjoyed knitting for the dolls, it is not only a challenge, but a little more immediately gratifying. I will be doing some more in the future. I plan on doing some sewing and crocheting of doll clothes too.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Torren's Hat

This is the handsome Torren in the hat I knit for him.

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I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat before I gave it to him, but here it is in its wip stage.
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