Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dyeing Experiments

So, I tried a dyeing experiments a month or so ago:

It all started when we went out to Ohio, I picked up this package at a 2nd hand store. I got it mostly because I'd never seen thick-n-thin yarn quite like this, plus I thought the patterns might look cute in different yarns.
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So I wound the yarn into skeins.
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Then I had some yarn that I wanted to dye so I would actually use is, so I decided I would dye them together in Yellow, Red, Blue, and Purple.
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Here is the pink over-dyed. I forget to take a picture of the other ones by themselves.
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Here are the comparisons, both types of yarn were dyed in the sames colors. The thick-n-thin is 100% cotton and on the right side. The thicker, previous tan like color, is Debbie Bliss Stella (60% Silk, 20% Rayon, and 20% Cotton)and is on the left side.

Yellow - you can see the Debbie Bliss turned a light Olive green color, while the cotton is a bright yellow.
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Blue - the Debbie Bliss is a lovely light blue, while the cotton is a vibrant blue
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Purple - the Debbie Bliss came out more of a Rose Purple and the cotton is a very deep pink/purple
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  Red - the Debbie Bliss is a soft pink, while the cotton is a bright pink/red
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All together
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I have started crafting with the over-dyed Debbie Bliss and will share that with you in a couple of days.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Justice's Pink Cardigan

This was a test-knit, I only chose to do it because I could knit one for my niece, Justice.

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I think it fits her decently.
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This was the first time doing a bottom up sweater like this.
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The band was decent so I didn't reinforce anything.  Buttonholes ended up smaller than pattern says so had to buy different buttons than I originally purchased for it.
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I really like the way the shoulders were done in this.  I want to try this method in the future.
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The lace was easy, but pretty.
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In the test knit the back top is left unfinished like this, but in the completed pattern there is supposed to be an option for finishing it in garter like the rest of the edges.
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Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
Color: Watermelon
Content: 100% Acrylic
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needles: US 6 / 4mm
Pattern: Helga
Size: 36"
Mods: None

Overall:  The sweater was nice and quick to knit.  I will probably knit another one of these in the future, maybe for my sister Echo, Justice's Mom, since she keeps stealing it from Justice.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Linky Inspirations

Crafty Inspirations:

Home-made Lip Balm

Paleo Inspirations:


Chipotle Caramelized Onion Mushroom Burgers - - drooling . . .

Creamy Avocado Pesto

Marinated Mediterranean Chicken

Gluten-Free Inspirations:

Vanilla Bean Custard

Honey and Cream Taffy

Recipe Inspirations:

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - - you know this sounds sinfully delicious!

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars - - Lemon and Raspberry together are one of my weaknesses!

Many flavors of homemade Whipped Cream - - holy yummy!

Lasagna Rolls - even though this isn't Paleo, by using thin length-wise slices of zucchini instead of noodles, this could totally be!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Post Tour De Fleece

I did successfully spin most of the Tour De Fleece and I am still massively in love with my Turkish Spindle, to the point that I am looking into potentially purchasing a couple more as I prefer them.

Any who, when I purchased the spindle I also purchased some maroon, orange, and yellow fiber. I chose to take chunks of each color and make a striping yarn. I spun thin singles, as normal, and Navajo Plied it and then Navajo Plied it again, so the resulting yarn is a 9ply sport/dk weight.

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It's a small skein and I am almost done with a second one.  I really love how it turned out!  I'll show the second skein when I am done, then who knows what I'll do with the rest of it!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crocus Socks

So let us do a little catching up . . .

Do you remember this yarn I dyed from a picture???

Well, I finished the socks from this yarn a bit ago and wanted to share them with you:

I love how they turned out!
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Yarn: Dyed Knit Picks Bare
Color : Crocus Inspired
Content : Wool and Nylon
Care : Machine Wash and Lay flat
Needles : US 1 / 2.25mm
Pattern : Toe up, broken ribbed pattern of 2x2, gusset, heel flap, and leg with pattern all around.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Linky Inspirations

Crafting Inspirations:

This Crochet Entralac Afghan is something I have started making a version of and used this page for Tunisian Crochet demo. I will post about it soon.

Paleo Inspirations:

Paleo Skittles - - Love this idea and would like to try to make some of these.

Paleo Coconut Chili Lime Shrimp - - sounds yummy!

Peachy Pork-a-bobs

Gluten-Free Inspirations:

GF Chicken Parmesan Burgers - - Love the idea of making burgers out of these flavors!

Recipe Inspirations:

Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kebabs - - would easily be made Paleo.

Dijon Crusted Pork Chops

Crab Corn Cakes with Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream