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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Question about dyeing yarn on: August 22, 2010 12:50:17 PM
I have spent too much time this weekend wondering how people like Madelinetosh and The Plucky Knitter get their yarn to look the way it does... I've had some experience dyeing yarn/wool, but these two dyers are just really unique to me. First I thought they kettle dye with at least two very similar colors (like green and green with a touch of brown), but then some of the yarns look like they just sparkle (if that makes sense... it's all 100% natural fibers, no actual sparkling).

For examples take a look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chavala/3369591732/ part of me wants to think it's dyed with 2 similar colors, hung up to dry, then brushed on with some other colors.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheepishone/3672857131/ This is more solid, but it's so not solid, if you see what I mean.

What do you all think?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Needle Bracelets - tutorial! on: January 15, 2008 11:26:43 AM
I hope this project is okay in the Knitting board! I didn't know where else to put it that would direct it to the right people (knitters!!)




Basically, I first tried boiling them for like 20 minutes, but that didn't melt the plastic enough. Then I got the bright idea to use my old toaster oven (one that we no longer use for food). I took the needles (Red Heart Kids needles sold in packs of 3), set the on foil (shiny side out), and baked them at about 350 degrees until "floppy" -- about a minute-2 minutes. I took them out with tongs, grabbing the black topper. I used oven mitts and shaped them around a beer bottle. I used a beer bottle because it has a smaller circumference than a drinking glass, a beer bottle is about 7.5", whereas a regular glass is about 8". I held them around the bottle for about 15 seconds, trying to pinch the ends shut. I then put them on my wrist and shaped them some more. It took me a few tries to get a non-wonky shape. I did end up melting one completely because I left it in the oven for 5 minutes. Ooops.

If you try this, please be careful and use items that you wouldn't use for food. My toaster oven is an old one, so we no longer use it for food. Also do this in a WELL ventilated area, because you don't want to breathe in plastic fumes.
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