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1  Lace and Jaywalker socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by yahaira on: November 15, 2005 06:12:43 AM
I finished these socks a couple of weeks ago.  This first pair is my own pattern.



I used 3mm circs and some swtc optimum dk dyed by my friend for me. The yarn is really soft and smooth.  The socks were knit toe up via magic loop. more info in my blog

This next sock is the Jaywalker from magknits.  I was in a swap where I only had to knit one sock for my partner (and she gets to knit the second one) so that's why there's only one in the pic Smiley



knit with knitterly things vesper sock yarn in aquamelon on 2.5mm circs via magic loop.  This is a really fun pattern and the bias makes for a nice, snug sock. 
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2  Bulky Mini Cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by yahaira on: November 15, 2005 06:05:34 AM
This one has been done for a while, but I haven't had a chance to post it here.
It's from glampyre's pattern and I used hpy bulky 6ply merino in emerald



The mods I made:  changed the gauge, got rid of some of the ease, and made the sleeves a little shorter and flare.  This is a super quick sweater and it's really soft and warm.
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3  Re: Knit and Tonic-along? in Knitalongs by yahaira on: October 12, 2005 05:01:43 PM
fini


hate it
more on my blog
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4  Re: Knit and Tonic-along? in Knitalongs by yahaira on: October 01, 2005 09:03:35 PM
I finished the body and will start the sleeves soon.  I added about 3 inches to the body becasue I didnt like the way it hit me at the suggested length.  Also mine has less ease, because of my previous snafu, which I like better.

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5  Re: River knitalong (Rowan 38) in Knitalongs by yahaira on: September 20, 2005 06:10:48 AM
I finished mine up yesterday.  Im finally blocking it this morning! 


I  used 1.5 skeins of Rowan KSH in Candy Girl on US 10.5 needles.
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6  Re: Any Knit 1 knitalongs? in Knitalongs by yahaira on: August 25, 2005 01:35:42 PM

I finally finished the rainbow bias tank from the spring/summer issue. phew!
More info on my blog
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7  Re: what projects are the bane of your existence? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by yahaira on: July 19, 2005 10:53:25 AM
I think mine would have to be the bias tank from the spring/summer knit.1.  There are so many pieces and I almost got it done.  Somehow though the back is a totally different size than the front, so I have to knit that piece all over again.  I just don't have the heart to finish it.  I think I started this in April!

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8  Re: Non-wool yarn dyeing now with mini tutorial in Dyeing: Completed Projects by yahaira on: July 09, 2005 03:13:52 PM
Thanks guys, Ive been doing some more dyeing this week.



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9  24 scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by yahaira on: July 08, 2005 12:38:13 PM
Ive been trying to work through my stash and I always like to knit a few scarves for the fall season.  I also wanted to knit something while I watch all of 24 with my bf, so I bring to you the 24 scarf:



It's Colinette Point 5 and a 3 stranded mohair yarn I had in my stash knit on 17s. 

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10  Non-wool yarn dyeing now with mini tutorial in Dyeing: Completed Projects by yahaira on: June 15, 2005 11:04:35 AM

I had some white bamboo yarn (the stuff in the background) that I wanted to dye.  Since cellullose yarns don't take to kool-aid I had to figure out a new way to dye.  I'll be posting a little tutorial later on my blog, but basically I used pmx powder dyes for this.

Tutorial (I posted it with pics on my blog)
I headed straight out to AC Moore and walked to their fabric paints section. Under all the tie-dye kits and puffy fabric paints they had Procion MX Dye in a bunch of different colors. This stuff was right next to the RIT, but I don't suggest you use that stuff since it's a lot more toxic and staining (it requires a lot more bleach to get it off). This powder looked good to me, so I bought one in deep purple and one in fire engine red (they were unfortunately out of fuschia). I wondered if I should buy black, but figured that for now this was ok. I also picked up two squeeze bottles, two mini bottles, and soda ash (sodium carbonate) which acts as our color fixer. Now we get to the actual tutorial, so I hope I haven't bored you. I'll give the numbers I used, but after I started all of this I found this tutorial. (I still have no clue why that page never came up before) Depending on how much you are dyeing that one may help you.

You will need:
Procion MX Dye, the color of your choice (I have 050 and 030)
Some sort of bucket (if you are doing a lot of yarn) or tray (get a cat litter tray, I did, they are cheap and deep enough)
Soda ash
Salt
Squeeze bottles (needs to be at least 2 cups big)
Gloves
Turkey Baster (not dire)
Yarn! (cotton, bamboo, silk, etc, just not wool!)

1. Get your yarn into a hank, maybe around a chair or niddy noddy or a person, who knows. Tie evenly in a few places (I did 4 ties) Let your yarn soak for a while. I soaked mine in some soymilk for 20 minutes, but you could just use water.


2. Now, my recipe is for 1 oz of yarn. Weigh your yarn if you can (or look at your ball band) to figure out how you change this. Though really it will work a lot more yarn, since I had a lot left over. Put 1/4 tsp of dye into your squeeze bottle and add a bit of warm water (a little at a time) and stir into a paste. I used a chopstick for this.

3. Add 2 cups of hot (hot! from the tap) water into your bottle (with the paste) and stir.

4. Add 2 tbsp of salt into your dye mixture and stir to dissolve (this is what helps your yarn soak up the dye, add more salt for a deep color like black)


5. Using gloves, pour dye liquid on yarn, making sure apply it evenly and under your little ties. This is the fun part, cause you get to make up where the colors go if you are doing more than one, or you control how deep or light they are. Before I dyed the yarn though, I placed a cookie tray/rack/cooler thing under my hank so that the color wouldn't pool and muddle since I was using more than one color)


To play with the colors, I made one "strip" full strength purple, but then watered down with some water I poured on it with a turkey baster, another with both bottles of red and purple to make a mix, and then a super strength deep purple (where I added less water to the mix), and a light pinkey red (where I added less red powder to the mix and poured water on it with the turkey baster.

6. Let the yarn sit for 10 minutes, but make sure that the dye is even throughout. I squished mine and spread the yarn a bit every few minutes to make sure of this. After ten minutes you want to pour on the soda ash to set in your color. You need to dissolve 2 tbsp of the soda in 2 cups of warm water (remember to stir). I used my trusty turkey baster for this part as well. Wearing my gloves, I made sure that I poured the ash mix evenly onto the yarn.

7. Depending on your color(s), you may want to pour some more dye on the yarn if you feel the ash mix took some off, but this isn't a must.

8. Let your yarn sit for 20-30 minutes for light to medium colors and 60 minutes for deeper colors. I had to compromise with the times since mine was a mix. I let mine sit for 45 minutes, which kept my deep colors deep while the lighter ones went a little darker.

9. Wash your yarn until the water runs clear, I used a mild shampoo for this part.

10. Let dry. Now there seems to be some differing views on how to do this (as in sun or no sun). I let mine hang for a few hours in indirect sun, but then brought it back in partly because of the sun and partly because it's so damn humid outside. My colors didn't fade, so I think this is ok.

11. After your yarn is fully dry, wind it back into a skein and love it!

Notes:
If you are going to dye more than one skein, I would do the mixing of the dyes and water in a bucket and drop all your yarn in so you can get the same color lot. Though you can still do it this way just as easily (just make sure to mix up enough dye)You can pre-mix color combos, by mixing enough powder from each color into one bottle (it will still be a total of 1/4 tsp for 1 oz of yarn)Keep the amount of salt and soda the same, no matter if you reduce the amount of dye powderFeel free to ask me any questions, I'm sure I didn't cover something on here.This doesn't work for any animal fibers, except for silk.

pic of my yarn drying:
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