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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dying pantyhose on: May 08, 2007 10:36:33 PM
I was reading the dying monofilament thread on the other board and someone mentioned dying pantyhose. Now, I could actually use some green pantyhose for a costume I'm putting together, and I was wondering if anyone has tried this?
I don't have a small pot dedicated to dying, and using the big one seems kind of wasteful, so I was thinking of doing them in a mason jar in the microwave. The problem is, I don't have a microwave, so I would have to get everything ready first and pop over to a friend's house, so the more of an idea I have of what I'm doing, the better.
My current plan:
Put pantyhose in a large-ish mason jar, add acid dye and water, zap.
I've never dyed in a microwave before... is there any chance of the pantyhose, you know, melting/burning/dissolving/all those fun things?
Also, I've heard for wool, it's best to dye with repeated short intervals - would this be the same, or could I just do it for say, 5 minutes?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: circular cord and length and the chunky cabled beanie. on: March 03, 2007 11:20:49 PM
Actually, I've made several hats on a 24" needle, without Magic Loop. Most hats come pretty close to 24", anyways, and I find that the extra little stretch isn't a big deal, you just have to make sure to cast on over two needles. The hardest part is the first row knit into the cast on edge - after that, it's not bad at all.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: would cashmere pill? on: February 06, 2007 05:09:54 PM
Yup - the general rule of thumb is the softer the yarn, the more likely that it will pill. Most soft yarns have a short staple length, meaning that individual fibres can work their way out and form pills. There are exceptions, of course (can't think of any right now, typical), but that's the science behind it.
Personally, I'd save the cashmere for a scarf, anyways. IMO, Unless he has a shaved head, or is really, really sensitive, a hat doesn't have enough skin contact to warrant the cost of the luxury.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Natural Dyes: Tips, Tricks and Resources. on: February 02, 2007 04:10:01 PM
Oh! Asking at the store. That's brilliant. I'd tried to collect them as we used the onions... but that was a failure. That's a much better idea.

If you're at all into gardening, or want to try, A Dyer's Garden by Rita Buchanan is a great resource. I have a definite lack of a green thumb, but I'm trying to convince my mom that a few of the plants mentioned would look great in her garden Cheesy
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Turmeric dyed and spun yarns on: February 02, 2007 03:56:49 PM
^ If you mordant it with alum, does that make it lightfast?
Natural dying is something I've been wanting to try out, my someone threw away the onion skins I was collecting (urrrrgh!) and all of our potential dye-plants are dead for the winter.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 2/2/07 on: February 02, 2007 03:53:20 PM


Key Lime Sky. The Brown Sheep roving that came with my babe, dyed. 205m, 3.5 oz. Heavy worsted, on average.



Last week's Fibre Friday, becoming a hat. Check out the yellow purl bumps! Totally coincidental.

I'm stuck at home babysitting tonight, which means... dying time!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: FIBER FRIDAY! 1/26/07 on: January 26, 2007 08:25:25 PM
Sorry about the shoddy photo quality, I was so excited to see that it was sunny, and then I realized that my dad had taken the camera with him to work, so this is shot on the tail end of the light. *sigh*. These are my first skeins on the wheel (Babe Fiberstarter, ST, which I LOVE - believe me, the spindles will gather dust). I've got another on the bobbin that I'm really happy with, but I'm saving that for next week! It was my first truly successful dye batch - if a bit bright. The amazing colours on here are such an inspiration.



Uh, somewhere around 150g Corriedale, 225m, slubby spun (yes, on purpose Smiley)from a somewhat randomly hand dyed batt. Probably going to be either a hat or a scarf for me.



225g (4 oz) BFL (spins like butter!), 2 ply, 145m. A bit thick and thin, but I've been improving. This will be dyed dark green and knit into a ribbed hat for a friend shortly.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? on: January 22, 2007 11:03:54 PM
I took some pictures in the few brief hours on sunlight the other day! I have actually finished this piece (the back) now and cast on for the front, but you get the idea. This is so quick, I love it.

9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? on: January 18, 2007 04:23:15 PM
Hi, I hope I'm not too late to join, as I plan on starting my sweater today! I plan to keep the body the length it is, and have it sit at the waist, as I plan to wear another shirt underneath, anyways (my temperature regulation is wonky as is, so a layer of wool I can't take off is never the best thing). I'm using Patons Classic Merino in Peacock, with 5mm needles for the ribbing and 10mm for the body, as the pattern calls for - I still have to swatch the 10mm, if it's too holey for my likes I'll go down to 7.5mm (I choose my gauge based on what needles I have in the house!) which made a nice fabric. We shall see!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: FIBER FRIDAY!!! 1/12/07 on: January 12, 2007 11:18:18 PM
It, er, wasn't exactly the colour it was supposed to come out, but I, er, like to live life on the wild side and take the wool out when I damn well feel like it! I like it this colour anyways.
We do have the best crazies. I wonder what they'll do for the Olympics?! Heh.
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