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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: September 22, 2006 05:24:16 PM
Just flew from Florida to France -- had no problems with bamboo dpns and small (blunt tip) scissors.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: July 09, 2006 01:47:05 PM
crnaofca -- It sounds like you might just need more time in the microwave. You need to make sure all the dye is being absorbed (the water will turn cloudy or clear). I've dyed with those colors before, and haven't had problems with bleeding with wool (and I don't even use vinegar!). 5 minutes total seems way too short unless it's a really small skein.

meilynne -- you can get Arctic Green Apple online through Gristedes.com or Gristedes through amazon.com, if you prefer.
They also claim to have Changin Cherry, but both times I've ordered (once straight from Gristedes, the other time through amazon), they've sent some other cherry flavor as a replacement (one time Invisible Cherry!).
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: July 08, 2006 09:23:29 AM
what type of dye & yarn are you using?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make the hood part of a hoodie sweater? on: July 05, 2006 06:21:00 PM
I think the first pattern might be perfect -- I didn't think to look at baby sweaters! I think the hood is just the right size for my dog sweater. Thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to make the hood part of a hoodie sweater? on: July 05, 2006 12:21:40 PM
I'm knitting up a sweater for my dog, and I'm thinking how much better it would be if it had a little hood on it.

My problem is I have no idea how I would go about making the hood. Does anyone have any tips? How does the shaping on that work??
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: July 05, 2006 12:11:42 PM
Earlier this year I took my addi 16" US8 circulars with me to New York, and also to italy and Spain. In Spain, the security guy asked me about them. Once he determined they were knitting needles, he let me go through. In the other places I had no problems at all, even when my bag was hand-checked.
I always try to have some knitting already on the needles though, since I'm paranoid and don't want security to think I'm some crazy person with pointy sticks on a wire.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted and sewn tee shirts [IMG HEAVY] on: July 05, 2006 11:33:55 AM
the scribble shirts are great! love them
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: June 26, 2006 01:54:12 PM
IamSusie -- I think you're right!--Plus I think I'll love them more when I actually get to wear them

meilynne -- I'm always a bit scared to use brown, but I love that contrast between the dark brown and the brightness of the pink and green--lovely!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: June 26, 2006 09:29:02 AM
Did you soak the yarn/fiber beforehand? I find a good soak in warm water with a glug of vinegar helps a lot. Also, it sounds like you need more heat/cook time. Do you have a crockpot? Toss it in on low heat for two hours, keep an eye on it, just in case you don't have enough water in it. Then, since you're having trouble getting the color to stay in, try letting it sit in the crock pot with the lid on until cool, or overnight. Then try to rinse it. I don't know if it'll help, but it's worth a shot.

Thanks!! I'm not sure what it was, but I tried both suggestions and.... success!!
Dyed soy silk that doesn't bleed:


..and here is that silk/alpaca blend I dyed on Friday, which is becoming a pair of convertible mittens. I have mixed feelings about the color combo--I think it's the Christmassy red and green that's putting me off:
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: June 23, 2006 08:54:36 PM
hmm...I'm having trouble with the soy silk...the color looks great but bleeds to the point of completely coming out if soaked in mild soap long enough. I've tried adding vinegar, letting it soak for 30 minutes before sticking it in the microwave, adding salt (I read that somewhere....), increasing the heating time...

I'm not sure what else I should try (steaming it, boiling on the stove instead of microwave??). I've been searching on the internet, and it looks like kool-aid soy silk has been done, but how do they get the colors to stick around (or do they just not care?). I even checked on soysilk.com, which says that soy silk should be dyed with acid dyes---that's what kool-aid is, correct?

Any suggestions?? I'm frustrated right now, but I'm going to try again tomorrow.

Tonight I'm dyeing an alpaca-silk blend. A quick test confirms that this is going to be relatively pain-free. Photos coming soon....
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