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Vildhavre
« on: August 10, 2007 01:07:52 AM »

Yes! I got a Kool aid kit in the DIY kit swap round 9 from Lizzle! I've dyed with other dyes, but never any food dyes or Kool aid, so it was perfect Grin I got four kinds of Kool aid, Knit picks 100% merino yarn (so soft!), instructions and easter egg dyes too!

As usual I'm really bad at following instructions (it was for hand painting with Kool aid), because I decided I wanted self striping yarn, another thing I've never tried before. And it is intended for a pair of socks, or maybe mittens.

So I started with knitting a swatch. To see how much yarn was needed for a row. From there I decided how long I wanted my colour strips to be. I finally settled on 5-6 rows. And I started to re skein the skein.. To keep it from tangling to much later, I tied every loop in three places.


Four different colours, so four smaller loops. Since I only have three chairs, the fourth loop got wrapped around something else, and thus is a bit shorter than the others.

When the skeining was done I mixed up the kool aid. It smelled great! Especially the orange.. In the middle is strawberry, then orange, lemon lime (I think) and Jamaica.


Since I had two skeins I decided to put the two smaller loops in the middle, and then one in each jar. So both skeins got the same colour repeats. You see the white parts where the yarn continues to the other loop in the skein? I was afraid the colours would bleed into each other there. But as we shall see..


After about 30min in the jars in boiling water (nothing else than kool aid and water in them). I took a spoon and checked if all the dye had adsorbed. The water was absolutely clear. BUT the white parts between the jars was almost as white as from the beginning Undecided The dye had been nice and stayed put in its jars.. Nothing else to do now than to take up the skeins, rinse them in the sink (I put cold water on the hot skeins, I tend to be careless like that Grin, but it didn't bleed at all) and then dry them.

After they had dried I re skeined them into one skein again.


A finished skein! And a yet-to-be-reskeined skein.


To see if my calculations had worked I had to knit a swatch.. It was so much fun to knit with these colours! The white parts I was afraid of is actually not very visible. They tend to be pink and blend in quite well with the other colours. The colours are a bit variegated since the yarn was crammed into jars and I didn't stir anything at all. But I like that. If I had wanted more solid colours I would have had bigger jars and stirred every now and then.


Now I just need to decide what to do with the yarn. Mittens or socks? Or if socks, what kind of socks? I've been thinking of Jaywalkers, they look good with self striping yarn. But I need to recalculate the pattern and I'm lazy Wink
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Phebee
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2007 02:51:25 AM »

Wow beautiful! I love the colours so much.
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sarahbird
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2007 07:54:12 AM »

that turned out fantastic!  great job!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007 08:20:40 AM »

Awesome!  I actually prefer the variations within each color... it looks more special that way!
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Mienna
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2007 08:32:51 AM »

Very nice! I love it, it's beautimous. Cheesy
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Vildhavre
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007 11:46:09 AM »

Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007 01:30:13 PM »

Wow what a great tutorial.  Thanks for documenting all the steps.  I love the finished product.  The swatch you knit up is so perfectly spaced, how do you know how long to knit a row and keep it all the same color?  Does that make sense?  With variagated yarns, when I knit or crochet it, I always get colors all over the place, rather than perfect bands of single colors.  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007 03:58:15 PM »

That is pretty sweet.  Good job, I really like the way the colors turned out.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007 08:59:14 PM »

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Vildhavre
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2007 02:04:56 AM »

Wow what a great tutorial.  Thanks for documenting all the steps.  I love the finished product.  The swatch you knit up is so perfectly spaced, how do you know how long to knit a row and keep it all the same color?  Does that make sense?  With variagated yarns, when I knit or crochet it, I always get colors all over the place, rather than perfect bands of single colors.  Great job!

Thanks!
I did some calculations before I dyed the yarn, and dyed it to become self striping, not variegated Wink
I started with knitting a swatch, measured it (7cm) measured around my foot (about 21cm) and then unraveled three rows of my knitting (21cm) and measured how much yarn that was (70 cm), so I knew how much yarn was needed for one round around my foot.
Then I measured around the legs of my chairs and found that if I wrapped the yarn around three legs that was 140 cm. And since I wanted about 6 rounds of one colour I wrapped three times around the three legs of every chair (as seen in the first picture). That made the connected loops. The yarn goes three times around one chair, then continues to the next and three times around that and so on until it arrives at the first and it all starts over again. And then I put each loop in a different jar with dye.
Then when I'm knitting my swatch again (which this time is knit in the round and fits perfectly around my foot) the result is stripes of colour which are about 6 rows long.

Ehrm, I hope that made at least some sense Wink
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