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« on: February 18, 2004 08:12:33 AM »

Has anyone tried this project with the Kool-Aid dyeing yet?  I dyed my yarn yesterday, and it was lots of fun.  However, it doesn't look as nice and neat as the yarn in the photo does.  I don't know what mine will look like when knitted up (the yarn is still drying as we speak) but I found it really difficult to separate the colors when pouring the Kool-Aid onto the yarn.  The colors on the yarn in the book photo look like they were separated.  Mine just blended all together.  It still looks cool - I used diluted solutions of Pink Lemonade and Orange so the yarn is all different blends of pale pink and orange - but I'm wondering if anyone has succeeded in keeping the dye colors separate from each other?  I was thinking maybe a turkey baster or eye dropper would help control the flow of the dye somewhat and achieve more precise results.

I will post a picture of the finished sweater once I've got it done - in the meantime, would love to hear about anyone else's experiences dyeing and/or knitting this sweater.
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2004 11:51:12 AM »

Hi:

I haven't tried the kool aid dye yet because I know I am not agile enough to take that on. But I have now made the sweater twice - once in black and red stripes aka the satanic bumble bee top and I am now sewing up another mohair black white and white version. Will post them once my webcam is back up and running.

good luck on the sweater I am actually making a smaller one for a 6 year old in pink and grey stripes.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2004 11:59:28 AM »

Although I haven't tried dyeing wool (yet), I could only imagine that in order to create the look of the yarn in the book that you would need to tie-dye your yarn, instead of just just putting it all into the pot as is. Perhaps if you tried rubber-banding random sections of your yarn, the colors might get saturated differently. I'm not sure - its only a suggestion, but I think its basically the same concept as tie-dyeing a tshirt.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2004 12:36:35 PM »

Haven't done a sweater, but here is a diaper cover I made with recycled yarn from a lambswool sweater



There are some more pictures here http://home.san.rr.com/bethan/woolpics/  including one of the skeins drying and also a stripey cover

I actually knocked back the colours.  They were brighter when I first dyed them if you can believe it!
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jules
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2004 03:22:14 PM »

Hey gals,

I have just started this sweater tonite, and in reading the directions, I noticed that there is no neck shaping on the back piece--only for the front.  Is this correct, or am I missing something?  I want to make sure I'm understanding this correctly before I get to the point of "turn around and rip it out"--a bad place I'm well acquainted with, and don't want to make a return trip to anytime soon.  Thanks in advance for any responses!

Julie
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Sarah
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2004 04:07:50 PM »

Hey gals,

I have just started this sweater tonite, and in reading the directions, I noticed that there is no neck shaping on the back piece--only for the front.  Is this correct, or am I missing something?

Hi, Julie! Yes, you're correct.  I finished mine two weeks ago (non-dyed, just in plain red, but still rather pretty) and the arms were WAAAAAAYYYY too long.  I don't think it was the pattern's fault, just my beginner's mistake (it was my first sweater) but measure them as you go so you don't end up with "gorilla arms" like I did.  Incidentally my sister loved the look, particularly the bell sleeves, so I ended up giving her the sweater, but it's something to watch for. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

Sarah
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jules
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2004 05:06:22 PM »

Thanks Sarah!

You rock for replying  so quickly---I plan to finish the back piece tonite, so I would've been stuck had it not been for your speedy response!  I'll watch out out for "gorilla arms"--thanks for the tip.

Cheers,
Julie  
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2004 06:29:23 AM »

Sarah - could you expound on your mistake leading to the gorilla arm effect?  I am starting this sweater as well, and have long arms so your mistake might work well for me!  And I think I saw a picture of your red sweater on here somewhere (there can't be two!) and it looked so pretty it was what pushed me to choose this one as my first one as well.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2004 11:08:23 AM »

Sarah - could you expound on your mistake leading to the gorilla arm effect?  I am starting this sweater as well, and have long arms so your mistake might work well for me!  And I think I saw a picture of your red sweater on here somewhere (there can't be two!) and it looked so pretty it was what pushed me to choose this one as my first one as well.

Hi, Anne! I'm so sorry I couldn't respond sooner. I was sick, and then had trouble accessing the site.  My gorilla arms I believe were due to my error in measuring or something -- they seemed too short as I was knitting them (but again, first sweater, so...) so I sort of pulled them longer after I bound off, and then to my utter shock they were obscenely long after I sewed them to the rest of the sweater and tried it on.  Blocking didn't really help me, either. If you keep in mind how long you'd LIKE them to be, and measure them accordingly as you knit, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Sadly, twas not my photo you saw as I haven't uploaded any pics yet, but I'm glad you were inspired to give it a try.  Hope it turns out well for you and I'd love to see your version when it's done.

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2004 09:50:25 AM »


Sarah - could you expound on your mistake leading to the gorilla arm effect?  I am starting this sweater as well, and have long arms so your mistake might work well for me!  And I think I saw a picture of your red sweater on here somewhere (there can't be two!) and it looked so pretty it was what pushed me to choose this one as my first one as well.

Lol, that was my red sweater, and funny enough I'm wearing it right now!  Glad you liked it and it inspired you  Grin  Coincedently I have pretty long arms, and over the course of a day the sleeeves got longer and longer... washing it and blocking it each time I wore it helps in keeping the sleeves just above fingertip for me.
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