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« Reply #1020 on: June 19, 2007 01:44:26 PM »

thanks, meilynne.  I'll check out your blog. 

My local stores carry a pitiful selection of KA.  The best sources I've found for KA are on E-Bay.  The store I tried doesn't carry the Aguas Frescas flavors, but this one does.


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« Reply #1021 on: June 19, 2007 01:55:01 PM »

meilynne, the sweater is so pretty with all those colors.  This is a silly question, but did you sew the raglan seams or are those knit decreases?

Actually, they're double increases, you can read more on my blog...

http://yarngear.blogspot.com/2007/06/crochet-on-double.html

On another note, I'm bummed that my local grocery quit selling Latin-American KA flavors.  I would've stocked up if I'd known!  Does anybody know how to mail-order them?

You can get them on amazon.com
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« Reply #1022 on: June 20, 2007 12:02:18 PM »

Thanks!  I would've never thought to shop Ebay or Amazon for Kool-Aid, lol.

And I totally gave you the wrong link to the double-increases on my blog, so here's the correct one....

http://yarngear.blogspot.com/2007/06/playing-catch-up-with-summer-shrugs.html

Here's more yummy photos of dyeing, in combinations of KA & Wilton....

Here's my Booga-style bag prefelted....

http://yarngear.com/blogspot/2007-04/boogawatermelon.jpg

Then felted, along with some matching accessories, that still need buttons....

http://yarngear.com/blogspot/2007-04/boogastuff.jpg

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« Reply #1023 on: June 20, 2007 12:23:59 PM »

Oh, I love those colors! Very watermelon-like! Really cute!
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« Reply #1024 on: June 25, 2007 09:01:26 AM »

Question to y'all: what pots/containers are you using to dye your yarn in? I want to dye a whole skein of Fisherman's Wool (400+ yds) but I know you shouldn't use aluminum pots. I think I can use my water bath canner, which is steel coated in ceramic. Has anyone else done that?
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« Reply #1025 on: June 25, 2007 10:26:36 AM »

I do full skeins in a glass baking dish in the mivrowave - for really big skeins, I do it in my crockpot (slow cooker), which is similar to your canner - and the pot part is ceramic.

Question to y'all: what pots/containers are you using to dye your yarn in? I want to dye a whole skein of Fisherman's Wool (400+ yds) but I know you shouldn't use aluminum pots. I think I can use my water bath canner, which is steel coated in ceramic. Has anyone else done that?
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« Reply #1026 on: June 25, 2007 10:45:28 AM »

Question to y'all: what pots/containers are you using to dye your yarn in? I want to dye a whole skein of Fisherman's Wool (400+ yds) but I know you shouldn't use aluminum pots. I think I can use my water bath canner, which is steel coated in ceramic. Has anyone else done that?

I'd be interested in the answers as well.  My largest pot is ceramic coated.  It's speckled dark blue and I worry that there may be tiny chinks that I can't see. Also, has anyone done more than one skein, as in a whole project's worth, in one batch?  Is this even a good idea?  My dye batches vary wildly and I want to avoid horrendous color differences in my sweater. 
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« Reply #1027 on: June 25, 2007 06:38:11 PM »

I dyed once only, but I did about 150g say 3 balls' worth. I don't see why you wouldn't do the whole project's worth at once, the only possible obstacle would be getting a pot big enough. If you can't do that you might like to do 2 or 3 smaller batches at once with exactly the same size pots, amounts of water, dye, and wool, etc., heat them up on the stove at the same time for same length of time... make everything the same.
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« Reply #1028 on: June 25, 2007 06:51:02 PM »

I want to dye some yarn for my sister-in-law's birthday. I got her a copy of One Skein. I don't know much about yarn, so about how much (in grams, I guess) is a typical skein...or should I think in terms of yards? I want to make sure that she has enough yarn to complete a project.
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« Reply #1029 on: June 25, 2007 07:13:07 PM »

there is no one answer for that, since different weight yarns will have different size skeins (and I have that book, it's a good one)

my suggestion would be to go through the book yourself, and pick out 1 or 2 projects that you think are the most her 'style', and then get the yarn/yarn weight needed for that project.  if you have a decent little yarn shop by you (not a michaels or walmart, but a real yarn shop), they're always very knowledgeable, and can help you - otherwise, just post here what pattern you're considering (include the page), and I can look it up here and try to help you out.



I want to dye some yarn for my sister-in-law's birthday. I got her a copy of One Skein. I don't know much about yarn, so about how much (in grams, I guess) is a typical skein...or should I think in terms of yards? I want to make sure that she has enough yarn to complete a project.
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