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1  Re: Stash Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by caideey on: September 05, 2005 03:53:14 PM
Wow!  I have a fast partner and a fast mailman!  My package made it from Italy to Indiana in just about a week... and here are the goodies:

First, a crocheted bikini and wrap coverup-skirt.  The wrap is a full half-circle, but I couldn't fit it all in the picture.  Modeled by my porch, because if I modeled it there'd be a bit more of me on the internet than I'd like. Smiley  But lots of fun.  I knit, but don't crochet, so I love just looking at the stitches!

And the rest--a tote bag with a cute deer, a crocheted hat that will get much use as the fall temperatures drop (and it stretches to fit over all my curly hair!), two necklaces (the blue one has a shell bead in the middle, and one with a black cord has the most adorable whale bead), and a pair of earrings.  And she threw in a few bits of indi-made soaps that smell wonderful.  After spending a warm day in my mailbox all the items smell like the soaps, very yummy.

I was super surprized to get this package so soon, and I love all the goodies in it.  Thank you, lucertola!  Your package should be complete by the end of this week.  I hope the mail moves as quickly eastward as it did westward!
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2  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by caideey on: August 22, 2005 07:00:52 AM
What sort of pattern did you lay the yarn out in? Did you just dye the skein a different color in each half/quarter?

The key to self striping is winding a hank long enough that one time around will knit through the whole stripe pattern.  To figure out how long it'll need to be, decide how many stitches you'll need to get a stripe the thickness you want (this was sock yarn, so I wanted a three line stripe that would go around 50 stitches--150 wraps.  And I wanted two colors, so take that times 2, 300 wraps.  Then I put two chairs out so that winding around them would make a hank that size.  Rather, I tried to use two chairs, but my apartment was too small.  So I had to use an extra chair to turn the corner down the hall...

I wound my yarn around this setup, tied it in lots of places so it wouldn't tangle, and dyed half in orange and half in red.

Does that kind of make sense, or is a proper tutorial in order?
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3  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by caideey on: August 18, 2005 02:18:31 PM
I've been lurking around this thread for dying advice for months, and so I'm finally getting around to giving back and posting some pictures...

First, "That 70's Yarn", worsted weight wool, hopefully to become a bag someday:

And second, my favorite dying attempt, "Fire Engine Yarn", self-striping sock yarn.  Destined to be knee socks.
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4  Mini Hats in Knitting: Completed Projects by caideey on: August 17, 2005 08:38:51 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster.  I made about 2 dozen of these little hats this spring as gifts for local high schoolers who were putting on the musical Seussical.  I had fun figuring out the pattern, and I kept meaning to post it, and now I've finally got it up.  So here are the hats...

And the pattern is up on my blog.  I can't imagine why anyone would need a pattern for 5 inch tall hats--but now there's one on the internet should you ever want one. Smiley
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