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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knifty Knitter Socks / Booties Knitalong on: February 26, 2008 07:46:00 PM
I can't believe I missed this whole knitalong - I would've helped had I known.

Everybody's socks look fantastic!  I really enjoy seeing all the different variations of yarns and colors.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knifty knitter socks on: February 26, 2008 06:54:03 PM
Your version rocks!  I love seeing the socks knit up in all kinds of different yarns & color combinations.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Kool-Aid Pink Charm Bag on: February 15, 2008 02:07:19 PM
Wow!  Your bag is fantastic!  I love Kool-Aid dyed yarns, and I love that pattern, too.
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Hot heads.....and they are!!! on: February 15, 2008 02:04:16 PM
Such hilarious photos of your son hating the hats, but I love those hats!

I've seen pics of hats modeled on balloons.  Much more steady than a toddler!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kool Aid Sweater on: December 03, 2007 09:29:20 AM
That is just beautiful!!!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cold Shoulder on: June 28, 2007 03:28:47 PM

Modifications:  Not being a fan of mohair, and because I'm working from my stash, I used Red Heart Symphony (only 1 skein!)

The stitch gauge was correct, but my row gauge was tighter, so I made several more dc rows in the yoke, then a few more of lace rows, also to make it longer than the pattern.  Instead of attaching the ties directly to the collar, I just crocheted a long chain and weaved it through the dc stitches at the base.  Though I added another row on the collar, it still seems skimpy, so I will add a few more.

Though I completed this in April, I'm still pondering over pom-poms or beads on the ties.  That's why I didn't post it sooner, and why I'm covering those unfinished ends.

Since the yarn was so light, I worried about the drape, so with the help of Lily Chin's Knit and Crochet with Beads, I ventured into my first experience with bead crochet.

7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID 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....


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

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


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


8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: June Dye Along - Wiltons Food Coloring on: June 19, 2007 02:05:42 PM
Ooh, I'm stoked about this dye-along!  For those of you unfamiliar, or having problems with the dye, I've quoted here some of my past posts of my Wilton dyeing experience from the Kool-Aid thread ....

The Wilton dyes only contain a handful of different food colorants, most notably Red 3, Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.  The different ratios at which they're mixed produces the vast array of icing colors.

To dye wool, you need an acidic solution.  If you don't use enough acid, it won't dye.  If you use too much, the dye dissipates out of solution and just stains everything, only to wash out later. 

That said, each colorant needs a different pH level to dye successfully.  This poses a problem when you have a color like Black that's a mixture of more than one food colorant.

Ideally, Red 3 seems to work best in a pH of around 6, whereas the other colors need a lower pH (more acidic).  You can try my method, without using pH testers, though I can't guarantee you'll get the same results:

Begin with a dye solution in plain water, and let your yarn cook just under boiling in that for 10-15 minutes, then every 15 minutes or so, add a tablespoon of vinegar.  Stop adding vinegar when all the dye is absorbed and the water turns clear.  With this method, you're slowly making the solution more acidic, and in doing so, you're covering the ideal acidity levels of all the different food colors.

You'll still, however, get that mottled hand-dyed look with some colors, but it's less pronounced when using this slow acid method.

Meilynne in AR

After many frustrations with hot pink pots, spoons, wash water, and eventually fading pink yarn, I finally figured out how to dye with that tricky red #3 - a beautiful bright watermelon pink that also makes the violet lovely as well.

It's all because red #3 dyes at a lower acidity than the rest of the colors, so here's how I did it....

I added a washed & soaked skein of Paton's Classic Merino to a 4 qt. pot filled with 3 qts. of cool water w/ 1 tsp of Wilton's violet (red #3 & blue #1) dissolved in it. Hint: Wilton dissolves faster in a little hot water, then add to the dyepot.

I started with 2 tbsp of vinegar, and heated to almost boiling, then turned it down to the lowest temp, just below simmer. I let that sit for about 30 minutes, then the water turned blue as the red absorbed, but the blue didn't. Then every 20 minutes or so, I added 2 more tbsp of vinegar, until I was up to 10 tbsp, when the water finally turned clear as the blue completely absorbed.

I let the whole thing cool overnight in the pot - I hear that makes the dye set better. I washed and rinsed the whole thing the next morning, and though the yarn was slightly varigated with different hues of purple, not a speck of pink residue was left behind.

Meilynne in AR
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: June 19, 2007 01:24:43 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...


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?
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: June 18, 2007 10:00:07 AM
The water turns milky, because some of the flavors, like Tamarindo & Orange, contain titanium dioxide.  Its a chalky white mineral, also used in cosmetics, and is an effective sunscreen as well.


Here, I overdyed Patons Classic Merino in Gray Heather.  I love the muted, darker colors.  I didn't use KA, instead I mixed McCormick food colors, in blue, green, and yellow, with random squirts all over a hank and microwaved it.  I'm sure you could acheive similar results with Berry Blue, Lime, and Pineapple KA.

Meilynne in AR
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