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1  Re: Manos Del Uruguay...what to do?? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CraftyDiversions on: February 19, 2007 09:03:04 PM
Ooh I love Manos! I also love Rio de la Plata, which also carries similar yarn from Uruguay. I'm pretty sure Rio pays their spinners fair wage, and I think Manos too. 

Anyway, Manos make great hats.  I don't have a picture of the finished hat yet, but here is a pic of a hat in progress I knitted for my sister. 

I've made 2 sets of the following scarf and gauntlet glove set. The first one I made was out of Rio de la Plata. This one here is Manos.  The scarf takes 2 skeins. The gauntlets (elbow length) take 1 skein plus about 10 yds off a 2nd skein.

My friend also made a very beautiful variegated Manos scarf in a herringbone stitch, which shows off the colors so beautifully.

I agree with BlooCanoe and Clicksticks about felting Manos.  I get a pain in my chest when I hear people say they felted something out of Manos.

Peachcake-- best of luck in selecting a wonderful project for your wonderful yarn!
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2  Re: Jello/Koolaid Dyed Wool in Dyeing: Completed Projects by CraftyDiversions on: April 15, 2006 08:07:37 PM
They turned out beautifully. Can't wait to see the dark green Smiley

Yeah....Im adding *a lot* of green food coloring in hopes to make it come out dark.

Cool! I never thought you could actually use Jell-O. I loved the bright orange.

I've used food coloring to dye before and I have had good results.  However, I was told by an experienced dyer that after awhile, food coloring-dyed stuff eventually fades and get more of an ashen gray.  Undecided That has not happened yet to my yarn.  I've also mixed KoolAid with food coloring. The yarn pictured below is from food coloring (used different mixes of blue, green and yellow, one part has like 2 drops of red to a blue-green mix). To get a really dark green, like a forest green from the food coloring (4pack), you can add a couple drops of blue and red (a little more blue than red).

I hope you get the shade of green you want! Smiley

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3  Homemade Yarn Swift *** MORE NEW UPDATES *** in Knitting: Completed Projects by CraftyDiversions on: March 31, 2006 05:44:31 PM
Hello!  I have been reading and lurking on crafster for some time now.  I've decided
to come out and share with fellow knitters!

Several months ago, I made my own tabletop yarn swift out of everyday garage
items -- a drill was the only power tool!

Anyhow, I finally started a blog and have posted the instructions of my homemade
swift. I hope you make one too! My swift is portable and I've even brought it several times
at my knitting group meetings for others to use.  


I have a couple of different ways of doing it in a new tutorial on my blog now.  Here's the link: http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

ALSO, I just entered an Etsy/Instructables contest and thus, I put up the yarn swift in a tutorial on Instructables. Here's that link: http://www.instructables.com/id/ECNWGNBF46DD9H4/

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