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Topic: hogwart's flavored self striping sock yarn -lots of pictures  (Read 12329 times)
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« on: May 31, 2008 07:16:30 PM »

I've just skeined this up, and I thought I'd share - it's for a non-craftster swap (but, yeah, Harry Potter) so hopefully my partner won't see it here.  I'm using Knit Picks bare fingerweight yarn and lanaset dyes.  And before you say it's not the right green for Slytherin, it's not, but I think it's the right one in the project. A darker green would have been shocking, I think, with all that yellow/gold/bronze, red, and black.

Alright, here's the deal about self-striping sock yarn.  There's some disagreement as to how long it has to be, but I got my numbers from Vildhavre's tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188946.0, because god knows I only knit as a last resort.

What I had heard previously is that you need a loop of at least 25 feet (or 50 feet?), but was unable to find confirmation of that.  So, convinced by her pictures, I went with Vildhavre's numbers, which is roughly 30 yards.  And not wanting to tie up the chairs (ha ha), I staked it out in the garden.  (Actually, this approach also means the dyeing can be more flexible in regards to number and size of stripes.)

One side is really a stake, the other is a fence post.

I am walking along inside the loop to be sure I don't mess it up.  It needs to be a big open loop.  As you'll see.

Once all the yarn is in the big loop (it's about 12 passes), every thing is tied, and I made ties every two or three yards.  And the more ties the better, people!  I'm terrified of tangles.  Then I freed one end, and began to make interior loops of about two arm-lengths each, which are tied off themselves.

Then they are soaked overnight and then put into jars with vinegar and dye, and heated in a pan of water for half an hour or so... covered, to keep the steam in. 

Fewer colors can be done in a pot with a lid; with eight colors, I was forced to use this roasting pan with foil on top.  Otherwise- completely the same.  (Although, last time, I filled the jars to overflowing and spaces between the colors filled itself in, and this time, I didn't, and they didn't... so, I suppose there's a lesson in that.)

Let it cool, rinse it out (several times)... let it dry.  And then you see how well you tied it.  Then it's back on the stakes to be untied.

And then niddy-noddied.

And then twisted up into a skein.

And the other thing is that I'm doing some just in Ravenclaw colors.  It's two colors, so, a much shorter loop.

And it was dyed in a pot with roving and other yarn, but otherwise just like the jars, but on a bigger scale.

And here that is skeined:

It's fun, despite all the winding and unwinding, I'm already planning lots of non-Harry Potter related colorways.  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008 07:21:33 PM »

Very cool Cheesy I am not into Harry Potter at all, but I really want to try dying yarn Cheesy I wish I had a back yard, darn second story apartment Sad

I love the gold and blue one at the end, very pretty Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2008 07:33:01 PM »

wow they turned out beautifully! i love the colors

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2008 07:34:28 PM »

That is fantastic!!! I love the colors!

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2008 07:56:48 PM »

Awesome! I think you should join the HP swap here so that I can be your partner and get myself some of that striping goodness.  Cheesy I'm sure your partner will love it!

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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2008 07:58:21 PM »

This gives me a whole new respect for self-striping yarns.  Seriously - you are amazing!

« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2008 09:49:52 PM »

Wow! Not only wonderful work, but totally cool that you offered up such great intruction. Makes me wanna go try it myself. Thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2008 10:04:41 PM »

Wow!! that's awesome! I love the colours!
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008 10:47:43 AM »

wow. I never knew how they did that... it's so deceivingly simple! I learned something today.

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2008 04:43:23 PM »

Thanks for all your comments guys!  It was something I was desperate to try, but worried about, but turned out to be really fun.  And everyone should do it.  Cheesy  The same thing is completely workable with kool-aid or wilton cake icing dyes.

Very cool Cheesy I am not into Harry Potter at all, but I really want to try dying yarn Cheesy I wish I had a back yard, darn second story apartment Sad

I love the gold and blue one at the end, very pretty Smiley

Thanks!  Although, it's convenient to have a yard, it's really just a matter of finding a way to make the distance in whatever area you have available.  If you look at Vildhavre's tutorial, she did it on chairs, just going around each one several times before moving on to the next...  I mean, it's like warping for a loom.  You can do it in a straight line, or on a warping board where you go all over to make you loop.

For the second, I was thinking about wrapping a table, but while I'm still pretty sure it would have worked, I couldn't quite convince myself, so I went with two chairs, instead.
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