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Topic: crocheted cowl with drawstring - made from yarn I dyed and spun myself!  (Read 1456 times)
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« on: March 19, 2010 01:00:04 PM »

I'm so proud of this little project.  I spun the yarn on a drop spindle -- I'm just learning to spin.  Then I dyed it with a combo of black cherry and regular cherry Kool-Aid.  Then I made up the pattern for this cowl as I went along.  I crocheted with a Q hook, alternating sections of single crochet and double crochet.  Then I made kind of a scalloped edging on top and threaded through a drawstring with flowers on the ends.  So I can wear it loose or tied tighter.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010 01:18:32 PM »

Its really lovely Smiley  I like the color and it looks so soft Cheesy


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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2010 01:22:10 PM »

Talk about your "hand crafted"... Kudos!

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2010 01:27:19 PM »

Very pretty! The color is stunning, love that you made it from start to finish. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010 01:43:32 PM »

Wow!  Congrats on your beautiful project!!  I'm not brave enough for my own patterns yet... Someday, someday =)

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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2010 05:13:39 PM »

Pretty I really like this.  I have to ask though I've never dyed before  so when you dye it in Kool aide to you have to keep it in their forever to get a nice color? and does it smell like koolaid? ^^

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010 06:18:58 PM »

Thanks for all the nice comments!  I really liked it even more when I wore it out today, because I could see all the variations in the color in the sunlight.

NightOwl21 -- this was only my 2nd attempt at dyeing.  Kool-Aid only works on animal fibers like wool, silk, angora, etc.  To do the dyeing, I soaked the wool yarn in tepid water with a few glugs of white vinegar in it for about 15 minutes.  I just did this in the pan I was going to do the dyeing in.  Then I scooped out about a cup of the water, mixed the Kool-Aid in to dissolve, then poured that liquid back into the pot and gently stirred.  Then turn on the heat, bring to a simmer, put a lid on it, turn off the stove, and let it cool completely.  By the time it's cool it should be done.  Then rinse in cool water.  You'll know it's done when the water is clear or milky looking, because it means the fiber has absorbed the dye.  There is a board here on Craftster all about dyeing fiber, which is where I found the instructions.  It's fun to do, and it my cowl still smells a tiny bit like black cherry.  YUM!
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2010 10:10:33 AM »

Wow, it's a great design, and I am so jealous of your spinning skills!
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