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Don’t Let the World Unravel

Very cleverly done short film… I wish I’d thought of that.

 

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Needed some color to brighten up my winter

Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow for now. Hopefully.

I meant to post more photos from the dye work I did in December. I finally got around to snapping pictures of the more of the skeins of yarn I dyed.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Northwest Woods (probably for a pair of socks for my brother Ted)

Autumn Fire

Amazon Parrot

Note, I’ve discovered the fine art of squeezing the dye and painting the right amounts of yarn.  I was happy with all my colourways except for one. I didn’t include it here, it was supposed to emulate the colors in a peacock feather, but i think I should have used more dark green. I need to overdye this yarn or repaint it.

Sample of the Blouson from Interweave Knits

I also dyed a good deal of peruvian cotton (about 17 skeins) for the 1824 Blouson pattern.  Let me tell you, dying cotton (and I assume other plant fibers) is a royal pain in the ass.  It wasn’t so much the pre-washing of the fibers in a solution of synthropol then soaking them in a soda ash solution, or dissolving the large amounts of salt into the dye water before adding the urea solution and dye. I REALLY REALLY hated the process of washing out the excess dye and other chemical badness in the yarn after the dyeing was over. Ick. I could never truly felt  that I got it ALL  out. On top of that I’m not sure I want to make a simple stockinette stitch pattern like the Blouson… since dyeing this yarn was such a labor intensive process. Two or three skeins of the yarn are a bit darker than I expected. I think I may have soaked them in too much soda ash solution, but I don’t mind the color imperfection. I think it adds more appeal and a hand-fashioned look to the final product.

Not to mention the warning on the package of the dye said something like… the state of California warns that this produce may cause cancer!!!!

I have decided that I will dye up a few more batches of cotton yarn, just enough to use up the dyes I purchased and from now own I’ll only dye wools, animal fibers and nylon. Or I’ll use Kool-aid and other foodbased dyes.  I have a sweater’s worth of Artfibers Rush I need to dye and some skeins of mercerized cotton. Maybe I should invite some friends over… “Hey, share the cancer!”

Luna dyed with Seafoam & Grey Mist (formerly "Sunlight" yellow)

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Green Wedding? Check out this yarn and dress.

So I just got my copy of Vogue Knitting (Summer Edition) and I saw the most absolutely gorgeous lace dress…

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Looks like Elann used the same pattern to do a version of the dress in Hemp (their new Hemp yarn). Now for all of you girls who are looking to plan an eco friendly wedding and who like very nice simple and elegant lace numbers… even if you don’t know how to knit you might be able to enlist friends to help you out with this or a similar dress. If you have the money you might even hire someone to do the entire dress for you.  Also, you can decorate the dress even more by doing light adornment with small glass or pearl beads.

I think that also creating a nice shawl or wrap might be nice for receptions that occur during cooler or breezer evenings. An easy lace pattern in Bonsai might be nice… and it doesn’t have to be in white… you can do green or red.  Roman brides used a red veil during their weddings.

Or if you don’t mind using synthetic fibers you can always do the simple drop stitch and garter pattern in silk or poly ribbon like I did for my wedding (see image below).

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