Yarn is Always Dyed in Multiple Skeins

August 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm (Dyeing)

It all started when I saw this tutorial for dip-dyeing.
So I had to dye this.

Which led to the DD’s wanting to dye some yarn (Chinese Fireball).

I was so happy with the blue yarn, that I tried the same technique with another color (black). And got this lovely skein on the right.

DD #1 had the perfect name for it-Maleficent!
My first try with Wilton’s cake dyes. They do bleed alot in the rinse, but the colors are so pretty! I’ll just use dye magnets to suck up the extra dye when I rinse.


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Chinese Fireball Sock Yarn

August 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm (Dyeing)

Now that we’re back from vacation, I’ve been hearing the dreaded “b” word from my kids. They’ve been complaining of boredom way too much. So I got out the Kool Aid dyeing recipes and had them sort through my stash and we dyed up some Chinese Fireball yarn.


Teri, this is an awesome dye recipe. I love it!

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Nancy Drew’s Socks Finished

August 12, 2008 at 2:40 am (Dyeing, knitting)


Pattern: Nancy Drew’s Socks
Needles: Size 0
Modifications: I cast on 56 stitches instead of 64. I guess I’m a “loose” knitter! They fit perfectly, though.
These socks traveled a long way for their photo shoot. That’s the picnic table in front of the cabin we stayed in!

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After Camping, I Got Sick and Dyed…

July 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm (Dyeing)

I spent the day home Sunday with some sort of stomach bug.  I felt bad enough to stay home, but well enough to feel restless about being home all day without being able to do much.  So, of course the solution was to dye some yarn. 

These are both overdyes…



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Dyeing to Wish You a Happy Fourth

July 6, 2008 at 5:28 pm (Dyeing)

Right before we left for our weekend camping trip.  I dyed a skein of  Patons Classic Merino in Natural Mix.

Here’s how it turned out.


 I was going for blues and browns and definitely missed the mark here. Yet I LOVE how it turned out.

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Spring Green Baby Socks

June 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm (Dyeing, knitting)


Pattern: “Litttle 16” Newborn Socks by Stitch-n-Snitch
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare (more of my 4th grader-dyed yarn)
Needles: Size 1
I love how the yarn gets all stripey on the foot of the sock!

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Socks in the Grass

June 9, 2008 at 2:08 am (Dyeing, knitting)

Another pair of¬†“Little 16” Newborn Socks finished in the Grape Ape colorway created by DD#1’s classmates.¬†


 Did you think that 4th graders could dye yarn this pretty?

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Not a Bloodbath

May 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm (Dyeing, Random Thoughts)

This has been an interesting week.¬† I dyed my yarn for the Austentatious Fiber Artists Group Knit Along/Read Along project on Monday.¬† We’re reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and the theme is gothic for our projects.

Monday was a very long and frustrating day that involved me having to pick up DD#2 with a stomachache 1 hour before and ultrasound appointment.¬† Then I had to track down a phone number for where my ultrasound was, since my Dr’s office didn’t give me that info when they made the appointment for me and since it was between the hours of 12-1, everyone was out to lunch.¬† I spent my afternoon trying to reschedule my appointment and find a¬†hospital where my health insurance would cover.¬† So I was just a wee bit cranky. The dyeing process was cathartic for me.¬† I was trying for some deep reds and purples, and got mostly deep reds.¬† I looked at that very read dyebath and thought “bloodbath” several times.¬† That same night my poor mother had an incident that left her with blood spurting out of a wound on her knee (she’s okay).¬† We were both having our own respective bloodbaths!

¬†Which, leads me to Wednesday,¬† the new day for my ultrasound after the dust settled from all the phone-calling on Monday, in which the ultrasound technician informed me that what my doctor thought might be a mass in my abdomen was…. a blood vessel.¬†

Anyway, here’s a couple of pics of my bloodbath yarn that turned out to not really look like a bloodbath at all.¬†


I made the coolest discovery when dyeing this yarn.¬† See that really deep red?¬† That’s what you get when you sprinkle grape Kool Aid over a deep red dyebath.¬† Very cool!



Not sure at this point what to call this yarn.  Here are a few suggestions from others,  what do you think?

  • Wine and Roses
  • Red Tulips
  • Cranapple
  • Crimson Cranberry

I know one thing.¬† I like my results from dyeing while cranky!¬† Maybe I should call it Cranky Cranberry! ūüôā

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The Week in Review

March 2, 2008 at 12:21 am (Dyeing, knitting)

Whew!¬† It’s been a busy week.¬† There’s been a lot going on here, but not much time for blogging.¬† Here’s what I’ve been up to this week.

I did get the yarn re-skeined and knitted up for DD#1’s class




Since they are all about 150 yds. of sock weight yarn, they are destined to become baby socks.  I already started knitting the Grape Ape (purple) and it is sooooo pretty!

The school history fair was Wednesday, so the early part of the week was spent putting the finishing touches on DD#1’s project.¬† She and her partner did a fab job that merits it’s own post.

Thursday, I spent about 4 hours helping at the school and a dear friend and neighbor of mine passed away.  I was said to hear the news, she and her husband are like the neighborhood grandparents.  They are some of the best people I have been fortunate to know. 

Friday was spent running errands, taking DD#1 to guitar lessons and dealing with the neighbor kids who can’t leave everyone’s garbage cans alone.¬†

Lest you think I did no knitting, I finished DD#2’s Hawser Sweater and the Easy Lace Scarf.

Hope you all had a good week!

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Fourth Graders Have No Fear When Dyeing with Kool Aid

February 24, 2008 at 1:58 am (Dyeing)

That’s one lesson I learned¬†yesterday when I did some¬†Kool Aid¬†dyeing with DD #1’s class today.¬† I worked with them in groups of 9 and let them have free rein as to the colors of dyes they mixed up.¬† They worked in groups of 3 and each group mixed up their own dye solution and applied it to the yarn.¬† I explained to them that they would want to be thoughtful about what flavors they combined.¬† For example, red and green would most likely turn some form of brown, etc…

A few things I learned:

1.  Fourth graders will ignore what you say about color theory and come up with odd mixtures that turn out really cool in the dye pot.

2.  Arctic Green Apple Kool Aid mixed with Pink Lemonade makes bubblegum pink.  Who woulda thought?

3.  Olive green can be made by combining Orange with Lemon-Lime.

4.  When you buy rubber gloves and the package says 12, check to see if that is pairs or single gloves.  I bought three packs of 12, thinking that meant PAIRS, only to discover with my second group it meant SINGLE gloves! 

5.  Baking soda mixed with water and used like hand soap will remove unsightly Kool Aid stains from your hands.

6.¬† Fourth grade boys will steal packets of Kool Aid when you’re not looking! (LOL- I made them put it back, but I couldn’t be TOO angry over a 20-cent packet¬†of Kool Aid!¬† It was actually hard to not laugh at them.)

7.  Write down each dye recipe.  Because of their fearlessness in combining colors they will come up with really cool colors you will want to duplicate and you will NOT remember how they did it.  You will forget it all in the busyness of cleaning up, telling the boys to stay out of the ginormous bin of rubber balls that occupies the room you are in, confiscating rubber gloves that are being blown up like balloons and reclaiming stolen Kool Aid packets. 

8.  Fourth graders have their own name for yarn swift- Yarny-go-round!

We had a lot of fun!¬† I think it was a hit with the kids, too.¬† DD #1 came home and told me that one of her friends said my mini-class was her fave and when I dropped DD #1 off at another friend’s house for a sleepover,¬† said friend greeted me by saying, “You’re class today was really cool! ”

Here are pictures of each group’s results.¬†


Here is the yarn from group one.  I think I will call it Grape Ape.


Here’s group two’s yarn.¬† I’m calling it Amber Waves of Grain.


Group three.  I wanted to call it Jolly Green Giant, but once it dried it made me think of the beginning of spring when everything starts to turn green.  I will call it Think Spring.

Monday I will post with pictures of the yarn re-skeined and knitted swatches.¬† Would you believe the kids wanted to see a sample of their yarn knitted?¬† Meanwhile, I better clear out before Babybloosbro invades tomorrow.¬† Wouldn’t want engine grease on the yarn! LOL

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