Announcing lamb + wolf Etsy Shop

Okay, okay… I’ve had an Etsy shop for quite some time now, but I have only recently really started stocking it since I started dyeing a few months ago. I just got a new shipment of yarn bases and will be adding new items over the next few weeks, so please keep an eye out for new shop updates! I also take custom orders, so please contact me if you wish to do so.

Visit lamb + wolf on Etsy

lamb + wolf Etsy Shop

You’ll see a permanent link in the right hand banner at all times. Happy shopping!

xo Katie

Adventures in Dyeing: Part 2

Long anticipated part 2 to my dyeing adventures, am I right?!? Phew, I think my mid-year goal is to get better at posting and updating. Now that I’m regularly updating my Etsy shop, I feel I should be posting shop updates here, as well.

Either way… moving on! Part 1 of my series was related to dyeing with kool-aid. While fun and easy and no additional special equipment required, it didn’t offer all of the colors I was interested… particularly black.

I used Wilton’s Gel Food Coloring, which does come in black. I was forewarned by a fellow dyer that the black doesn’t always come out as such, and could show up as dark green or purple. So keeping this in mind, I jumped in with some blues and a black.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the hindsight to take process photos, but essentially I placed out saran wrap, soaked the yarn in a vinegar/water bath, mixed my dyes for 1 hour, I laid out the yarn in an oval and placed the dye into color blocks throughout the yarn. I wrapped the yarn in the saran wrap and placed in a baking dish in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours, covered tightly with foil. This steam sets the color. I let it cool to room temp and did a quick rinse, then dried overnight.

It resulted in this beautiful colorway:

yarn dyed with gel food coloring

 

It’s currently for sale in my Etsy shop, Lamb + Wolf. I really love how the colors turned out and the black really turned out to be a true black, which is (obviously) exactly what I wanted!

In recent weeks, I’ve really been testing out acid dyes and have several items in my Etsy shop dyed with such, but look forward to Part 3 of this series to come soon. I will set myself up to take full process photos to share.

If you have any questions on dyeing with kool-aid or gel food coloring, please leave a comment or message me and I will answer your questions.

xo Katie

Adventures in Yarn Dyeing: Part 1

A few weeks ago, a friend and I decided we wanted to give dyeing a try. We both had heard it could be done with kool-aid, but didn’t know much about the process, so we started researching. I’ve long subscribed to Knitty and when I found this article on dyeing with kool-aid, we decided to jump right in.

We mixed up our colors and set up in my garage, then just colored away.

Please excuse the poor lighting!
Please excuse the poor lighting!

We decided to try steaming the yarn over a pot first. The microwave method seemed too easy to be true. It said to steam for 40 minutes. I set it up, then went to put my daughter down for her nap… and when I emerged about 12 minutes later, I could distinctly smell something burning. Sure enough, all the water had evaporated from the pot and it was very black!

Luckily the yarn didn’t seem to be harmed, so we washed it and set it out to dry. We decided to try the microwave method with the rest, obviously. I was really surprised how well it worked, and it was soo easy! We set up all the yarn to dry on a laundry rack in the sun… and a few hours later, this is what we had:

kool-aid dyed yarn

I’m impressed with how well the colors came out! I think the sun did fade them a little, but in a good way. I’ve begun knitting a Dayflower Cowl¬†with the smaller skein, which is 80% wool, 20% angora, and it is super soft!

Be sure to come back next Monday for Part 2, dyeing with gel food coloring.

xo Katie

Follow Your Arrow MKAL – Finished Clue 1B

I have to say, this is the most I’ve been dedicated to knitting on a deadline as ever! I finished clue 1B of the Follow Your Arrow MKAL by Ysolda last night… so a little late since clue 2 came out yesterday. I haven’t even had a chance to look at it yet, but I’m excited to keep going. At least I didn’t finish early then have to wait around for the next clue, right?

FollowYourArrowMKAL

 

 

I love how the colors are turning out and the pattern is lovely soo far. This is my first time doing lace and doing a shawl, so pretty impressive!

FollowYourArrowMKAL

 

I can’t wait to start clue 2 tonight! I’ll post progress pictures next week.

xo Katie