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

Follow Your Arrow MKAL – Finished Clue 2B!

Well, here I am… 4 days late to finishing, but it is finally done! I decided to go with Clue 2B because I love short rows and thought it was going to make an interesting shape. I’m really  happy with how it has turned out.

Follow Your Arrow MKAL

 

The yarn I decided on using, Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn, I received in a Yarn Box subscription. I’m soo unfamiliar with sock yarns because I mainly use bulky yarns, but it is working up very springy and soft.

Follow Your Arrow MKAL

 

I’m excited to get started with Clue 3… I’m undecided on which option I will choose, but I suppose that is all part of the mystery! ;0)

xo Katie

Knitted Gifts for the Holidays

Glühwein Cowl

Every time I knit something for myself, eventually someone will ask me where I got it, if I made it and tell me that they love it. This usually ends in me giving it to them. This year I have decided to make knitted gifts for friends and family… on purpose.

I’m loving this pattern, Gluhwein. It combines my love of knitting with bulky yarn and my lack of attention span to knit large projects. It has a beautiful diamond pattern combing knit and purl textures. I can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out.

Do you make homemade gifts for the holidays? I’d love to hear all about your craftiness!

xo Katie

My Closet ~ 39 weeks pregnant

So here we are… 39 weeks pregnant. That means there is only one week to go. Well, one week till my due date, which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t mean much considering no baby is coming on their due date unless you happen to have a schedule c-section. I do not. The number of days left is definitely limited though… + counting down.

Husby + I have been doing a lot around the house to prepare for our baby girl: rearranging rooms, prepping cloth diapers, washing baby clothes, finally putting together the baby’s mobile (post to come later), setting up the spare bedroom, + generally all those things you do when nesting kicks in. I’m still on the lookout for a teeny tiny bedside table for our spare bedroom, so if you know where to find one that is unfinished or birch, let me know!

Something else that creeps up with your due date is figuring out how to make yourself go into labor. I’ve heard that first time moms generally have late babies. Might be true, but I’ve also been reading up on things you can do to kickstart labor. For instance, I made a batch of Lemon Drop Cupcakes (via Lemon Sugar) that are possibly meant to cause a full-term woman to go into labor. I’ve had two, so far… nothing yet. I’ve also heard that staying active + lots of walks help out. I mowed + edged the lawn yesterday… turns out I really just feel like someone beat me up, not so much in labor. What else… acupuncture, evening primrose oil, pineapple… all sorts of crazy ideas. Do any of these really work? I mean who knows… I could eat an almond, go into labor + next thing you know pregnant women everywhere are swearing that eating almonds made X number of women go into labor. So you should definitely try it! Like, right NOW!

I’m pretty sure that I already know I’m going to miss having this little one rolling around in my belly. I feel like it will be soo weird not having those jabs + pokes all the time. Clearly she will be on the outside to distract me, but I still think I’m going to miss it.

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Skirt ~ Old Navy / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe

What tips + tricks have you heard that cause labor to start… old wives tales or fact (if there is such a thing)?

~Katie