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

Finished Object ~ Fern Lace Cowl

Oh, hello there! Long time, no see. While hubby is away, time just gets away from me and seemingly this blog is always the one that falls to the wayside. Since he’s back, I was finally able to finish my Follow Your Arrow MKAL shawl (post to come later when mother nature decides to let the sun come out)!

Mug Cozy

In the meantime, I was able to knit up this mug cozy, which I was in love with… until I blocked it and then it was too big for my mug! It was a small skein of yarn to begin with and I didn’t want this soft squishy baby camel! yarn to just sit around unused. I decided to frog the cozy and make a cowl instead.

Fern Lace Cowl
Fern Lace Cowl knit in MEAN GIRLS Inspired Hand Dyed Extra Fine Merino/Camel Worsted Weight Yarn, “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” 109 yards

I went with the Fern Lace Cowl (please excuse the blurry photo, toddlers do not sit still). This was a really quick knit! The lace pattern is very easy to memorize and alternates with knit rows in the round. After blocking the lace really opened up and it turned out to be much more drapy than stiff.

The yarn I used is from Neeley’s Knits, who I have to give a huge shout out to! I met the shop owner, Ashley, on Ravelry through a group for mom’s of babies born in Aug 2012. She recently started dying her own yarns inspired by movies & tv shows. Her colorways are absolutely beautiful and we’ll just say, my bank account loves her! Please check out her shop and buy some yarn!

xoxo Katie

Ysolda Mystery Knit-a-Long Has Begun!

One of my many New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to expand on my knitting. In all my years of knitting and crocheting I’ve stuck to fairly basic and small projects. The two larger projects I’ve done (a dress that turned out WAY too big and a knitted baby blanket) took me well over years to finish. So to me, smaller projects were the way to go because they were easy, quick and I could finish them in a timely manner and move on to the next project.

follow your arrow MKAL
Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock Yarn – Hera’s Peacock colorway

Well, not this year… and I’ve already begun. I ran across the Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL by Ysolda and decided to give it a try. I’ve never knit a shawl before and I’ve never knit lace before. I mostly knit with bulky yarn on big needles, so this is quite the change for me.

I’ve cast on today and will post update pictures when I finish each clue!

xo Katie