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

Weekend Thoughts

As husby is off on another work trip + it being the weekend, I start wondering what it is that I do with myself when I’m the only one home. More than anything else, the result is a lot of cleaning, organizing + thinking about baby. I feel like since husby is only home so often, there is nothing more I want to do when he is around than spend all my time with him. I mean, who wouldn’t?

I finished this cute little basic newborn hat (pattern here) on Friday night. I love the colors pooled in this variegated yarn (Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Violet Veil). I’ve found that every newborn hat I’ve knit or crocheted seems like it is going to be too big for a newborn’s head. Or maybe I’m just underestimating the size of a new baby head… I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

Husby is so good at shopping for the baby with me + he even ordered these lovely onsies all on his own:

 

Very cute + humorous. He is definitely going to be a great father + a protective one at that.

I spent this morning at the pool to soak up some vitamin D for our precious girl. I’ve determined that tanning your back is not easy with a baby bump. After attempting to lay on my stomach for ooooh say, 30 seconds, I realized it just can’t happen. As suggested by my lovely friend, Dawn (also expecting!), looks like I’ll be investing in some type of flotation device to lay on in the pool with my back up towards the sun. Otherwise I will be sporting a very nice half + half look.

On a side note, I love this video! I mean how adorable is an 8 year old girl singing her first metal song? I have our little girl may be attempting this in the future.

8 Year Old Sings Metal

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far!

~katie

Spiny aka Newborn Vertebrae Sweater

I’ve been knitting the Newborn Vertebrae sweater for the past few days + finally finished it! The pattern was really easy to follow + it is free, so what is better than that?

I used Dream in Color’s Smooshy yarn in Some Summer Sky.

Even though we don’t know the baby’s sex yet, I thought I’d go ahead with this blue + purple variegated yarn. I love how the colors turned out. If Baby turns out to be a girl, she will wear this… if Baby turns out to be a boy, I’ll sell it.

 

~katie