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Tutorial: A Quick Dye Job

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A couple of years ago, I asked a friend of mine who is a professional yarn-dyer how she dyed one of her colorways into a gradient.  I just couldn't imagine controlling the flow of color using the tradition ways of dyeing skeins.  So, she told me.  She doesn't dye the yarn in the skein, she dyes it while it's knitted up like a blanket. ((brainpop)) Materials: 100g skein of yarn meant for dyeing (or natural fiber yarn that can be over-dyed) knitted into a blanket or scarf (a knitting machine makes this faster) gloves kettle to quickly boil water and...

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Swayback Girl Clovers

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I'm still waiting for my interfacing to come in the mail to complete my Starlet Suit Jacket... so in the meantime... As one of the many Sew Weekly Contributors participating in Sew Weekly's "green challenge" week, I sewed a pair of Clover trousers.  I couldn't resist - the name and the challenge were too good together. Front pocket detail + daffodils! Fabric: 1.5m stretch brown denim (dyed to dark olive) purchased at Stoffen Spektakel in Amsterdam.  I used scrap cotton for the pockets. Pattern: Colette Clover + self-drafted swayback triangle pattern pieces Year: 2011 ⁃ Notions: invisible zipper Time to...

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Finished Objects: Ravelympics Projects

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I was able to participate in the Ravelympics:  a knitting event coordinated with the Winter Olympics timetable.  Rules: Challenge yourself to knit a project or two during the span of the Winter Olympics.  I reached all my goals except one... I could not finish the Percy Shawl in time, but it's almost done... Here are my finished projects with their corresponding Ravelympic medals Sam's Longhorns and Diamonds hat My Hepburn / Drops Remix: The Hepstar in Moss vest    My dyed yarn:  "Bluebird" and "Tealy Dan"

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Another Adventure Dyeing Things Blue

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A new colorwork project dictates that I must have the perfect colors for the pattern.  So, in advance of working on Little Birds by Ysolda Teague I have searched through my stash and decided upon these colorways from my Wollmeise sock yarn... Fuchsia Nobody's Perfect Wasabi and... A light blue that didn't exist until I hand-dyed it earlier in the week.  Here is the story, in photos, of it's birth.  I'm calling it bluebird. First it was a hank of Wollmeise 100% Natur, and it was subject to trial by fire in a hot pot of near-boiling water with a...

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Adventures in Hand-Dyeing Yarn

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I had this mystery cone of yarn that was acquired on a road trip with friends of mine.  She had it in the back seat of her car and wasn't sure she would ever use it, so I gladly gave it a home in my stash... that was last year.  I washed it to remove the machine oils and made a few swatches of it singled/doubled...   Then, another knitting friend decided to bestow upon me some dye that she wasn't interested in anymore.  I ended up with two little bottles of Ashford dye.  I've always wanted to try it,...

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