Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Results...

The wool that we solar dyed last weekend has been rinsed, hung to dry and is ready to knit! 

These four skeins are Patons Classic Wool that were dyed with Kool Aid and Wilton's cake dyes.  The previous post describes the process we used to dye the wool if you are interested in having some fun of your own.

These 2 skeins were overdyed with Kool Aid using a mix of grape and cherry for the skein on the left and grape and orange for the skein on the right.

These 2 skeins were dyed with the Wilton's cake dyes.  The skein on the left is a mix of aquamarine and copper while the skein the right is just aquamarine. Since the multi coloured skein was dyed in a smaller jar, the wool and the dye didn't have any "swirling" room and that was what caused the white sections.  I am calling them a design feature instead of a mistake. Surprises are part of the fun of dyeing your own wool; you never know exactly what you are going to end up with.
The solid aquamarine wool is going to be wound tonight and cast on for a pair of socks knit on two needles.  I have a new pattern and can't wait to try it out!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Solar Dyeing Day

What a fun day we had yesterday solar dyeing wool.  We used Paton Classic Wool and Patons Kroy sock yarn.

First we made the balls into skeins.  This one is being made by hand but others were done on the swift. The skeins were tied in three places with acrylic yarn.  You want to use acrylic or cotton for your ties so that they do not take up the dye and are easy to find.

The skeins soaked for 20-30 mins in a pail of warm water with a couple drops of dish soap to open the fiber so it will absorb the dye easier.

Since we were using my kitchen to work in we only used Kool Aid and Wilton cake dyes.  We mixed up our dye with hot tap water, poured it onto our large jars, added 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar depending on how many skeins were going into the jar.  We used approx. 1/2 cup for 100g of wool.  If in doubt more is better.  The vinegar (and heat) is what sets the dye.

Add your yarn and carefully top up the jar with hot water if needed. Put the lid on and set in the sun.

Here are our jars ready to sit in the sun for a day or two.  Since we finished this mid afternoon they didn't get a lot of direct sun and the temperature inside the jar only reached 45 degrees. The plan was to leave them outside all day today but the weather didn't cooperate and it was a cloudy day. So, they will sit outside again tomorrow waiting for some sunshine.

After all the yarn was dyed we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with our knitting and answered questions about what all the jars were about from the neighbours!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spinrite Tent Sale!

Yesterday was the first day of the 2 week Spinrite Tent Sale  in Listowel, Ontario.  It is amazing to say the least.  It is totally worth a couple of hours driving for the deals.  Here is a recap of our shopping trip.

There were free patterns to pick up on the way into the tent.

Then we were off to spend a couple of hours yarn shopping both in the tent and in the store.  When you buy 3 bags of the same yarn you get the 4th free.  How can you resist a deal like that?  I had to recruit two of the Knitting Goddesses to help me sort out my sock yarn.

We all managed to fill one or two bags with yarn and the lucky Knitter in the picture below came away with 4 full bags!! She wasn't kidding when she said was on a mission to come home with a stash of yarn.

This is what I brought home and it all fit into one bag.  I am very proud of the restraint that I showed this year.

Here is a closer look.  4 bags of Classic Wool and the rest is Kroy sock yarn.  What can I say, there was a great selection of sock yarn colours this year ;)

I did some math and this is how it all broke down.  20 balls of Classic Wool and 123 balls of Kroy sock yarn; hmmm, maybe I did get a little carried away there.

My budget was $200 and I spent $193.  One of our local stores is selling Classic Wool for $6.99 and Kroy for $7.99 if I had bought all of this yarn there the total would have been $1,122.57 a $929 savings.  Crazy.

I also made it into the background of the Crochet Crowd's video standing in line to pay.  If I had known I would have done something worthy of being in a video like hold up my yarn or at least smile! (I am at the 34-36 sec mark on the left)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Goodbye Gift

One of our Knitting Goddesses is moving across the country this weekend so we couldn't let her leave without a goodbye party at our Monday Night Knitting night.  There were lots of hugs, goodbyes and a few tears.
On one of the days that I was helping her pack her yarn stash (yes, it took more than one day) I pulled out some balls of yarn from the bags that she was giving away and decided to knit her a scarf before she left.

This is what I came up with.  I mixed and matched the yarns, knit it lengthwise and make the fringe as I went.
I was really happy with how it turned out; colourful, warm and the right length.  I also bought sock yarn for both of use to knit the same pair of socks.  Sort of a knit a long once they get out west.

Another Knitter is also a wonderful artist and gave her beautiful picture for her new home.

Good luck on this exciting adventure!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vacation Shopping

A trip to Docknits in Port Elgin was totally worth the long drive. I seemed to be in a sock yarn mood. I came home with 6 balls of Regia and Noro. The one ball is even shades of pink; not my colours at all but I couldn't resist it.