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Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 year of sweaters for me

Long story short, best resolution for 2014 was to knit stuff for ME.

Here is my January sweater


Open sweater perfect for chilly California nights



Classic back a little below waist



Raglan detail



I modified the original pattern as I wanted a longer sweater


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Pattern: McIntosh from Gudrun Johnston
2 skeins of Bruin


Monday, May 19, 2014

A little taste of San Francisco

As much as I love this city, I don't go as often as I would like.
It is a beautiful city and always like taking plenty of pictures.

Let me show you my city








Friday, May 9, 2014

Testing more dyes, part 2


Continuing in my search for different colors, 

I have tested Country classic dyes, found at Paradise Fibers

A full smidgen of the following on 20 g of BFL DK




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Desert rose



Lobster bisque



Poppy red



Terra cotta



Chestnut




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Charcoal



Mustard



Avocado



Nautical blue



Mountain aqua

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A bit more pricey than the other dyes,
but overall nice colors

more to come...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Testing more dyes, part 1

In a search of different colors, 
I have tried some new dyes for yarn.

I am starting with Cushing dye, found on Etsy.

Dust of dye of the following
coral
champagne
apricot
dark brown
taupe



Colors are nice in dust of dye, clear pastel colors.

Will explore more!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Over dyeing experiment

For this you need, 
- some old Joann's yarn
- some dharma dye
- lots of fun



yarn prepared for dyeing

4 green, 1 blue



Green with sage leaf


Green with avocado


Blue with antique mauve


Green with peacock blue


Green with tobacco leaf

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A big difference, isn't it!!




Friday, May 2, 2014

✿ New baby blanket ✿ . . . ♥ with my own colors ♥

I confess I really like making baby blankets, it is so cute ant it makes people feel so happy!!

So I always find a way to reinvent it one way or another 
while browsing stores, magazines, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram

But every time I was attracted on a particular color combination, 
I could never find the perfect yarn for it. 

Then I started to experiment dyeing yarn here and there for the past few years and 
I am finally coming up with colors I really like.

With the same recipe found here, I have came up with a dozen new colors,
Some nice, some less nice...


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I started with a few soft baby girl colors:
pale pink, mauve, chestnut, beige, and sand grey

but once finished the blanket was to small 
so I am probably going to add another color for the next one.



The pattern is really simple as it is all knit rows.
It gives the blanket a rich texture and a ultra soft feeling, 
perfect combination for a baby blanket.

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Size: 60 x 70 cm
Yarn: Cashmere/Merino wool blend
Weight: worsted/aran









I hope other people will like the colors too as I plan to have the baby blankets for sale soon.


I selected a nice worsted cashmere blend for a luxury soft baby blanket
and plenty of yarn to continue experimenting.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring baby shower

A new baby shower order for a little boy








Blanket
Yarn: 100% merino wool
Pattern: my own, tutorial here

Baby boots
Yarn: 100% merino wool
Pattern: my own



Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun dyeing . . . going wrong???

I had fun dyeing with one color but even more when mixing colors and see how it ends up


1. RB lemonade (Kool-aid) and smidgen of Sand Dune (Dharma dye)
2. Berry blasting cherry (Kool-aid) and smidgen of Salmon (Jacquard dye)
3. Smidgen of Twilight grey (Dharma dye) and dust of Teal (Jacquard dye)
4. Grape (Kool-aid) and smidgen of Burgundy (Jacquard dye)
5. Smidgen of Fawn (Dharma dye)
6. Smidgen of Green Juniper (Wilton food coloring)
7. Smidgen of royal blue (Jacquard dye)


All skeins are 25 g and dye mix dissolved in  100 ml of hot water.






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I pour in the mix little by little in the large ball,
remove the yarn,
pour a little again,
cook in microwave
and let it stand until water is clear.


but for the no 6, I forgot to remove the yarn 
before pouring the mix and voila...


... horrible camouflage color instead of a nice light green forest color.

Despite this skein, I like the rest of the color. 
The kool-aid helps to bring light to acid dye colors and a nice smell. 
The yarn remains soft despite me torturing it many times
I will be mixing again various dyes. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

2nd bash

I took the same yarn I had "dust dye" last week and 
pour a smidgen of the dye in 100 ml of hot water.
Dye was applied on now a 20g mini skeins.


I like the result with Dharma dye


It is not exactly like the picture on the web site 
but overall it is colors I can enjoy






I can't wait to dye more on large skeins.