Photos and more

Hi girls, today is saturday and I hope you will have some crafting time this weekend. I’ve done most of my housework chores today and hope to have time tomorrow to indulge in some knitting. Now I finally took some photos of my latest sweaters because it’s always nice to see the sweater actually worn and not just flat on a bed so here goes:

photo 5 (12) photo 1 (31) photo 2 (30) This is the cardigan I made for my daughter. I love the shaping on the front and sides – you can see the details in the photos. I’m thinking of making one for myself as well.

photo 3 (23) photo 4 (17) photo 5 (11) And the Enchanted Mesa by Stephen West, I love the outcome and the colours work nicely together I feel. My daughter has asked for one for her too but she would like me to tweek the pattern and have both sleeves begin at the same place and I think that might be a good idea.

I also finished plying some yarn photo 2 (26)

And then this week I did some dyeing. It’s been months since I last did some dyeing, with our moving houses and all I have not had the possibility of dyeing my yarn as before and this week I just HAD TO do some dyeing, it was an uncontrollable urge and so I did. I had read on a blog how someone had done dyeing with kool aid and ice cubes and thought that could be fun to try and so I did. Well yes it is fun but I’m not convinced of that as a method.

photo 3 (17) photo 4 (12) I chose my colours and made some ice cubes and while they were in the freezer I soaked my yarn in water and vinegar. Then I put my yarn into these buckets and placed the ice cubes all around and waited for them to dissolve. Regularly I would take a peak and move the yarn and ice cubes around to get colour everywhere.

photo 5 (8) photo (13) This moving the yarn around resulted in me having beautifully RED fingers for a while 🙂

But in the end I found that the ice cubes had not coloured the yarn as I had hoped for so I decided to finish the yarn with a regular immersion dyeing method. And as you can see below I had two dye baths, one red and the other sort of yellow/orange peachy type of colour

photo 3 (19)

After a while the yarn had completely soaked up the dye photo (15) and here you can see he yarn and the water around it is clear.

photo 2 (24) Here the yarn is drying.

And here you can see the results:photo 1 (30) photo 1 (29)

And more clearly perhaps:

photo 5 (9) photo 4 (15) photo 3 (21) photo 4 (16) photo 2 (29)All in all I dyed 5 skeins. This is a fingering weight yarn: 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% silver stellina. Each skein weighs 100 gr for 400 meters. And all skeins are now available for sale in my shop here

Thats all for now ladies. I hope you have a nice weekend with lots of time for your favorite craft 🙂

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