Dye-Day

I’m having a lot of fun learning how to dye yarn. From tutorials on the Internet and Ravelry groups, I’ve really accumulated a lot of information. My absolute favorite source right now is The Dyer’s Notebook Podcast hosted by Laura Jinks Jimenez. You can find the podcast here and on iTunes and YouTube. While I haven’t quite become brave enough to try dyeing with acid dyes, I have tried some of the techniques that I’ve seen with food coloring. Here’s a little pictorial of how my dye-day went.

I have two inexpensive pots that I use.  (I think they’re a bit too tall but perfect for hobby dyeing).  

 Here is the skein of yarn that I am trying resistance dip-Dyeing techniques on: 

 And here it is after four layers of color. (I really loved how it looked at this point).  

And after the black layer (I was very nervous now. Was it black all the way through?)

 

After I untwisted the yarn…yay!

  

Rinsed, dryed and ready to be reskeined. The yarn on the right was a dip-dye experiment. 

  

 Reskeined and ready to be wound into a cake. Or maybe I’ll just keep them out and look at them for a while! 💙💙💛💛💚💚💗💗 

Another InstaGiveaway

Destashing continues at the iknit2purl2 household.  For my third InstaGiveAway, I’ve put together the following goodies:

 

 How do you get a chance to win this awesome yarn and booklet?

  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m iknit2purl2 there too!) AND
  • Like the picture above on Instagram AND
  • Tag 5 friends in the Instagram comments section.

I will randomly pick a winner after midnight on Sunday March 29, 2015. Good luck everyone!

Giveaway Details

    • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
    • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
    • One (1) Winner will receive:
      1. One (1) skein of The Verdant Gryphon Eidos fingering weight yarn (100% superwash merino wool, 4 0z-420 yards) in Medusa
      2. One (1) skein of Have You Any Wool Simplicity Sock (100% superwash merino wool, 430 yards, 115 g/40z) in Tart
      3. One (1) skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn (pure superwash merino yarn approx. 400 yds, 3.5 oz) in Arco Iris
      4. KnitPicks Stroll Fingering (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 462 yds/100g) in Blue Violet Tonal
      5. Tsocks 101 – Learn to Knit Socks Kit by Tsarina of Tsocks with skein of yarn and size 2 needles
    • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight Monday, March 30, 2015.
    • Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins.  Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn and book will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.
    • A random number generator will be used to determine who wins.

Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog! Happy Knitting!

Yarn Storage Makeover

Every once in a while, I like to go through my yarn stash and really organize it. Usually, I keep my yarn in plastic resealable or zippered bags and store the bags mostly under my bed although there are a few in my closet and in the guest room. Ultimately, I’d love to take photos and upload them to Ravelry. But for now, safe storage is what I have in mind. Displaying yarn on shelves and even in cabinets is not really an option for me: our cat loves to steal (“hunt”???) my yarn and bring it to my daughter in her room as a gift!

A while ago, I blogged about yarn storage here. Unfortunately, it appears that the company where I ordered those great storage bags is no longer in business. Since then, I’ve been using the occasional zippered plastic bag from mattress pads and blankets (sending a child off to college results in a lot of packaging that can be recycled). But those zippers tend to break easily and I needed a better solution. So I turned to some of the nifty products I’ve found at my grocery store and from The Container Store. Also, I picked up a few bags of cedar balls to store with the yarn in case any teeny-tiny unwanted visitors wanted to check out my yarn stash.

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I’m hoping the cedar keeps any pests away from my yarn just like it does with wool sweaters. I’d hate to find my yarn ruined by not taking care of it.

I’ve started to take some photos of some of my yarn with a quick note about name/weight/number of skeins. That way, when I do upload the photos onto Ravelry, I’ll have a handy reference of yarn info readily available.

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Do you have any clever ways to store your yarn? Share here!!

Poolin’ Around

Recently, I acquired some really pretty yarn. Really pretty. I love the Spring-y colors of Light Strawberry, Pale Pink, Goldenrod and Light Aqua.
But, like so many variegated yarns, it pools…

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The top photo shows the yarn which has been reskeined. Reskeining is done to give you an idea of how the yarn might look when knitted. The bottom two photos show my progress on a sock that I started last night. I’ve cast-on 64 stitches and I’m using my go-to US Size 1.5 needles. I don’t like the pooling effect that has resulted. I’m going to frog back to the cuff and try again with US Size 1 needles:

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Ahhhh! Much Better! I love the resulting stripe-y effect. Good thing I was in the mood to swatch! :)

Spring Fling Atlanta 2015

 

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I stopped by Spring Fling today on my way to the mall in Atlanta. I was excited to stop by Gale’s Art Booth as well as the Knitty and Color booth (which was not included on the flyer). I think I learned that both would be at Spring Fling from Instagram of all places. I pulled into the Perimeter Marriott and found a parking space (there was an anime event at the hotel as well so the parking lot was already full before noon) and walked over to the tent where the Spring Fling event is being held.
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I just gotta say, that tent is much smaller than it appears. Once inside, I could barely move – it was that crowded.  I would say the event was a great success for the event planners. The owner of my local yarn store said that, last year, the First Spring Fling was very small and the turnout was somewhat disappointing. Hopefully, the event will grow into a larger space next year; especially since Stitches South will not be held in Atlanta this year (it has relocated to Nashville).

I made my way around to the Knitty and Color Booth,  Sarah, the owner, pointed out her popular colorways. I wound up buying three of them!

IMG_8137From left to right, Frabjous Day in the Hardcore Sock Base (75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon, 463 yards/100 g),  Ain’t It Fun! in the Hardcore Sock Base (75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon, 463 yards/100 g),  and Daydreaming in the Glam Rock Sparkle Sock Base ( 75% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon/5% Stellina, 438 yards/100g).  I just love the intense, saturated colors of these yarns and can’t wait to start knitting with them!!!  In case you can’t make it to Spring Fling this afternoon or tomorrow, you can find Sarah’s yarns at Knitty and Color on Etsy.

After leaving the Knitty and Color booth, I slowly made my way back to the front of the venue to the Gale’s Art Booth.  While she had fabulous colorways available in fiber and DK weight yarn, there were no skeins of sock yarn in sight.  And you know me, I love a pretty skein of sock yarn! The rest of the booths were mainly local yarn stores selling finished knitted goods and yarn kits and their usual stock of yarn.  Spring Fling is a great place to go if you’d like to sample some of the local yarn stores all at once.  I hope next year, the event planners can find some more indie dyers to participate (this event is competing with the DFW Fiber Fest this year) and hopefully get a larger venue.

Have you attended any Fiber Festivals this year?  Do you have plans to attend one? Do you prefer the indie dyer booths or the LYS booths?  Share HERE!!

Have a great weekend!

Insta-YarnGiveAway #2

Destashing continues at the iknit2purl2 household.  For my second InstaGiveAway, I’ve put together the following goodies:

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How do you get a chance win this awesome yarn and book?

  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m iknit2purl2 there too!) AND
  • Like the picture above on Instagram AND
  • Repost that image and use the TAG #iknit2purl2
  • I will randomly pick a winner on Monday, March 16, 2015. Good luck everyone!

    Giveaway Details:

  • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
  • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
  • One (1) Winner will receive:
    • One (1) skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight Yarn in the Firebird Colorway (360 yards, 329m, 4.5 oz/127g, 100% Superwash Merino Yarn)
    • One (1) skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select yarn in the colorway Old Rose (4 oz/420 yds 100% Superwash Merino Supersoft-Lower Micron yarn )
    • One (1) skein of Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga Yarn in the colorway Spanish Shawl ( 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 420 yards, 4oz)
    • One (1) copy of Sock Knitting Master Class by Anne Budd (includes DVD)
    • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight Monday, March 16, 2015.
    • Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins.  Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn and book will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.
    • A random number generator will be used to determine who wins

    Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog! Happy Knitting!

  • Knitty Confessions #6

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    In my early knitting days, I never would have thought about partially frogging a WIP. I couldn’t imagine picking up all those stitches. Nowadays, I seem to do this without a moment of stress (about the process anyway) and merrily rip back a project to correct a mistake or change a pattern. In the past, I might have lived with the mistake or frogged the whole project because I couldn’t even begin to contemplate taking the stitches off the needle.

    Frogging is a rather intimidating thought for beginners. If I’m working a flat piece, I try to frog back to where the next row is a Right Side Row. If I’m knitting in the round, I frog back to the beginning of a row. Then, I just concentrate on getting all the stitches back on the needles.

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    Sometimes, this process results in a few “slipped” stitches in the middle of the row. I just go back around and fix them by re-knitting them before I start the next round of knitting. In the case of purl stitches, I just turn the WIP over to the wrong side and re-knit it. In a few minutes, I’m back on track and re-working my project.

    How do you fix a knitting mistake? Share here!