July 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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My fingertips are green.  And under my fingernails.  I felt like dying yarn this evening, which pretty much means that I will get green all over me because the bottle leaked puddles of green all over everything in my little yarn-dying supply tub.  So I have to pretty much stick my fingers right in a puddle of green dye every time I’m playing with the crockpot, even when I’m dying something orange or blue or purple.

Not that I mind being green.  It is one of my favorite colors.  My house is surrounded by a jungle of green leaves.  But I hope it washes off by the time I go to work tomorrow, because I think my boss is somewhat likely to make a comment on the discoloration of my fingers, and I never know how to respond to her random comments.


useful information

December 30, 2008 at 12:48 am | Posted in learning | Comments Off on useful information
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I have been playing with my drop spindle this evening. I hadn’t used it in a while, but I got some roving for christmas, which inspired me. First I spun a little clump of roving in a color I didn’t really like, for practice. It was sort of a tan/brown color that didn’t look good with any of the other colors of roving. But it was still fun to spin! Then I tied it into a little skein and dragged the crockpot out of the closet and now I’m dyeing it green! Then I started spinning some of the other roving. I combined a red clump with an orange clump and part of a dark green clump, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of this spinning thing. The second collection of colors looks quite festive, and I can’t wait to see it all twisted up in a skein, and S said that she’d probably like to knit something with it. Yay!

So, anyway, I wanted to post this blog entry to share a useful link. With handspun yarn, the next step after spinning is to set the twist. This blog has a nice detailed set of instructions that helped refresh my memory on how and why to do that. Here’s the link: http://gamerknitterwritergeek.blogspot.com/2007/05/blocking-handspun-yarn.html


May 19, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I’ve been dyeing tons and tons of yarn in the new crockpot.  Well, maybe not literally tons, but lots anyway.  But the other night I left some red wool in there and walked away, and then I fell asleep, and, well, it wascooking for a really long time and the water even started boiling.  I don’t know how long it boiled before I got back to it.  Luckily the water didn’t all boil away and cause a housefire or anything.  But I’ve washed the yarn repeatedly and it still smells a little…toasted.  Woops.  I’ve got it hanging out on the porch now, airing out.  Maybe that will help?  Strangely, the texture doesn’t seem to have been affected.  Somehow this experience makes me want to knit some kind of monster with this skein of yarn.  I think it’s a guilt monster.

meet my crock

May 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Posted in craft tools | Leave a comment
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L does her yarn dyeing in crockpots, and she was telling me how easy it is.  You can just walk away and let the yarn soak up the color.  And she has created some lovely results!

I saw a crockpot for sale at a thrift shop recently, and I went back and forth about whether to get it, and finally didn’t because I didn’t want to carry it home.  But today I decided to go back and see if it was still there.  And it was.  And now it’s plugged in, sitting on my kitchen counter, and contains a sweater that wanted to be purple.

I have blue fingers again, just like last time I played with dye, because I just can’t resist sticking my hands in and squishing things around.

crockpot by the back door

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