the kenny game aka telephone pictionary

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Sheep and Wool

September 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in learning | 3 Comments
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Yesterday, my friend L and I went to the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival.  It was quite fun!  We got to see alpacas, llamas, angora rabbits, goats, and (of course) many sheep, including ones with curly horns, and little ones bleating pitifully while being shorn.  We held some of the bunnies, and took pictures of ourselves.

There were also lots of vendors with every fiber-related product and supply you could think of.  It was raining outside, so it got a little steamy-humid inside the convention buildings, but it wasn’t too bad.  And there was so much to look at!  L and I got to have a little lesson on how to use a spinning wheel, but neither of us had much success.  I kept managing to make my wheel turn the wrong way, which tangled my infant yarn all up, and L’s yarn kept breaking.  We enjoyed ourselves, though.  Then we decided that maybe drop spindles would be easier to start learning on, so we each bought one, plus some roving in various pretty colors.  And then when we got home last night, we gave it a go, with the help of some youtube instructional videos.  It was a little hard at first, but eventually we both got the hang of it.  I’ll write another blog post with pictures of my learning yarn as soon as I charge my camera batteries.

I sort of wish I could keep a sheep in my front yard.  There were some really cute ones for sale there with a big sign next to them about how they would normally cost you 300 dollars, but their festival price was only 100 dollars.  They ran away from me when I tried to pet them, though.

Kool-aid is cool, man! Yeah, far out!

January 8, 2008 at 2:05 am | Posted in craft tools, ideas, projects | 1 Comment
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I bought a little twist of white silk yarn from my favorite handspinner at the farmer’s market.  She said that I could dye it with Kool-aid.  So I bought a bunch of kool-aid, and looked up the instructions online.

 But I can never do with just one little twist of yarn.  I want a whole flood of yarn!  So I also rooted through my stash and collected a bunch of different wool that I thought could do with a color change.  You have to use protein fiber for this sort of dyeing, the instructions said, so that’s why I was looking for wool in particular.  And silk is protein, too.

 So, I’ve been working on this project all evening, and my fingers are sort of purple.  Oh, I’ve been having so much fun!  I can’t wait to knit or crochet something with this stuff!

 Actually, I did already knit a little leaf-shaped swatch.  I have a plan to knit a hat with some of the other yarn, and then to sew the leaf onto it as decoration.

Here are the instructions I used.  Knitty.com is a great website, full of interesting patterns and such: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html 

One “before” picture: silk yarn

And lots of “after” pictures:

yarn on drying rack

yarn

more yarn

knit leaf

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