Thursday, July 22, 2010

Something up on Etsy!

I finally got off my butt and took some pictures of the sparklies. If anyone is in the market for stitch markers please go to my etsy page!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Some other stuff I have dyed in my slacker phase...

Sport weight superwash wool-A lilac and pink mix, and a trial of my mad hatter colorway.

DK weigh wool/alpaca blend-experimental cheshire cat colorway.

And this is the reason I haven't tried to sell anything yet. So far I have been unsuccessful in keeping the furry helpers out of the finished works. And now I will have to soak them before putting them up for sale ><

Productivity at last!

This weekend I was productive. Friday night I overdyed 9 balls of yarn that I had obtained (probably in a fit of yarn lust), but had not ever found projects for. Saturday I made 9 sets of stitch markers to put up for sale on Etsy. Don't look me up yet, because I haven't take pictures of the stitch markers to go up, but they will be there soon, since my yarn diet does not end until I can sell something that I have made, and the Wollmeise updates taunt me wickedly.

Anyway I thought I would use this post to document the dyeing process. I am not including pictures of the wine being drunk, but know that it is definitely an important step.

Step 1: Soak the yarn. This makes the dye take more evenly and removes oil, dust, cat hair, etc. This is generally when the drinking and conversing about what pretty colors you want to make begins.

Step 2: Remove excess liquid from the skeins and decide exactly where to start. Since the drinking has already been going on for 20 minutes while the yarn was soaking, the colors are generally not what was decided minutes earlier while the yarn was soaking. Here is a particularly interesting color that I chose not to keep.

Step 3: Decide whether or not you are happy with the end product. At least happy enough to move on to something new and exciting.

After that you just let the pretties dry and then decide whether they need to repeat the process.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Sorry to be such a slacker lately. I have dyed a few balls and am trying to get motivated to post pics and possibly get a ball or two up on etsy, but my avakitty has been having issues with his hind parts, and I have been spending too much time with baby wipes and cat heineys. I promise I will have pictures of the new pretties up soon, and I may even get a chance to dye another ball.

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Yarn to Dye!!!

This morning I paid for an order of superwash sport and alpaca DK bases. I am terribly excited and I hope that the Alpaca yarn is as soft as I want it to be. I love alpaca! Also on order are samples of some silk, alpaca, wool, and mohair mixes. Look forward to fun & colorful skeins and if anyone has any ideas/requests let me know! I can potentially get 6 different colors out of this order, and I am always looking for excuses to buy more.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The plans for this is to split the large orange ball into two sock sized cakes. Then I can use either be blue or green ball to do the toe and heels. The other ball will be fought over by my knitter friends or will serve as a gift. Right now I am leaning towards using the bluer coordinating ball.

Take Two

These I can theoretically recreate within in reasonable expectations! I love them both the purple green is in the process of becoming Dragonscale Mitts.( My husband has claimed the blue ball for socks, but if anyone gets attached to these let me know and I will make another ball!