Archive for the ‘Dyeing’ Category

I’ve finally got my late winter or early spring hat completed. I haven’t had much time to spend on fun things. We moved my mom into an elderly apartment complex and our son moved into his own place. All of this in late February and March.  So now I’m trying to help my sisters and brother with cleaning out Mom’s house. This has to be done by June 1st.

Back to my hat, I dyed with kool aid, jello and Wilton’s cake dye. I used my own hand spun yarns.

Blue-Royal blue cake dye

Ghoul aid-KA

Red-orange + cherry KA

Yellow-lemon jello

Light orange- peach jello

Green-light tan alpaca + Lemon-lime KA

Natural white


Hat Top 2015

Cat Hat 2 Pixie approved.


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I have been busy dyeing and spinning for the last few months.  But yet I don’t feel like I have gotten anything accomplished.  I did have fun with Kool aid and gentian violet.  Gentian violet is a medicinal dye used to treat yeast infections.  The wool used for the gentian violet was Scottish Blackface, it’s a little on the harsh side, just right to use for the feet in socks.

Scottish Blackface Gentian Violet

Scottish Blackface

Kool Aid 2013

For this batch of kool-aid dyed wool I used an adult romney fleece.  It was a beautiful fleece that took the kool-aid well.  I am almost done spinning up this batch.  Will be using in sock tops and in the sock feet with a mohair carry along yarn for strength.

A couple of weeks ago I found a spinning wheel on Craig’s List that just called my name to come and rescue.  It had all of it’s parts but you could tell it was a very old wheel.  So we took a little trip about two hours west of our home and brought her home, she needed very little repair, just a new front maiden bearing and a good cleaning.  Turns out she was also signed by  her maker “G:Yunker”, according to Spinning Wheels and Accessories   by Pennington and Taylor, he was a maker that lived in PA/OH.  In their book this wheel is referred to as a “Left-foot” wheel because of the way the treadle is built.  The cross over brace goes from right to left to accommadate the uprightness of the wheel.  She is a little fussy but she does spin a very fine yarn.

Post Clean wheel

Post clean

I finally took the plunge and knitted a TAM, they have always looked difficult to me, so I took on the challenge to my brain.  Here is the results of my challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, but at least I didn’t say F—it and frog it. I learned so much about the construction of the tam and strand knitting it was worth the challenge.  The tan yarn is alpaca and the dyed yarns are various wools from other projects.  Blocked it over a large dinner plate and run some cotton around the opening edge and pulled it up to stretch it out.






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Sleepy Sunday afternoon


I haven’t been doing much this winter, I’m hoping with spring coming I’ll find some ambition and get to spinning again.  I did do some kool aid dyeing. I have usually dyed the roving before spinning, but this time I spun first then dyed.  The wool is dorset, used the microwave method to dye with.

Dorset handspun

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This is my first attempt at knitting gloves on a knitting machine.  I used my KH588  using the patterning feature for the diamond design.  I used my handspun alpaca for the main color and a mixed breed wool for the contrast color.  The alpaca is a natural rose grey and the wool used for the contrast color was dyed with “Red, White and Blue” kool-aid.

I broke the glove down into sections: Cuff, Palm/Back(main body), thumb, fingers.  I was using a drawing of my BIL’s hand for basic dimensions.  Did a test swatch of my yarn for gauge and went from there hoping for the best.  I hope they fit.

MK Gloves

MK Gloves 3

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I managed to get a couple of things done this fall.  These were knit on my KH588 knitting machine.

Stocking hat: Gold is dyed St Bernard hair , Brown is natural mixed breed wool. Used Jaquard dye for the gold.

Koolaid dyed wool with St Bernard (Tan)  natural colored hair.

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This was the fifth year that we had attended the festival, we only stayed for the Friday show though, needed to get home inorder to get rested up for the new week. It takes us five and a half hours to get there and none of us really travel well.  I had a chance to visit with some of the vendors this year, which is something that I hadn’t been able to do in the past because we have usually gone on Saturdays and they are sooo busy.  I have some pictures of the three of the vendors that I had a chance to visit with.

Sharon Lawson with her husband have a fiber processing business in Wapello, IA. I got some of her beautiful blended merino rovings.  She does all kinds of fibers from the merinos to exotics, including dehairing.

100% Merino with blended colors

100% Merino

Merino with Silk Noil

Black Merino with silk noils blended in.

East Friesian Cross Dairy Sheep

Deb Bender from “East Friesian Cross Dairy Sheep” had some very lovely fleeces.  This is fleece is an  E.Friesian X Polypay.  I couldn’t wait to get it washed up and ready for spinning.  It will make great socks and other outer wear clothing.  I love the natural varigation in color with this fleece.

Raw fleece

Staple length

 Washed Fleece

Washed and out to dry.

 I had the opportunity  to visit with Tracy Schuh from “Interlacements Yarns” at the motel we were both staying at.  Wish I have of signed up for her dye class, maybe next time.  I stopped by her table and picked up some dyed roving pieces, she was busy with her classes so I got a  picture of  a couple of her helpers. 

Interlacement Yarns


So beautiful, I have no sense of color at all and I am in awe of anyone that does.

 All the people pictured here gave me their verbal approval to be shown in this blog and I’m so happy they did.  All in all we had a lot fun.

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Kool-Aid and Jello Dye

Dyed natural colored Jacob wool with Kool-Aid:

Jello Dyed Rambouillet wool:


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