Dyeing with cold colors (Jeaba)

Dyeing with cold colors like Jeaba (which is the ones we tried) is more like painting your yarn. The colors are liquids that you blend as you like. There are yellow, blue, red, pink and purple available. Additionally there’s a transparent and a black. The transparent is used to make your color blends lighter and the black to make the blends darker.

Depending on how you apply the colors you will also affect the shading. If you work in just a little of your color blend to the skein you get lighter shades and if you use more color you get more vibrant shades.

I usually prepare some plastic food wrap and place the dry skein on it. The color blends I put in bowls next to me. Then I apply a little at the time working my way around the skein. Once I’m satisfied I wrap the plastic around the skein and let it rest over night.


Then I wash the skein thoroughly in cold water and hang it to dry.


My cold colors: The green blend and the violet and blue blend.

Tove's cold colors

Tove’s cold colors.


Jacquard acid dyeing 

I bought these dyes in California last summer but hasn’t tried them until now. Out of the four colours I bought, we tried three: Periwinkle, Deep Orange and Vermillion. 

We started with Periwinkle, which came out a deep purpley blue that reminded us of the Tardis. We did two 100g skeins at the same time and ended up having to add more dye twice to avoid undyed bits remaining. 

These rather creepy looking dye baths are Deep Orange and Vermillion respectively. I ended up adding quite a bit of Vermillion to my orange since it was bright bright BRIGHT orange. I also had a partial sock yarn skein I dunked in this bath once this skein was all done. 

Finally, in the morning when I realised I had dyed my merino silk in crazy colours using Kool Aid… I overdyed it with Periwinkle.

Here are my skeins:

 The two on the left are from the same dye bath! Crazy to see what the different fibre does.  The two blue ones are from different dye baths. I actually really love how the red from the crazy Kool Aid experiment came through the Periwinkle: 



Color weekend!!!

Naa, we didn’t throw our own Holi exactly, even if you might think we did looking at the colorful limbs and tables and what not… (I decided to wear black for the occasion which seems like one of my brighter moments).

We spent a whole afternoon, and some bits of the following morning (and I’m sure Tove can explain all about that extra dying in the morning…), dying yarn. This was a bit of a try-out-different-ways-of-dying. So we tried cold colors (Jeaba), Jacquard Acid, Cool Aid and food colors. We will talk more about the different ways of dying yarn in a couple of coming blog posts.

The result was however quite stunning! Some crazy, but most really colorful and sooo beautiful! (And just because I think you love pictures as much as we do I’ve added a lot of them!)


The spell of beads

Anyone who has followed the blog knows about my obsession with beads and especially gemstone beads. Some of them had too small holes for knitting so Tove’s bracelet idea has come as a blessing to my bead stash. 

I’m thinking of Chesire from Alice in Wonderland, but Tove suggested sunset (surprisingly…)

Space, stars, nebulas and planets 😉
A little ancient Egypt about this set. 


Bad schooling…

You know my little gray one? The yarn loving nuisance? Yes, him, he doesn’t respect garden orchids and their beds.


But worst of all, he seems to have very little respect for baby angels. This just might get him into trouble one day…



Rainbow shawl finished

My Soft Rainbow Shawl by Zsuzsa Kiss is finished. Mine is knitted in Twisted Fibre Art’s Evolution. I did a 5 section shawl and knitted all charts once, but the last chart I had to cut down a bit. So I knitted the first 4 rows plus wrong side rows and the last 5 rows plus wrong side rows. Of course with minor modifications to make the last rows fit.

It looks almost blue in the pictures, but is in fact teal and brown.





Rainbow shawl progress

I’ve not been knitting an awfully lot lately, but just a few weeks ago I picked up my Rainbow Shawl again. It is almost finished. Right now I have about 4 more rows to go and bind off. So I’m trying to get through these rows. I’m knitting 5 sections and every chart once, but because I don’t have enough yarn I’m skipping some rows in the last chart.

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And here’s one shot from the one time I’ve spend knitting in the hammock this summer. If it’s not too cold, it’s either raining of it’s wet. I don’t mind it terribly, but some people might want to hang me for saying that.

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And here’s enjoying the knitting evenings with my cats, some tee and Miss Fisher.

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Normally I’d say this is pretty useless as far as finished objects go in the middle of the summer, but it’s currently raining and 13C sooooo…


I love them. The yarn is like a hug for your feet. Not sold on the sweet tomato heel. One of these has a bazillion huge loops on the inside of the short rows… And it’s not even the first one I made so I can’t blame the new technique.