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: 

  

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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!)

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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. 

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Bad schooling…

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

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

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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.

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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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We do love green

Out and about to discover the amazing greens at this time of year. I can’t help but thinking of them i terms of madelinetosh color names…

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This one if with Tove in mind. I know she’s very fond of the rich varm greens.

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And this one is more for me as I tend to fall in love with teal and turquoise.

Just a couple images for inspiration!

 

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The pattern testing adventure

I’ve never tested patterns before, but it’s been an experience! It’s good actually, and from now on I shall try to have all patterns tested.

Tove said there were forums for this on Ravelry so I had a look and found an extremely strict one. (I was sweating when posting there, honestly). And Tove was like “What forum is that???!?”. 

I like clear ground rules. It simplifies a lot and you know what to expect. I’m all for a method of doing things, but it took me a while to figure out what is wrong here.

This forum shouldn’t be a forum. It should be a ticket system. Like an issue management system similar to Jira by Atlassian for example. (IT geek warning, yes, I know, sorry! But just in case the mod team would see this post it could be helpful information.)

In fact, this is what happens when you use technical solutions the wrong way. The administration becomes wast and the framework extensive and intimidating. The thing is that ususlly the people who started it up are completely unaware of it. They’ve been there from the beginning and they know it through and through. This, while newbees are scared away. So perhaps Ravelry needs a ticket solution in the future where you can set up workflows for groups with methods like this.



In the end I got some amazing help and feedback for the Dagny beret and I got to meet a couple of really nice knitters. There’s obviously much more to gain than just to have your patterns tested!

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