Dyeing Fiber and Yarn more adventures

November 22nd, 2016 No comments

So back at Rhinebeck. I got 1lb. of BFL to start playing with in the dye pots.  I have been pondering dying since the summer and wanted to start dipping my toe in, and where better than Rhinebeck to get a pile of undyed wool instantly.  I also had picked up a couple skeins of undyed wool.

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So I had some fun prepping dye for both dying projects.  It took a while to decide what colors to do. And I’m still plotting more dyeing. So it will be fun. Though the next  plot I’m pondering, is dying a sweater’s worth of yarn.  Maybe in DK.

So first I shook up some lovely dye colors.  First up was the fiber, 60z in 2oz segments. And the rainbow was added to the pan for the dyeing.  I was a little worried that the yellow was completely gone but once I got to rinsing the dye. I was pleasantly surprised.

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And once dry I had my first batch of Pantsuit Nation.

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The yarn I went in a different direction and dyed, House Pride.  I think I would like to try it again, with a lighter gray for hufflepuff. And I now have some scarlet for Gryffindor.

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The colors of the four houses  were fun to work out and have happen in the yarn. I might actually have a couple of matching winter accessories.  I’ve already started a Rikke hat with one skein and I am thinking of a cowl with the other.

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I think that both projects went pretty well and as soon as I have a free spindle I will play with the fiber. Take a look, I think we lost the thread of Hogwarts though I like the yarn anyway. I really love how the green came out with the black, and may *whistles innocently* be pondering an Avada Kedavra color.

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November Shop Update

November 21st, 2016 No comments

There was a lot of restocking in this update, lots of stitch markers out of hibernation. Also there seems to have been a lot of new Doctor Who designs. You take a show off the air for a year and I get all nostalgic.

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Holiday Notions bags are back.

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And now for the new designs-

In Doctor Who we have; A Good Man Goes to War, Dalek,  Tenth Doctor, Doctor…Who… and Cyberman.

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In a few different fandoms, and life we have; I Drink and I know things, Unicorn Party,  Decorative Gourd Season, the Winter Solider,  and Pantsuit Nation wrap up this update.

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The next update will be Saturday December 10th which should just make the shipping cut offs.

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Rhinebeck Aftermath

October 21st, 2016 Comments off

Rhinebeck was awesome! This is not really a surprise as it is great every year. Great people, interesting weather…I mean we had every possible Rhinebeck combination it seemed like.  Well it seemed like I only needed the one Rhinebeck sweater anyway.

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Friday was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who popped by the booth and all the people I was able to meet.  The Indie Untangled Trunk show was awesome. And was a great start to a weekend that would be just as great.

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And along with people, and other vendors there were the things I grabbed at the show.

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This is the alcohol damage I did in the food barn! Two bottles of Hetta, for reasons, 1857 Potato Vodka, Applejack whiskey, Port and Sherry,  and wine, for reasons. One of our awesome house mates made everyone sheep!  And I actually went to Jenny the Potter’s booth this year, and got a small Franken-sheep bowl to hold loose jewelry and a tiny cup, that I so far have had port in.

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And then there was the yarn and fiber. Uh, yeah. I may have gotten a lot this year, but I’m already planning to cast on Stonecutter out of the Neighborhood Fiber Co. in the first image this weekend, or at least swatch.

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So it Begins

October 14th, 2016 Comments off

Its the start of one of my favorite weekends of the year. Rhinebeck! We’re hitting the road shortly and after. And of course tonight I shall be vending at The Indie  Untangled Trunk show.  Its from 5-8pm at The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y. So say hey if you pop by!

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After some frogging madness with Kitra, I only have Cabeladabra to wear for the weekend, but if I was only going to have one sweater, its a great one to have.  Everything is packed (I hope!) and next step is a Hamilton sing along in the car!  See everyone there! 

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Sweater no# 2

September 28th, 2016 Comments off

So I’ve been progressing on Kitra in my skein of Empire. Its a top  down  sweater, and my plan is to  knit to the sleeves, knit both sleeves and then knit the body until I run out of yarn or get to Rhinebeck, most likely the former as there is still a lot of knitting to be done.

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And it may not look it but I am less than 10 rows from the sleeve division. In theory the sleeves themselves will not take too long, we’ll see, we’ll see. That third sweater though may be like the Emperor’s New Clothes, I mean if I fix that sleeve quirk on bayside that totally counts right? I mean I finished it in Jan, it would be a new sweater for Rhinebeck.

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New Look

September 15th, 2016 Comments off

I’ve  spent part of yesterday doing the mostly admin parts of running an Etsy shop; ordering things, planning new packaging, making lists, and prep work. The kind of stuff that has to be done but is way less fun than working out a design for new stitch markers.  This did remind me that I haven’t mentioned my  new logo, or put it anywhere but in order forms.

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Look its a shiny new logo for One Geek to Craft Them All.  Its pretty awesome right? The joy of working with a great graphic designer like Abraham. Expect it to start appearing on all sorts of things!  I’ve already ordered; cards, a banner, a stamp.   Now to get back to the Indie Untangled prep!

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Sweater! Hot Off the Needles!

September 12th, 2016 Comments off

And Cabeladabra is done! All that is left is weaving in ends and blocking! One sweater down 2 more to attempt. And I’ve also got my  Indie Untangled prep in full swing, new items, old favorites, exclusives, all of it is now in progress.

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In the last week or so I have realized just how soon Rhinebeck is, when you have a day job, a craft job, and want to knit three new sweaters for the weekend, five weeks is no time at all!  So I decided to get cranking, I’m unpacked, I’ve reopened the shop, time for making all the things!

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Working on the sweater, I realized that I didn’t have all that much work left either. it was the work of a couple of episodes of the walking dead, to finish the body and start on the first sleeve. and last night, I decided to finish the second and get the collar done!

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I think it came out pretty well, I believe I have 1 1/2 balls left or  1/2 a ball. I vaguely remember a skein falling into a suitcase in the flurry of unpacking and I don’t remember if I fished it out before putting the case away. Something I will check on later.

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I also had initially gotten the finger weight version of the pattern so I plan to make that as well at some point in the Woolfolk I got before La Casita closed.

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Next up,  Kitra in my Empire skein. I’m planning on extending it to tunic length. Somehow I think I will have enough yarn. I will knit the sleeves before finishing the body to figure out what yardage I have left.  Tunic…Dress, we’ll see what happens.

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Dyeing Fiber: A mixed bag

September 6th, 2016 Comments off

I may have fallen down a dyeing rabbit hole.  I pulled out two ounces of Romney and broke it out into a few bumps to try dyeing fiber.

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So the first round didn’t go as well as planned. I set up the fiber, added the dye.  Blue, red, grey, and black.

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So I might have used a bit too much water in the pot for the amount of fiber that I had. Why does that matter?  Well, the more water in the pot the more the dye blends.

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My finished lovely four colors, blended into a nice black with the occasional streak of red or blue undertones.  On the plus side, I did not felt the fiber and do need some black fiber for a project.  So yay, on  the con, that was not what I was aiming for.

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I had one bump left so I decided to try one last time. As you can see, much less water in the pot. Still a little bit too much but better than the first time around.  I added turquoise, yellow, and a splash of grey. I got Turquoise, green, and some yellow.

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So a dyed fiber semi-victory.

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Shop Update: A Return & Halloween

September 5th, 2016 Comments off

Happy Labor Day Folks. I hope everyone stateside is having a good unofficial end of summer Monday. The shop is open again. And It is chocked full of Halloween themed markers and earrings.

Halloween Earrings

 

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Halloween Markers 

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Game of Thrones Markers 

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Peter Pan Collection

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Hamilton Collection

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The Walking Dead – Daryl Collection

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Doctor Who Collection

 

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Playing with Yarn Dye

August 29th, 2016 Comments off

I’ve wanted to play with dyeing yarn for a while.  And after moving I decided to get myself some new crafty toys to try out.  I have gotten acid dyes and metal stamping tools.  I haven’t started stamping things yet but yesterday I decided to dye up some yarn.

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I had a 2ply skein of Cormo I had gotten at Gauge+Tension, ages ago, in theory as a neutral for another skein.  But it was perfect for this project.  I ordered some Acid dye off Amazon, because Prime is a dangerous thing, it arrived right before my apartment warming on Saturday.  I chose to go with citric acid, mostly because I don’t really like the smell of vinegar.

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So I got my yarn soaked, poured in my dyes  and waited.  The method I used was Space dyeing from a skill share class by @alexcreates on instagram. I had seem his yarn at Vogue Knitting Live and I thought his class would be a good place to start.

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Once the dye bath was mostly exhausted (i’m glad everyone mentioned how much red bleeds, I would have been pretty worried otherwise) I rinsed the yarn in wool wash a few times until the water ran clear.

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I hang it up to dry in the bathroom. And hooray for summer it was already dry when I went to shower this morning.  So I have my first finished skein of hand dyed yarn.  While there are a couple things I would fix, like I think I needed to let the yarn soak longer before I added dye, I really like how my first draft of ‘a kid from Brooklyn’ turned out.

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I have a couple of ounces of un-dyed fiber I will also be  looking into dyeing, but I have to decide on the process for that first, as I’m much more concerned about felting, with  fiber. I tried to not agitate the wool too much. Something to look into but yay dyed yarn!

Side note! The shop is open and there will be an update this Saturday at 10! Zombies, Witches, Founding Fathers, and Time Lords to name a few.

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