What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Yellow To Pink YarnWell, it wasn't really a vacation. 
It's called unemployment, but I treated it like a vacation and explored yarn dyeing.
You are probably wondering what I'm going to do with all of this yarn.
I've actually given most of it away.
The one to the left was given to an old friend who is a new knitter. 

Purple Varigated

To get the effects, I dyed most of the yarns twice. There's no mistakes in dying, just a lot of opportunities.

Aqua yarnSaff-flower-yarn
BlackToGreenYarnI can't remember what I did on this one.  


The yarn to the left was dyed with Safflowers. I was going for a pink but it turned out more salmon. Unfortunately, I threw out the dye bath before I realized
that the cotton I had used to tie the yarn together was the pink I was looking for.  

This ball3-yarns started out as a solid copper dye which creates a seafoam green. The shade wasn't what I wanted, so I tied it into a ball and over dyed it black. There was a cool reaction with the vinegar and the copper. 

I was very pleased with the green and the red. I'm going to use the green for a rug in one of our bathrooms. 

The red was an interesting experiment. My first attempt got a candy apple red that almost knocked my eyes out. So I wound it into a skein, tied it in a ball, put it into a nylon knee high sock and overdyed it in brown. You can see where the bright red has toned down and even went to a rusty red in places. I gave this yarn to a friend who admired it. 

The one is the middle is the original safflower yarn above. I wound it into a ball and threw it into the brown dyepot with the red yarn. Much better and it also has a new home. 

YellowYarn5 Color Yarn

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Needle felting is something I do not enjoy.
It's too time-consuming and physically exhausting.
When I hear about this product called Artfelt® Paper, I thought I'd give it a try.
While I was at it, I also tried a simpler, quick and dirty way of felting.
Both turned out with some very pleasing and surprising results.

Felted Scarves

The scarf and the left was created using Artfelt® Paper.
It is very soft and drapey. 
The one of the right was created using only cheap plastic wrap.
I used Michele Johnson's instructions on YouTube
It's a little thicker (probably because I used more layers)
but has a lovely shiborie-like texture caused by stretching the scarf
when I took it out of the dryer.
Since I'm out of Artfelt® Paper paper (and it's not cheap),
I'm going to play around with Michele's idea and see if I can get the same drape
as I did with the Artfelt® Paper.
I also plan to try a water soluble stabilizer instead of the Artfelt® Paper.
The best thing is that both scarves were completed in less than two hours.
Now how cool is that?
This will also be a great way to use up a lot of wool roving I've bought.
Then I can buy more. 

New Pattern Available - SC Palmetto Tree and Crescent Moon Towel

    Even if you aren't from S.C., I'm sure you've seen this emblem and wondered what it is. 
S.C. Palmetto Tree and Crescent Moon

This is the 

SC Palmetto Tree and Crescent Moon from the SC Flag

Colonel William Moultrie designed the first flag for South Carolina in 1775 during the Revolutionary War which was a dark blue to match the soldiers’ blue uniforms. The silver crescent (new moon) matched the crescent on their caps. A year later a Palmetto tree was added which is the symbol of South Carolina's success in defending Sullivan's Island during the Revolutionary War. The fort was built with tough, soft logs from Palmetto trees growing in the area. When the British warships fired cannonballs, they sunk into the wood but did not destroy the fort. Thus an important victory was won for South Carolina’s troops during the Revolutionary War. This flag was adopted in 1861. 

You can knit this lovely 13.5” x 9.5” oval Palmetto Towel 

with a knitted picot edge. 

Both a chart and written instructions are included. 

Optional hanger instructions included.  


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Design Opportunity


I started this sweater two years ago (I think).
I completed the back as you can see, but just could not get going on the front.

The yarn is an expensive baby alpaca yarn (Artesano - Inca Mist) and I have a lot of it.
I ripped out what I had knitted for the front
but when I went to rip out the back, I just couldn't do it.
It was so pretty and I had put a lot of work into it.
So I decided to make it into a throw pillow and I am so glad I didn't frog this!

The sweater pattern is called
Summer Hours and by Chris Bylsma Designs
It is beautifully written and a great design.
I just ran out of steam. 

Tour de Fleece

I have finally gotten around to posting photos of the alpaca I spun
during Tour de Fleece
(where you spin as much as you can while watching Tour de France). 

Hand Spun Alpaca Hand Spun Alpaca

I ended up with around 900 yards. 
It is plyed with itself and Tussa Silk.
I'm not sure what I'm going to knit out of it yet,
but it will be spectacular.

Winding the alpaca single into a ball for plying.


Spider Scarf

ere's a close-up of a scarf I knitted.
The pattern is called October is for Spinners and can be found on Ravelry.
I made several changes to the pattern.
I used 2 strands of of Prism Lace Wool instead of 4.
I wanted the scarf narrower and lighter.
The colorway is called fog.
I also started with smaller needles than called for in the pattern
and worked my way up to larger needles
and 1 strand of yarn.
I repeated parts of the pattern many times
to get the scarf long enough.
I also added tiny seed beads for the eyes.
I don't know whether to wear it or hang it on the wall.


Hannah's Nite-Nite

HannahNiteNite2I made Hannah a nite-nite before she was born and it has been loved to death. 
She asked me for a new one. I planned making a quick one with a huge Tunisian crochet hook, but it hurt my hands and arms to use that big hook. 
So I had to come up with another plan for a quick-to-make blanket.
I knitted this blanket using the Chevron Lace Stitch from Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting Patterns from 1943.
Don't remember how many stitches I cast on, but I did use 2 strands of Lion Brand Cotton Ease.