Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Alpaca-waca 2

I decided to overdye the pink and lavender alpaca since the pink was so bright. These dyes are so strong. I used just a little blue to tone down the brightness of the pink. It turned out so much better. There's not much pink now, it's really a lavender yarn now but it's so much nicer.

While I was at it, I also decided to try pink again, this time with much restraint. I wanted a very soft pink, something I could make a nice lace shawl with. I was very careful with the amount of dye and it turned out lovely, with very subtle shades of soft pink. (long sigh) I love hand dyeing yarn.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


It's been raining like crazy these last few days. I love it. It's warm and cozy, all the plants growing lush and green. When it's not pouring I've been going out for walks, jumping in puddles, my skin feels great. Hopefully we will get a break soon for those areas that are flooding.

Yesterday the rain was really coming down hard and I didn't feel like crocheting so I got my out my stainless pot and dyed a couple of skeins of alpaca. One will go to my secret pal who likes alpaca and the other will go in my stash awaiting inspiration.

The alpaca is wonderfully soft and light. The skeins I got were made in Peru, a sport weight 3-ply. The first skein was dyed a blend of lavender, teal and green. The colors blended nicely together and it turned out lovely. Just imagine the possibilities.

The second skein was dyed lavender and pink. The pink turned out much brighter than I wanted.
Time to overdye?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June Secret Pal

Saturday was goody day. I got this lovely skein of yarn in the mail from my secret pal. It is manufactured here in Virginia by Chester Farms and is a cotton/wool/silk blend, perfect for these warm summer months. It's hard to see here, but up close it is a soft beige color with little flecks of light blue and brown, sort of a heathery effect. Thank-you secret pal, I love it!

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Sudoku Holder

I got an electronic Sudoku game and I've already dropped it a couple of times so I made a felted holder for it using some leftover wool. I used the Rose Square motif pattern from The Harmony Guide to Crocheting Techniques and Stitches by Debra Mountford and adjusted for size of game. Here's the before felting.
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