Thursday, February 16, 2017

Episode 19: Cute As A Button

I wanna make buttons!


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This episode includes knitting, sewing, two giveaways, and the results of my wool wash experiment.

Thank you to Lynne of the Sunshine and Bubblegum podcast for the prize I won in her Ravelry group!

Giveaway threads on our Ravelry group:
For January ~ Alpaca Cloud Fingering from Knit Picks in "Cora"
For February ~ Preciosa Tonal Worsted from Knit Picks in "Panther", "Duchess", and "Boysenberry"

My Wool Wash Experiment
The Summary:  I tested 7 different detergents with my own hand dyed, very dark red, yarn.  Only one
had some color bleed.  After additional testing, I was able to get that bleeding to stop by adding a certain amount of vinegar to the bath.

pH test strips at Amazon.

Knitting
My Miette cardigan by Andi Satterlund is in progress.
I made my little fabric strawberry buttons with this Dritz Cover Button Kit.

Sewing
Another Simplicity 1537 dress in Telio Denim Floral from Fabric.com.
Making yoga/jammy pants with Simplicity 4429 (an old pattern that I think is out of print but may be available elsewhere on the net).  I used French Terry Knit.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Episode 18: Experiments & Goals


Let the yarn dyeing experiments begin!



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I'm getting a tad nerdy about the yarn dyeing process.  My first experiment will be to test swatches of my newly dyed, very red, skein of yarn in different wool washes.  Let's see if I get any bleeders.  And if I do, let's see if I can fix it.

Knitting
Diving In shawl by Mam'zelle Flo

Sewing
Simplicity 1537
Riley Blake fabric at Fabric.com