For those of you who actually read this blog consistently you will have noticed that I change the layout every couple of weeks…. I apologize for this. I am still trying to find a layout that I Love. While surfing around on DA I fell across this cute little picture and just loved the yarn effect on this bunny! Along with the stitched mountain in the background it’s really fired up my brain and given me a better focus for how I would like the header and layout to look. By no means will it look like this but I will consider this picture my crafting muse!
Picture by Lilibz of Deviantart.
This picture is done by the very talented Ms. Lilibz of Deviantart. Her website is full of very cute drawings and amazing colors. She very graciously gave me permission to post this picture so please go give her website some love.
I just love the feel of this cute picture I’m not a huge fan of pink but this gives the artist friends an idea of what I’m sort of looking for. I’m trying to incorporate so many different crafts into the header that it was nice to just browse around Deviantart and find something so simple and cute. Hopefully in a month or two I will have a layout I love roll out and this constant every couple of weeks changing the background stuff will stop. 🙂
Speaking of bunnies
Since I am making this post about a cute bunny picture this is a perfect time to introduce “The Queen”. So my little cousin just turned the whopping 3 years old and for her birthday I made a cute little bunny this pattern was created by the talented Ms. Stephanie Jessica Lau. It was a super quick super easy pattern to follow, along with a great walk through chart for embroidering the nose on the bunny. I would highly recommend this for someone who is an advanced beginner and has some patience for the hand stitching. The bunny took me about 3 hrs. to make so maybe 5-6 hrs for a beginner. And if your curious the bunny was a hit with the birthday queen. 😉 I’m even contemplating making one in purple for me.
On another note the walk through video of diamond ridges is at the chopping up and assembling stage I bought a better webcam and recorded in one sitting and am now editing it. For those who are really patiently waiting I thank you.
So after a very busy December doing all homemade gifts along with a couple of craft shows everything went off without a hitch! 😀 The only downside is I forgot my camera at my mom’s house that has ALL of the photo’s….fudge. So in two weeks when I go to my mom’s I must remember to grab my camera that has the photo’s for everything I made! Until then enjoy this.
Over the rainbow
So this is another pattern test for a lady on ravelry the pattern is Baby Jumper by Sonja Otto Designs. The cute little jumper is made out of Caron yarn and is a really nice simple shell pattern with a cute top added onto it. It’s worked top down for the dress part and then you attach the bib and straps. Very easy to follow instructions and really fun way to use up scrap pieces of yarn you have laying around. This designer wanted two dresses done which I am working on the second one right now. I can’t wait to post the second one as it is a great themed piece I thought up! I would rank this for an adventurous beginner. Unfortunately the designer does not have it in her shop to purchase the pattern due to some issues that she has a few ladies along with myself testing. As soon as it re-appears in her shop I will do a yippie post! Till then I’ll try to get my next post to be the video tutorial…..if windows movie maker wants to work with me here. >.> ugh.
So this last Thursday I decided that after doing quite a bit of research that I would take the plunge into dyeing yarn with kool-aid. I spent about three days reading through blog after blog compiling information on what was going to be the best dyeing route for me. Some of the things I put into consideration was space constraints I live in what would be referred to as a studio dorm. I live upstairs but share the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. So needless to say dyeing using the stove top was out of the question.
The two different options I looked into were microwave dyeing and Crockpot hot pour method. The microwave version consist’s of using a microwavable dish, kool-aid mixture, and water. Sounds really convenient I know except I wanted to dye about 200 plus yards of yarn and unfortunately canning jars just don’t quite fit that all that well when trying to do verrigated. So after reading a bit more I finally stumbled upon the crockpot method and I fell in love. It allows for multiple color’s and I could fit up to 400 yards of yarn if I wanted to since I have a medium size. And I could dye in the comfort of my room with only the smell of hot kool-aid and wool. 🙂 It’s a win in my book.
The 3 blogs I used for this project are Knit purl girl’s website which I know am addicted to reading yes yes I took the time to read all of her old blogs to the currant ones. ^^; Her’s was the method I used to try my first attempt. The second site Leethal is for more advanced ways to do multiple colors in your crockpot which I highly recommending reading all three of her dyeing pages as she also includes a tutorial for how to achieve self striping yarn through dyeing. And lastly I also used Knitty as they have a fantastic color yarn chart for which kool-aids give you what color!!!!!!
With all of that research under my belt I bent to the task and came out with
lemony,lime, and orangey goodness
The Only thing I forgot to do in the whole process was to make sure I used hot water in the kool-aid….oopsy I did a cold pour right into a hot water bath….erk. And a note to anyone who does this you have to make sure whatever yarn you are using is 75% or more natural fiber like wool, alpaca, angora etc. etc. You can not dye cotton or silk with kool-aid hence why my cotton string is really bright white in the photo it didn’t take any of the dye. And PATIENCE!!!!! do not stir or move your wool around to much once wet as it will FELT!!!! I maybe sorta wasn’t patient enough and my wool was starting to stick together and trying to felt…..^.^; yikes!
For those of you interested in trying to dye this is definitely a great starter project to get yourself familiar with if you might like to do dyeing. The plus side to dyeing with kool-aid is that you can use anything in your kitchen and not worry about ruining it and calling it off limits for cooking in. No chemicals or acids in this method!!!! 🙂 You can also dye with your kids by having them paint the yarn and then you can man the microwave. DO NOT let kids touch the yarn once you start heating it up as it will get very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!!!