One Way Or Another: Inception

One Way Or Another: Inception


Objective: [One Way Or Another I was going to] turn a cone [ROCHELLE DYERS – PROD DATE: Jan 19, 1998 – LOT #: 1857 – COUNT: 1/16 – COL: FAIRWAY ROYAL – BLEND: A/P – P.O. #: MP11-14D] of 1-ply, natural fiber, thread into a 4-ply natural fiber thread to match a 3-ply, presumed natural fiber, grey thread.

I’ve spent more than half the morning trying to accomplish this.

Aiyaa! The minute the cake flew off the winder, I knew I was in trouble.

When my 2-ply cake thread broke, I resorted to winding a second cake.

Upon my final 4-ply, I kept pulling up clots, which at first I broke and knotted. After getting too many in succession, I figured I would just make a knobby thread, but that won’t match. I will just cut off excess.

The picture shows my waste on the left. I dare anyone to try untangling that much thread.

This will be my new carry-along project, which I will create with a simple repeating stitch and no pattern.

In the end, I discovered that the presumed natural fiber grey thread was actually a man-made fiber…aiyaa!


ODDBALLS . . . created from up-cycled materials

I have recently become affiliated with Neighbors by Design, a community-centered design project that uses design as a tool to bring neighbors together and in the process create products made out of materials donated by the neighbors. I have already participated in a pop-up yard sale, where I had an opportunity to sell some of my fiber products and sit-in as a hands-on instructor for the associated pop-up work shop.

I had previously been aware of their mission – to use the resources of our community by recycling and creating products made out of materials that otherwise would end up in the landfill. Most of my product is project based, but I do enjoy “up-cycling” yarn scraps to create something new. As such, I am starting a new line: ODDBALLS . . . up-cycled products hand-made from “up-cycled,” odd balls of yarn . . . from which a percentage shall be donated to a charity/cause, amount and organization to be announced at a future date.

I am hoping the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers will allow an announcement in their newsletter, as I only have scraps from my recent history of stuff I’ve made, and which have already been “up-cycled” into other projects. If they do, I am sure I will have enough to start working on something immediately and then throw a design into the queue with my other projects.

Feedback appreciated.

Mr. Blue Sky: Ready, Set…

Mr. Blue Sky ready, set…

…just waiting for the gun to go!

While the yarn was still wet, after dyeing and still in a ball, I started wrapping around my thumb and elbow. That got tiring very fast and I recruited mother to stand in while I wrapped around her spread apart hands. She got tired and I ended up wrapping around the bottom of the dye pot.

I now need a niddy-noddy! 😀

My hank was very small – too small to fit on my swift. Fortunately, I had a coffee can that was the same circumference as the pot. I put the yarn around the pot on the floor and wound it on to the swift. When I came across knots – as this was pieced together from several balls Ana had created for her dye class – I untied them and felted them together. As the yarn was still damp in some spots, I left if on the swift over night with a fan on it.

Today, in an effort to maintain an organized household, I decided to wind Mr. Blue Sky up in a cake. During the process, I had about four to five breaks. I just knotted them – frustrated. I can always try to felt later.

I only used blue food color and I am so happy that I got a lighter shade of blue than expected as I am not a true blue fan. The yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country and I some of their DK wool.

Mr. Blue Sky: Inception

Look what I can do!

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra has been born with the creation of my first hand dyed ombre yarn. I don’t know what it will be and whether or not I will combine with another yarn for something spectacular, though on its own, I think the shade of blue I obtained is right on! I am not exactly sure of the yarn name, but I think it’s from Newton’s Yarn Country. It is definitely wool, per a burn test , and i think the yarn weight is DK.

Old Hooker Learns New Trick

To Tink or Tech?

I did it!

Now, what am I going to make?

I have a bag of Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé I picked up along the way. I am thinking baby afghan due to color and yarn weight, right?

But because I don’t have a pattern, I don’t know how far each ball will go, so now I need to learn to interlock crochet in-the-round!

Which, I will have to teach myself!

Make it so!

Portofino Soufflé
Portofino Soufflé


Giving Yarn to Your Good Cause

Yarn for Your Good Cause has started what will hopefully be a yearly event of giving yarn to individuals and groups who knit or crochet for good causes.

They’re giving away $2000 worth of yarn and are hoping to get as many applicants as possible to ensure it goes to whoever it will have the maximum impact.

  • 1 x $500 of yarn to a Canadian group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 1 x $500 of yarn to an American group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 10 x $100 of yarn to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause

The details and application page is here:

My First Guild Workshop

My First Guild Workshop

Was made possible by luck.

I did not have the $10 fee back in October when the class was being announced at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. Fortunately for me and at least one other member, there were enough supplies to participate: A skein of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) and a mason jar.

I thought I was being clever by folding the hank into the mason jar and applying color on top of each fold; it might have worked better if I had followed the rainbow. Upon completion of the workshop, I was THRILLED with my outcome, née colorway: Leonardo.

When I got home, my impatience got the best of me and I put my yarn in the microwave for three minutes on high to set the color. Guess what? My beautiful orange got muddled with the green above and created a brown…aiyaa! I presume – for ego sake – that had I left the jar in the sun for a week, as instructed, it still would have muddled, but not as much. My other complaint is that the colors don’t seem as saturated now that the yarn has dried. Finally, the outcome is very similar to my Adventures in Dyeing back in May 2015.

Yesterday, I searched for a pattern and could not find one for the amount of yarn I have (462 yards). I am considering purchasing a second skein (Total Yardage: 924), preferring a black/white ombre – make my own? – to alternate with Leonardo. Now that I think about it, maybe I should use a solid with Leonardo, which already is very colorful, reminiscent to me of a garden.

Which color do you think complements Leonardo?

Adventures in Dying
Adventures in Dyeing