27 October 2007
Today I've dyed yarn for the first time in my life. I've been thinking of doing it for quite a while, but didn't buy the dyeing colors until recently. I wanted to try a method of dyeing in the microwave oven, described in Swedish here and here.
This is what the yarn looked like from the beginning.
First I washed the yarn very carefully.
And mixed the colors.
I put the yarn (one skein by one) in a container that would fit into the microwave. With the help of spoons I "painted" the yarn on one side, pressed a little with my hands, turned it over to the other side and put some more color on. I had rubber glowes, but it didn't become as wet or messy as I had imagined.
Here's one skein ready to go into the microwave for 3x3 minutes (at full effect):
When cooled down I rinsed it in water (not hot!) (and a little ättika). I hang it in the shower to dry. It was really fun and easy and I'll definetely do it again. As for the dying colors I only bought red, blue and yellow and then mixed them. They weren't cheap, but as very little is needed I can see they'll last for many, many skeins to come.
I'll show some more photos when they're dry + in daylight.
19 October 2007
Yes, I've been a lazy blogger lately. Since I begun my new job (1 Oct) I've been rather tired during the evenings (because of the pregnancy too), but I have been crafting from time to time ... just lazy with photographing it and blogging about it. Also, many things I make are secrets. It's for swaps and it's gifts and it's for Christmas. There's really not so much I can show yet.
So today I'll show you something old that I made many years ago (2000 I think) to decorate our front door. I got the inspiration from a magazine and when I found a tree in the forest that had fallen down after a windy night I cut off some of the branches in the tree top. I think it's quite pretty.
I know it's only October and the leaves on the trees outside are yellow ... but I'm dreaming of Christmas ;-)