Friday, January 28, 2011


Alright so I am all caught up on my school work and found an hour of my time (maybe two or three hours, or how ever long 'Return of the Jedi' is :D ) and started throwing on my wool to my DIY hackle.

 I also finished dying (and bought some more dye...) my 2 pounds of wool.
Sixteen sets of two ounces of different colored wool. Did a lot of learning through that dyeing process. Such as don't follow the instructions on the back of the Jacquard acid dye bottles! If you need a good way (at least for me) feel free to ask I don't want to have to post out instructions unless some one is really reading this!

If you ever make your own hackle, for the combs make sure to use ones that are not tapered in size, mine are and it isn't unbearable but I imagine it would be a lot easier if I had used picks or combs with straight teeth instead. Also the longer the teeth the more wool you can toss. My combs are probably about 3 in tall so I didn't have much to work with.

Well I started off with a Ronald McDonald color and it was all down hill from there.
 My first two creations kinda came out thick and thin, but I have a feeling I will be making them thinner as I spin them. The actual pulling (I used fender washers) of the wool was kinda hard at first but I learned to separate the wool a little more before I tossed it on.

And I managed to make out five sets of colors  Which I am very very proud of and will be taking more pictures of them when they are spun!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dyeing Time!

Alright! Got my two pounds of wool, got my dyes, got my dad to make me a hackle (little DIY hackle link.) for my yarn today! Cost less than $10 to make. I was very productive today, got home from my parents and starting tossing in my 2 oz sets of wool to dye them. So far 4 done tonight, got another 12 to go!

I noticed last night that I am out of sponges... I hate sponges, they are gross and full of wonderfulness of week old dinners and ranky stinks. SOOO as a student of "Biology and Environment"  and "Energy in Natural Environment" this semester I decided to take a little green approach to this and find a nice pattern for scrubbing my dishes and reducing my waste output. Well! I found 5 simple crochet patterns in one spot. 5 Textured Dishcloths! I went out and bought some Sugar 'n Cream yarn that matches my kitchen and put on my audio book and is crocheting away! I can tell now why you are to use cotton over anything, for one I know wool will break down under such extremes as my dish washing, and acrylic just doesn't have the right texture or ability to hold water as well as cotton. Also this is true for potholders because I am pretty sure no one wants a pot holder melting into molten plastic in their hands! Ouch.

Well I will keep you updated on my wool dyeing, combing, and spinning (hopefully sooner than later)!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Excuses, Excuses!

Had a nice long weekend! Well, now that the week has started back up I am trying to get ahead on my piles of homework! Since I finished both of my hand spun wool, I decided I am going to make a nice sized blanket, I was torn between a hexagon blanket, a granny striped blanket, or a wave/ripple blanket. I decided on the hexagon style and have been making the center pieces (one of four rounds). I got twenty down, just about hundred-eighty to go! Pictures soon!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First Post!!

My first post! Well I just wanted to start off by diving straight into my first creation, which is super simple and a great way to use those few yards of left over yarn. I got the idea from combining this Christmas bookmark to a simple flower or something that I could use through any season. There are loads of patterns for flowers here.

Hook size and yarn aren't really important, just use the proper hook for the yarn size. But remember bigger yarn/hook means bigger results, smaller yarn/hook smaller results!

The suggested sizes are as follows:
WW yarn; color(s) of choice
F hook
Charm or Bead (Optional)

Bookmark Strand
If you are putting a charm on, put it on now and just slide it down and wait until you get to the end of the first row of Ch’s.
R1: Ch 50
R2: Turn; sc 50 up and don’t forget to position charm!
At this point don't fasten off or anything unless you want to change colors, otherwise just continue on to the flower, it kind of makes it look like the flower is growing out of the book mark!

Start the flower
Round 1: Ch 8 sl st in first ch to make a ring; Ch 1
15 sc in ring, sl st to join
Round 2:
(Ch 6, skip 2 st, sc in next st) Repeat around to make 5 petals, sl st to join.
*1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc* in loop, ch 1 *repeat*; fasten off.

If you want to make a larger flower instead replace ch 6, ch 8 and *1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc* with *2 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 2 sc*.
To make an even larger flower replace that with 6 ch for 10 ch, and *3 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 3 sc*.

Original Flower Pattern Here! by Samantha Stopple

At the time I made these book marks I was got some microwave glass fusion supplies and was trying out things and making little charms. The charm on the bottom really helps, especially if you are using yarn that ranges in sizes, because you get little curly twist spots or waviness.

 These bookmarks take about 30 minutes to make and are great for beginners.