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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alpaca Silk Sport Sampling, part 2

2nd phase of my sample dyeing is with Dharma dyes.


Third try-out, Dharma Dyes
27 colors
27 sample of 150 cm each

1/2 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

even better colors 
but some of the samples are partially dyed which is worrying me 
since I have to dye 600 g of alpaca silk yarn

we can see on this picture that the peacock dye didn't go on some of the sample.
That is a recurrent problem when you dye your own yarn.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alpaca Silk Sport Sampling

As I am preparing to test knit a new beautiful pattern "Coquelicot cardigan" from HelEtZel, I felt like using my own hand dye yarn. 

I selected this beautiful Alpaca Silk Sport similar to the yarn recommended 

now which color to dye  ?

I now have about 100 different dye colors in stock, and I have only sample dye on merino wool, BFL, superwash but never on alpaca. So I decided to run a sample dye on all my dyes and see which one would work best.

For this color sampling, I didn't need to heat it up in the microwave.
The vinegar was enough to fix the color to the yarn


First try-out, Crushing Dyes
30 colors
30 sample of 150 cm each

1 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

colors are beautiful and yarn took the dye right away, 
but it is way to dark and some colors like dark grey came out blue not grey.


Second try-out, Crushing Dyes
30 colors
30 sample of 150 cm each

1/2 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

same beautiful colors, but a little softer for some of them, 
I like better that combination so I will apply for rest of the sampling

Crushing dyes dissolves very well in water and color is well absorbed in yarn.

Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 year of sweaters for me

Long story short, best resolution for 2014 was to knit stuff for ME.

Here is my January sweater

Open sweater perfect for chilly California nights

Classic back a little below waist

Raglan detail

I modified the original pattern as I wanted a longer sweater


Pattern: McIntosh from Gudrun Johnston
2 skeins of Bruin

Monday, May 19, 2014

A little taste of San Francisco

As much as I love this city, I don't go as often as I would like.
It is a beautiful city and always like taking plenty of pictures.

Let me show you my city

Friday, May 9, 2014

Testing more dyes, part 2

Continuing in my search for different colors, 

I have tested Country classic dyes, found at Paradise Fibers

A full smidgen of the following on 20 g of BFL DK


Desert rose

Lobster bisque

Poppy red

Terra cotta






Nautical blue

Mountain aqua


A bit more pricey than the other dyes,
but overall nice colors

more to come...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Testing more dyes, part 1

In a search of different colors, 
I have tried some new dyes for yarn.

I am starting with Cushing dye, found on Etsy.

Dust of dye of the following
dark brown

Colors are nice in dust of dye, clear pastel colors.

Will explore more!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Over dyeing experiment

For this you need, 
- some old Joann's yarn
- some dharma dye
- lots of fun

yarn prepared for dyeing

4 green, 1 blue

Green with sage leaf

Green with avocado

Blue with antique mauve

Green with peacock blue

Green with tobacco leaf


A big difference, isn't it!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

✿ New baby blanket ✿ . . . ♥ with my own colors ♥

I confess I really like making baby blankets, it is so cute ant it makes people feel so happy!!

So I always find a way to reinvent it one way or another 
while browsing stores, magazines, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram

But every time I was attracted on a particular color combination, 
I could never find the perfect yarn for it. 

Then I started to experiment dyeing yarn here and there for the past few years and 
I am finally coming up with colors I really like.

With the same recipe found here, I have came up with a dozen new colors,
Some nice, some less nice...

✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿

I started with a few soft baby girl colors:
pale pink, mauve, chestnut, beige, and sand grey

but once finished the blanket was to small 
so I am probably going to add another color for the next one.

The pattern is really simple as it is all knit rows.
It gives the blanket a rich texture and a ultra soft feeling, 
perfect combination for a baby blanket.


Size: 60 x 70 cm
Yarn: Cashmere/Merino wool blend
Weight: worsted/aran

I hope other people will like the colors too as I plan to have the baby blankets for sale soon.

I selected a nice worsted cashmere blend for a luxury soft baby blanket
and plenty of yarn to continue experimenting.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring baby shower

A new baby shower order for a little boy

Yarn: 100% merino wool
Pattern: my own, tutorial here

Baby boots
Yarn: 100% merino wool
Pattern: my own