Episode 65: Handspun Sweater

 

Filmed on June 22, 2019

Happy Pride!

Happy African-American Music Appreciation Month!

Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month!

Podcast Stuff

  • I just wanted to make sure to point out that this video podcast does have Closed Captioning and there are transcripts of that CC file included in the show notes on freakishlemon.com. I think that’s something that I’ve been forgetting to mention in my intro. I’m updating my default notes file to include this information, so that shouldn’t happen in the future. Also, if you use the transcript included in my show notes and have any feedback for me, please share! Shoot me a message somewhere, comment below, comment on the blog post – I’ll find it at some point.

Dye Stuff

  • Memorial Day Weekend Dye Adventures – Natural dyes, all-in-one dye method using two pots on two portable burners using 8% of the fiber’s dry weight alum as a fixative, all samples sat in the cooling dye bath for at least 8 hours (most of them overnight)
    • Yellow Onion Skins 1
    • Red Onion Skins 1
    • Yellow Onion Skins 2
    • Red Onion Skins 2
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado Pits
    • Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado + Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel Combo
    • Apple Tree Twigs
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado/Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel + Apple Tree Twig Combo
    • Petals from 1 dozen dark red roses

FOs

  • Handspun sweater – Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville – machine knit LK 150, dial tension 4 – Autumn Spinners Hill and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool – Still have a full skein of handspun left
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler Pattern by Adleones

WIPs

  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Blue Cone Boxy Sweater – self drafted pattern, Brother KH 836e main bed, dial 1 (even on the tension rod), tuck stitch pattern punch card 2 on long, mystery cotton cone from a closing mill
  • Sock Tube – US 0/2.0 mm needles, Once Upon a Corgi “Pinstripes are In”
  • Jedi Order Symbol by WootGraphicDesign – 14 count black aida
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co “The Raven King” 2 oz batt Ashford Kiwi 2 – 2 ply – long draw
  • Hand-dyed Falkland for 1st ply and Phoenix Fiber Co “Lake Shore” for 2nd ply – Ashford Kiwi 2 – short forward/worsted
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, wove the fabric.
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – Moda 5” charm squares, HSTs trimmed to 4”

Swatches

  • Combo machine knit/hand knit swatches
    • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, LK 150 Dial= 3, Hand knit US 3/3.25 mm
    • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, LK 150 Dial= 3, Hand knit US 4/3.5 mm

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

Stuff I’m Playing:

  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – HP game in the style of Pokemon Go. It’s alright, but I think it’s leaning too heavily on the aesthetic of the HP world. The animations are so long compared to Pokemon Go and I think that’s entirely to the less detailed design of the Pokemon franchise.

 

 

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Transcript below.

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Hello and welcome to the Freakish Lemon

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Freakish Lemon. I go by Adrian. I use

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around. This is a crafty type podcast

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of Connecticut, which includes Tunxis,

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Paugussett, and Mahican homelands and show

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button. I am filming this on Saturday

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June 22nd 2019 and we’re coming to you

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from a different corner of my bedroom. I

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decided I should maybe work with the

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light coming through the windows instead

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of against the light coming through the

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windows, so that’s why we’re in this

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corner. This is a never

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before seen filming corner. That’s the

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door to my bedroom. That’s a weird little

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corner that only that DVD rack fits in

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and we can see I’ve got a storage unit

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with some Legos on it and this right

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here is my desk. I don’t know how else to

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explain uh this corner. It’s the opposite

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of the corner that you’ve seen before

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with the bookshelf in it, so if that

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helps put any of this into perspective.

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And just behind me you can see-

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just in case anybody was wondering- these

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are a couple of paintings I did on some

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old jeans of windmills. That is a

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commissioned bit of artwork that a

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co-worker gave me because I made her a

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goat balaclava and she commissioned this

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Grand Moff Tarkin sort of pseudo

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catholic iconography stained-glass

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window thing, which is great. That’s a

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dragon. These are my enamel pins and

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those are some just regular buttons

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posters and artwork along the walls.

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Something does need to go there though. I

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haven’t figured out anything to go in

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there yet. It’ll happen eventually.

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Before I get too much further, happy

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Pride because it is June. Also happy

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African American Music Appreciation

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Month and also happy Caribbean American

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Heritage Month. I do have one bullet

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point under podcast stuff, but this is

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just a reminder that this episode and

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most of the recent episodes are closed

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captioned and there are transcripts of

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the closed captioning files included in

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the show notes over at freakishlemon.com.

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I have updated my notes template to

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actually include that information as

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part of the intro, but I just wanted to

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put it out there because it been a while

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since I mentioned it. If anybody wants to

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help me work on the closed captioning

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files for back episodes, feel free to get

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in touch. I do have a thing set up where

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you can help so if you want to do that

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that would be appreciated, but just note

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that I think it’s from episode 60 foreword

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or something like that they are closed

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attempt. Although the YouTube algorithm

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attempt is pretty good these days, but it

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just doesn’t understand words coming out

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of my mouth sometimes when they’re

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specific to fiber crafting. The first

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thing on my list to talk about is dye

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stuff. I did say and I think last episode

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that maybe I would do a recap at the end

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of the year and I’ve just completely

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thrown that out the window because I had

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Memorial Day weekend dye adventures and

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I will never figure out what I was doing.

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It’ll take too long for me to figure out

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what I was doing before, so I’ll do

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periodic batches of stuff that I’ve dyed

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that I want to show you. Um so yeah, over

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Memorial Day weekend- which was I want to

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say a week or two after I posted my last

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episode- I did some natural dye

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experiments. I did the all-in-one dye

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method, so I cooked up the dye stock and

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then I added an 8% of the dry weight of

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my fiber of alum to that dye bath and

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just plopped wet fiber samples in there.

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I do have notes on all of this, but this

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is kind of the gist of what I was doing.

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All of these samples ended up staying in

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the dye bath as it cooled for at least

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eight hours- most of them were overnight.

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I do have two portable burners that I

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use in my craft room for dyeing, so I had

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two pots going at once. So let me show

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you what I played around with so the

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first- well I say the first thing I’ve

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bullet-pointed this- but please note

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that each of these things is by twos

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because I had two pots going at a time.

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So some of these combinations seem a

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little weird, but it’s because I had two

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pots going at a time. So the first thing

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I’m going to show you is yellow onion

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skins,

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which is, you know, a well-documented

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natural dye material. These are all onion

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skins that were either saved by my

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parents or that I snatched from the

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grocery store. Yep. Because frankly they

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don’t care if you’re walking it wrong- I

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shouldn’t say that. My local grocery

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store didn’t care about me picking

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through the onions if I was just

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grabbing onion skins because there’s-

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it’s trash frankly. So I just went

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through the self checkout and just stuck

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the bag of onion skins in with the rest

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of my purchases. So these are the colors

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that I got with my yellow onion skins. I

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think it was something like 50 grams of

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yellow onion skins and there was

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definitely more than one type of onion

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in there, but I couldn’t tell you what

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they were. So here are my fabric samples.

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This one is a linen and that one is a

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cotton, which both took the color pretty

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well, which is unusual in my experience

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for plant fibers. Plant fibers and

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protein- I should say cellulose fibers

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and protein fibers tend to take color

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very differently and they definitely did

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in the yarn, but I was impressed with how

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similar the colors were because you’ll

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see some examples later where the colors

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are very very different. This is a cotton

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yarn, which turned basically the same

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color as my fabrics and these are wool

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they’re both BFL. This is a BFL tweed.

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This is just a regular BFL. Both

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fingering weight yarns,

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and you can see the protein fiber

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definitely took up the color differently

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kind of more of an orange than a yellow,

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but I think that first dye bath was

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pretty well concentrated so- so this

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though this color doesn’t come up again

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later. So I was very surprised by this,

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but this is yellow onion skins. You may

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wonder what I’m doing with all these

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samples. Right now I’m just collecting

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them. I will figure out things to do with

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them, never fear.

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going, which actually turned out to be a

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more kind of yellow with- a cooler yellow

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than the yellow onion skins. Yellow onion

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skins are much warmer because we’re

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getting orange tones in there. The red

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onion skins was cooler. I don’t know if

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my camera will be able to pick this up,

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but there’s actually a little bit of a

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slight green undertone in the fabrics.

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It’s not as present in the yarn, but in

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the fabrics it wouldn’t look out of

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place next to a bunch of greens. So again

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I have a cotton and I have a linen and I

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have a cotton yarn and BFL tweed yarn.

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See this one turned out more of it tan

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than a yellow which was interesting,

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but both took them- the color very in a

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very saturated way. And then my notes

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fell asleep per usual. So then I put a

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second batch of fibers in each of those

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dye baths so- nope,

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not you. So this was the second go-around

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with the yellow onion skins. This is- what

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fiber were you? Possibly the aloe fiber?

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Yes, it was a lace weight undyed aloe

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fiber that I bought on a cone from the

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shop YarnItaly on Etsy and this is how

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it- you can see, it’s a lot less saturated

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than the previous- I- my samples are all

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pretty precariously balanced on the arm

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of a chair over here. There we go. -less

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saturated, yeah definitely less of that

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orange tone from the first go-around and

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then this is some mohair from Cold

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Goat’s Farm which is a local farm here

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in Connecticut.

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It’s a mohair and finn wool blend. I

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opened this as if you could see it. And

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this yarn did have a kind of a gray-

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grayish base so this did end up darker.

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It actually is a little bit- your eye

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wants to perceive it as green sometimes

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because of the gray kind of heathering

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in the yarn. I’m not sure if this is the

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final

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dye for this yarn. I might go over it

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with blue if my woad grows for green

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because it seems to want to be a green

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with those gray undertones. And I haven’t

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decided if I’m going to do the same

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thing with this yet. This aloe fiber was

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a kind of a soft beige, so I’m not sure

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that yellow- that this yellow took the

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way I wanted it to, so it might get

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overdyed again. I don’t know, but it was

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worth it to see what would happen and

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then I threw this bit of hand spun into

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the red onion dye bath. This bit of hand

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spun- I don’t have it written down- but

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there is a camel fibre and silk fiber

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and I think merino in here. It was

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already kind of a tan color and the red

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onion dyed did very little to it.

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I’m not sure how to explain how the

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color changed cuz it did change slightly.

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It’s just less- less brown? A little bit? I

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don’t know. So this one will definitely

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get overdyed again at some point

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because it’s not really a color that I

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use either the original or the overdye.

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So it’s not a failure. It just didn’t do

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anything really. And then in the yellow

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onion dye bath, I threw in some avocado

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pits because there were so many warm

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tones that I wanted to see how it would

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affect an avocado pit dye bath. I did add

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some baking soda to change the pH of

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the water, but it didn’t pull out as much

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color as my previous avocado pit

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experiments had been. I don’t know if it

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was maybe the type of avocado or

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how small the pits were, but- let me see.

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So the onion- the yellow onion and

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avocado dyed this fiber. This is a

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cellulose fiber. It is a sugar cane fiber,

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I believe. So it’s a light yellow and

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it’s a soft yellow. This one may stay on

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its own, but it may also get over dyed

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with something. I haven’t really decided

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yet. I mostly got these fibers- this was

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also a cone from YarnItaly on Etsy and

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mostly got these fibers because I’d never

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played with these fibers before, so I

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wanted to play with them. But that’s

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yellow onion skin and avocado- I’m not

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sure the avocado really did much to the

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dye bath. It might have been overpowered

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by the onion

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skin, so it probably just mostly a third

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batch onion skin. And then to the red

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onion

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dye bath I added dried clementine peels

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because I still had some from previous

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collection of clementine peels. So this

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is what the fabric turned out to be- just

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kind of a yellowy off-white. This is the

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cotton and this is the linen and this is

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more in line with what my previous dye

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experiments have yielded- very soft, not

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very saturated colors- and this is also

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more in line with what my yarns have

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turned out like. Both of these were

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previously dyed with iron and birch and

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they didn’t have very much color except

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for from the iron, but it was also very

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early on in my dye experiments so I

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might not have been doing things right

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with the birch bark. But you can see this

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skein is- you see this color here is all

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from the iron, so it’s still very light,

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very soft, and this one took up a lot

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more color because it is the protein

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fiber. This is the BFL tweed. So this is

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really what I’ve seen from natural

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dyeing thus far just in different shades

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of colors where the protein fiber will

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take up a lot and the cellulose fiber

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will not take up very much at all.

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So then I took both of those onion combo

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dye baths the yellow onion and the

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avocado and the red onion and the

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clementine peels poured them into one pot

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because there was still color in the

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bath, but I wanted to try some new stuff,

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so I did a big combo dye bath and I got

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these samples.

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So again, one cotton, one linen- which

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ended up like a true beige- just like

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soft beige. Both of these fabrics were

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white before. And then the BFL tweed and

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the regular BFL, which ended up as kind

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of like a warm light caramel color.

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You’ll also notice in my samples that

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the BFL doesn’t pick up colors as warm

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-or the BFL tweed doesn’t pick up colors

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as warmly as the regular BFL, which is

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interesting, and honestly makes me

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disinclined to use the BFL tweed going

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forward. I might just stick to the BFL

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because I do like how the colors take up

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in this BFL yarn.

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Okay so, then in a new pot I did some

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apple tree twigs.

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We have several apple trees in the

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backyard. One of the branches fell off in

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a rainstorm, so I took up some branches

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and cut them into about inch pieces. I

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soaked them in water for about 24 hours

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and then I cooked them for about an hour

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on a simmering, not boiling, heat- which is

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pretty much what I do for all of my dye

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stock- is a simmering heat for about an

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hour. And that yielded very interesting

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results. First of all, it smelled like

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apple cider, which seems weird to me

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because it was twigs and not actually

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any apple fruit part of the tree very

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weird and then it yielded these- and the

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dye bath was the color of apple cider

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just straight up- and it yielded these

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soft- you have like these soft caramel-y

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colors. Again, a pretty beige job on the

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fabrics. This is the linen. This is the

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cotton, but one bfl skein and one bfl

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tweed skein. Yeah I didn’t throw a cotton

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one in here. Again this sort of like soft

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light caramel color. Still smells a

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little bit like apples, which is

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interesting, but that’s a pretty cool,

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pretty accessible foraging item if you

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are into foraging for natural dyes. At

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least where I am, apple trees are pretty

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common.

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So that’s pretty neat. And then I took

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that apple twig dye stock and poured it into

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the big combo vat and this is the color

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that I got on a skein of BFL. Like,

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that’s still a pretty rich color

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considering that dye bath is basically

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all the exhaust dye baths for a full

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100 gram skein. And then a new dye bath,

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I took the dried rose petals from a

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dozen dark red roses and I ended up with

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these samples. So here’s the cotton and

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here’s the linen. I’m not sure if my

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camera will be able to pick up what my

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eyeballs can see, but it’s almost like

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desaturated mauve color. The dye bath

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was a really pretty dark red purple, but

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it faded as it sat in the dye bath

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overnight and went kind of a grey. The

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cotton yarn had picked up- again I’m not

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sure if my camera will be able to show

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this to you- it had picked up some of

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those red tones, so it was a little bit

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more mauve in the cotton, opposed the

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BFL tweed, which ended up this kind of a

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a tan with gray undertones. It’s very

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interesting.

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Now is the end of my dye experiments for

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Memorial Day, but I really like doing it

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that way with the two pots and then just

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like combining exhaust baths so I’m not

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just getting lighter and lighter

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colors. I’m ending up with colors with

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different tones, but they interact with

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each other differently?

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It’s kind of weird. Definitely not like a

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repeatable thing that I could aim for,

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but it’s fun to do with these like

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experiment samples. If you have any

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questions about my processes for that

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feel free to leave a question somewhere

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and I’ll go refer to my notes as to what

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I actually did for any of those things.

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But I just thought you might be

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interested to see what was coming out of

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some natural dye experiments. So let’s

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move on to some finished objects. I have

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two finished objects to show you today.

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The first is my hand spun sweater. I’m so

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excited that this is done, now that it’s

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too hot for me to wear. This is a sweater

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pattern that I self drafted. Here’s my

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pattern, with scribbles all over it. I used the drafting techniques

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from Knitting Pattern Essentials by

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Sally Melville, which if you are aiming

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to knit sweaters a lot, especially pieced

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sweaters, it is a really good resource

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and I recommend it. This sweater was knit

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on my LK150 Silver Reed knitting

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machine. This was the original swatch,

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which you can see why my calculations

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didn’t work out for the first sweater I

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did and these were my follow-up swatches,

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which are considerably bigger and

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actually in the pattern that I had

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intended to put the sweater in. But the

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first time I made this sweater, I had so

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much hand-spun leftover that I decided

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to skip that stripe. So here is my

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sweater. It is a set in sleeve,

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long-sleeved crewneck sweater with 1 by

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1 rib in black for the cuffs and the

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waistband and the neck band. Everything

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else is in my hand spun, which is did I

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write it down? Yes, I did.

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It’s from Spinners Hill Farm. I had orig-

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I had bought basically a ball of

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roving- roving that had been wound up

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into a ball that was 20 ounces. So a full

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pound and a quarter. And I spun it up and

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I made this sweater out of it, which I am

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so pleased by.

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Um the things about this sweater fit-

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It’s a little bit longer than I had

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anticipated, but it’s not a bad length. It’s

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a length that I like. The armhole depth

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is a little, a little bit wide and that’s

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something I think to watch out for in

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the next sweater that I do if I’m going

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to draft another sweater. I probably will

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now that I’ve done it once, at least for

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plain stockinette sweaters. So that’s

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something for me to keep in mind in the

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future is the depth of that armhole

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compared to the depth of this armhole.

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The only thing but I’m not particularly

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pleased about on this sweater is the

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bind off on the neck band. Let me just do

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this and that’s, I think, just the nature

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of the bind off from my knitting machine.

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It’s a little bit loose. It’s tightened

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up some with blocking, but it’s still, you

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can see, it’s not as tight as it

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should be. And I don’t know if that’s a

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byproduct of me laddering up the

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stitches and reforming them, or just the

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gauge and the space between the needles

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on the machine. I think next time I will

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bind off the neckband by hand and see if

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that is any better.

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And if not maybe doing two rows by hand

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00:29:53,480 –> 00:29:56,750
so that’s a smaller gauge- just like one

475
00:29:56,750 –> 00:30:00,139
or two rows- just to pull it in a smidge

476
00:30:00,139 –> 00:30:02,330
so that it doesn’t kind of flare out at

477
00:30:02,330 –> 00:30:04,730
the bind off. But that’s the only thing

478
00:30:04,730 –> 00:30:07,539
that really bothers me about the sweater

479
00:30:07,539 –> 00:30:11,059
and it’s minimal bother. I probably won’t

480
00:30:11,059 –> 00:30:12,620
even notice it when I pull it out to

481
00:30:12,620 –> 00:30:16,190
wear in the fall. It’s just you know

482
00:30:16,190 –> 00:30:17,600
when you block it out all nice and neat

483
00:30:17,600 –> 00:30:18,260
and you’re like

484
00:30:18,260 –> 00:30:21,220
it’s perfect! Oh, except for that neckline.

485
00:30:21,220 –> 00:30:24,440
But because of the way I do it on the

486
00:30:24,440 –> 00:30:24,800
machine,

487
00:30:24,800 –> 00:30:28,220
I seam up one side of one shoulder and

488
00:30:28,220 –> 00:30:31,520
then I hang the full neckline on the

489
00:30:31,520 –> 00:30:34,610
machine, do up the neckband, bind it off,

490
00:30:34,610 –> 00:30:38,420
and then seam the other side. It would be

491
00:30:38,420 –> 00:30:42,080
a pain to- cuz to do this I would have to

492
00:30:42,080 –> 00:30:47,600
unstitch this seam, tink it back, and then

493
00:30:47,600 –> 00:30:49,340
close it up and then redo the seam and

494
00:30:49,340 –> 00:30:51,530
I’m not gonna bother with it. That’s more

495
00:30:51,530 –> 00:30:53,270
fuss than I’m willing to put into a

496
00:30:53,270 –> 00:30:56,090
stockinette sweater out of hand spun, so

497
00:30:56,090 –> 00:30:57,500
it’s already uneven all over the place.

498
00:30:57,500 –> 00:31:02,410
Because my handspun is not even. But I’m

499
00:31:02,410 –> 00:31:07,370
very pleased with having my first hand

500
00:31:07,370 –> 00:31:10,760
spun sweater. Also I still had this much

501
00:31:10,760 –> 00:31:12,950
hand spun left. That was an absurd amount

502
00:31:12,950 –> 00:31:14,870
of yarn. I could have done this whole

503
00:31:14,870 –> 00:31:19,460
thing in handspun, but now I know. If this

504
00:31:19,460 –> 00:31:21,650
is still my spinning gauge, about 20

505
00:31:21,650 –> 00:31:25,070
ounces is what I need to do a sweater

506
00:31:25,070 –> 00:31:28,780
with enough for multiple swatches and

507
00:31:28,780 –> 00:31:35,870
emergency skein. But that’s done. And

508
00:31:35,870 –> 00:31:38,870
this was one of my Make 9 for 2019, which

509
00:31:38,870 –> 00:31:46,210
is very exciting.

510
00:31:46,210 –> 00:31:49,090
And then my second finished object is a

511
00:31:49,090 –> 00:31:51,760
work in progress I’ve had for literal

512
00:31:51,760 –> 00:31:59,050
years. It is a bit of cross-stitch. It is

513
00:31:59,050 –> 00:32:03,280
the Star Wars Aurabesh sampler pattern by

514
00:32:03,280 –> 00:32:11,110
AdLeones, upside down, and here it is.

515
00:32:11,110 –> 00:32:12,520
There’s crease lines because I’ve had it

516
00:32:12,520 –> 00:32:16,450
folded, but this is on an even weave

517
00:32:16,450 –> 00:32:22,410
linen. I don’t remember the count of it,

518
00:32:22,410 –> 00:32:29,490
but there is the Aurabesh alphabet sampler.

519
00:32:29,490 –> 00:32:33,190
I’m so pleased to finally have it done. I

520
00:32:33,190 –> 00:32:36,250
have my reference photos on my phone so

521
00:32:36,250 –> 00:32:40,960
I can look for a frame for it. That’s

522
00:32:40,960 –> 00:32:47,410
very satisfying. And again I’ve had this

523
00:32:47,410 –> 00:32:52,060
in progress for literal years, mostly

524
00:32:52,060 –> 00:32:59,020
because it’s- I’m used to doing the kind

525
00:32:59,020 –> 00:33:05,230
of cross stitch where the entire portion

526
00:33:05,230 –> 00:33:07,570
of the pattern is covered in stitches. So

527
00:33:07,570 –> 00:33:10,660
it’s real easy to count around, but this

528
00:33:10,660 –> 00:33:15,600
is a lot of space between stitches and I

529
00:33:15,600 –> 00:33:17,650
never knew if I was counting correctly.

530
00:33:17,650 –> 00:33:20,470
So I would- it was a lot of mental energy

531
00:33:20,470 –> 00:33:22,810
to make sure I was putting the letters

532
00:33:22,810 –> 00:33:26,440
in the right place, especially with the

533
00:33:26,440 –> 00:33:28,810
aurabesh letters because they’re not

534
00:33:28,810 –> 00:33:30,730
letters that I use all the time. So it’s

535
00:33:30,730 –> 00:33:34,630
hard to gauge, is this correct?

536
00:33:34,630 –> 00:33:39,310
Did I count this right? But I’m very

537
00:33:39,310 –> 00:33:42,040
pleased with this. Can’t wait to have it

538
00:33:42,040 –> 00:33:47,720
on my wall.

539
00:33:47,720 –> 00:33:52,830
That’s it for finished objects. So works

540
00:33:52,830 –> 00:33:56,130
in progress– my knitting has primarily

541
00:33:56,130 –> 00:34:00,000
been focused on this project. This is the

542
00:34:00,000 –> 00:34:05,040
Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry all

543
00:34:05,040 –> 00:34:09,750
in Once Upon a Corgi yarns. There are

544
00:34:09,750 –> 00:34:13,710
eight colors in total, two of them being

545
00:34:13,710 –> 00:34:17,070
held together in each color section, and

546
00:34:17,070 –> 00:34:19,950
I am now about a third of the way

547
00:34:19,950 –> 00:34:25,890
through the waistband. So here’s the

548
00:34:25,890 –> 00:34:27,630
start of the sweater, split for the

549
00:34:27,630 –> 00:34:34,260
sleeves, and here I am in the last color

550
00:34:34,260 –> 00:34:42,950
grouping in the ribbing portion. So

551
00:34:42,950 –> 00:34:49,350
progress is steady on this sweater. It

552
00:34:49,350 –> 00:34:51,330
helps that I’m holding the yarns

553
00:34:51,330 –> 00:34:54,270
together, so it does actually account

554
00:34:54,270 –> 00:34:57,360
for a DK weight, and my gauge is looser

555
00:34:57,360 –> 00:34:59,400
than her gauge, so I’m actually knitting a

556
00:34:59,400 –> 00:35:03,420
much smaller size than I would wear by

557
00:35:03,420 –> 00:35:06,930
the name. But my math worked out,

558
00:35:06,930 –> 00:35:12,180
we hope. It worked out on the last

559
00:35:12,180 –> 00:35:14,370
sweater. I’m trusting it to work out on

560
00:35:14,370 –> 00:35:20,190
this sweater. It’s a bit shapeless right

561
00:35:20,190 –> 00:35:28,430
now just because of the nature of

562
00:35:28,430 –> 00:35:31,860
top-down raglans before sleeves are put

563
00:35:31,860 –> 00:35:36,300
on them. But I’m excited for the progress

564
00:35:36,300 –> 00:35:39,870
on this sweater, but I think once I

565
00:35:39,870 –> 00:35:41,670
finish this sweater, I’m going to focus

566
00:35:41,670 –> 00:35:43,650
on the other works in progress that I

567
00:35:43,650 –> 00:35:47,790
have currently on the needles because a

568
00:35:47,790 –> 00:35:56,670
couple of them are pretty old. Yeah,

569
00:35:56,670 –> 00:36:03,640
so that’s chugging along. And I’ve got

570
00:36:03,640 –> 00:36:06,520
the new work-in-progress to show you.

571
00:36:06,520 –> 00:36:10,810
This is a machine knit. I’m calling it my

572
00:36:10,810 –> 00:36:12,730
blue cone boxy sweater.

573
00:36:12,730 –> 00:36:16,330
I took the measurements from the boxy

574
00:36:16,330 –> 00:36:21,760
pattern because Joji Locatelli- the

575
00:36:21,760 –> 00:36:24,520
boxy sweater by Joji Locatelli- she has

576
00:36:24,520 –> 00:36:28,120
the finished measurements listed in the

577
00:36:28,120 –> 00:36:34,180
pattern information. So it’s going to be

578
00:36:34,180 –> 00:36:38,290
similar to that style of sweater, but I’m

579
00:36:38,290 –> 00:36:39,940
mostly using techniques that I learned

580
00:36:39,940 –> 00:36:42,340
from Renee Callahan’s sweater blank

581
00:36:42,340 –> 00:36:46,180
sweater pattern to actually assemble it

582
00:36:46,180 –> 00:36:50,290
because I’m using this mystery blue cone

583
00:36:50,290 –> 00:36:53,380
that Gabby from the Once Upon a corgi

584
00:36:53,380 –> 00:36:59,410
podcast got from- oops, I forgot

585
00:36:59,410 –> 00:37:01,960
there were all these little things in

586
00:37:01,960 –> 00:37:06,520
this bag- got- her friend got it from a

587
00:37:06,520 –> 00:37:10,180
closing mill. So it’s not labeled and

588
00:37:10,180 –> 00:37:16,780
it’s a little bit absurd. So let me show

589
00:37:16,780 –> 00:37:21,400
you the first thing I did, which was the

590
00:37:21,400 –> 00:37:30,220
longest tube swatch known to man. Half of-

591
00:37:30,220 –> 00:37:32,320
most of my labels have fallen off of

592
00:37:32,320 –> 00:37:36,850
this and it’s a little bit linty because

593
00:37:36,850 –> 00:37:38,290
I threw it in the washer and the dryer

594
00:37:38,290 –> 00:37:40,600
just to get an idea of what washing it

595
00:37:40,600 –> 00:37:47,770
would do. So here is the longest swatch

596
00:37:47,770 –> 00:37:54,040
known to man. This is the lintiest- this is

597
00:37:54,040 –> 00:37:57,880
the yarn. It’s a single, so it probably

598
00:37:57,880 –> 00:38:01,390
was supposed to be spun into something

599
00:38:01,390 –> 00:38:09,160
else or used in possibly weaving. I’m

600
00:38:09,160 –> 00:38:10,439
not sure

601
00:38:10,439 –> 00:38:14,289
what that mill was for. I did a burn test

602
00:38:14,289 –> 00:38:21,069
on this yarn and it didn’t melt. It

603
00:38:21,069 –> 00:38:23,139
burned but it burned a weird color. But I

604
00:38:23,139 –> 00:38:24,519
don’t know if the weird color was just

605
00:38:24,519 –> 00:38:27,959
from the dye that’s left- dye and pro-

606
00:38:27,959 –> 00:38:31,209
probably spinning chemicals left on the

607
00:38:31,209 –> 00:38:33,819
yarn, but it did burn like a cotton so

608
00:38:33,819 –> 00:38:36,549
I’m guessing it’s a cotton. But it is

609
00:38:36,549 –> 00:38:41,769
extremely thin. It is cobweb, possibly

610
00:38:41,769 –> 00:38:46,239
bordering on thread. So what I did to

611
00:38:46,239 –> 00:38:48,929
figure out what I could even do with it

612
00:38:48,929 –> 00:38:53,619
as I did this monster swatch of I don’t

613
00:38:53,619 –> 00:38:56,409
remember how many rows even in every

614
00:38:56,409 –> 00:39:03,639
single dial setting on my kh836e, which

615
00:39:03,639 –> 00:39:05,499
is a standard gauge Brother knitting

616
00:39:05,499 –> 00:39:09,999
machine. So as you go through this tube

617
00:39:09,999 –> 00:39:15,849
it gets tighter and tighter until you

618
00:39:15,849 –> 00:39:18,189
get down to literally the smallest

619
00:39:18,189 –> 00:39:22,539
possible knitting gauge and it’s still

620
00:39:22,539 –> 00:39:27,689
see-through. So this is more kind of a

621
00:39:27,689 –> 00:39:33,039
throw on on a summer night garment. I ended

622
00:39:33,039 –> 00:39:48,329
up going for- sorry, that’s a one dot – I

623
00:39:48,329 –> 00:39:50,919
ended up going for a one, which is

624
00:39:50,919 –> 00:39:59,319
somewhere around this gauge. It’s hard to

625
00:39:59,319 –> 00:40:02,189
show because it’s a giant snake.

626
00:40:02,189 –> 00:40:04,619
Somewhere around this gauge because my

627
00:40:04,619 –> 00:40:06,849
machine started getting really unhappy

628
00:40:06,849 –> 00:40:11,249
down at zero. So did this giant

629
00:40:11,249 –> 00:40:16,269
swatch and then I swatched and I’ve

630
00:40:16,269 –> 00:40:18,249
forgotten to go grab the swatches so

631
00:40:18,249 –> 00:40:19,359
I’ll just tell you about them.

632
00:40:19,359 –> 00:40:21,099
I swatched for stockinette and I

633
00:40:21,099 –> 00:40:27,110
swatched for a tuck pattern using the

634
00:40:27,110 –> 00:40:28,289
635
00:40:28,289 –> 00:40:32,139
punch card on my machine. It’s punch card

636
00:40:32,139 –> 00:40:37,449
number two. So if you’re familiar with

637
00:40:37,449 –> 00:40:43,479
machine knitting, it’s the every other

638
00:40:43,479 –> 00:40:47,519
stitch for two rows and then switching.

639
00:40:47,519 –> 00:40:51,459
And I swatched that on the long setting

640
00:40:51,459 –> 00:40:56,349
so it knits each row in the card twice.

641
00:40:56,349 –> 00:41:01,419
Oh boy.

642
00:41:01,419 –> 00:41:04,479
I figured that was a great way to use up

643
00:41:04,479 –> 00:41:11,049
a bunch of this cone. So did out my math,

644
00:41:11,049 –> 00:41:12,939
wrote out my pattern, and then

645
00:41:12,939 –> 00:41:15,099
immediately knit my tiny little sleeves.

646
00:41:15,099 –> 00:41:18,039
Cuz that the boxy pattern has tiny

647
00:41:18,039 –> 00:41:20,259
little sleeves, so they’ll probably be

648
00:41:20,259 –> 00:41:29,359
somewhere like here.

649
00:41:29,359 –> 00:41:33,289
If that makes any sense. So here’s my

650
00:41:33,289 –> 00:41:35,479
tiny little sleeves and you can see on

651
00:41:35,479 –> 00:41:37,219
my sleeves that there is a considerable

652
00:41:37,219 –> 00:41:40,249
bias in this yarn because it is a single

653
00:41:40,249 –> 00:41:41,959
and it was probably meant to be plied

654
00:41:41,959 –> 00:41:45,259
with something else. So after this

655
00:41:45,259 –> 00:41:50,989
project, I may just set it aside and

656
00:41:50,989 –> 00:41:53,869
split it into plies and spin it together

657
00:41:53,869 –> 00:41:56,239
in the opposite direction so that it’s

658
00:41:56,239 –> 00:41:58,789
actually usable for things other than

659
00:41:58,789 –> 00:42:03,529
playing around with. But again that’s

660
00:42:03,529 –> 00:42:09,440
pretty see-through. And then I did the

661
00:42:09,440 –> 00:42:13,400
sweater back, which is- again I said I’m

662
00:42:13,400 –> 00:42:14,690
doing according to the sweater blank

663
00:42:14,690 –> 00:42:16,759
pattern by Renee Callahan- which is a

664
00:42:16,759 –> 00:42:18,319
rectangle because that’s a beginner

665
00:42:18,319 –> 00:42:19,849
pattern to kind of get familiar with

666
00:42:19,849 –> 00:42:25,910
your machine. So this rectangle has 46

667
00:42:25,910 –> 00:42:31,430
stockinette rows to start- did 44 and

668
00:42:31,430 –> 00:42:37,410
then did a

669
00:42:37,410 –> 00:42:47,160
forgot what this is called, fold over hem?

670
00:42:47,160 –> 00:42:49,690
There is a name for it, but I’ve

671
00:42:49,690 –> 00:42:51,359
forgotten what it is.

672
00:42:51,359 –> 00:42:58,920
so 44 stitches- and then 44 rows and then

673
00:42:58,920 –> 00:43:02,559
2 rows just to get that attached and set

674
00:43:02,559 –> 00:43:07,900
up. This is across 196 stitches.

675
00:43:07,900 –> 00:43:11,349
The machine has 200 needles. I wanted to

676
00:43:11,349 –> 00:43:15,819
have that extra two needles as a buffer

677
00:43:15,819 –> 00:43:19,329
so that I definitely knew that the punch

678
00:43:19,329 –> 00:43:21,220
card would pick up the next row of the

679
00:43:21,220 –> 00:43:23,200
machine. And then the rest of the sweater

680
00:43:23,200 –> 00:43:30,480
back is a full two 766 rows of knitting.

681
00:43:30,480 –> 00:43:34,150
Did I hurt myself doing that? Yes because

682
00:43:34,150 –> 00:43:40,540
I’m terrible at pacing myself. So here is

683
00:43:40,540 –> 00:43:48,910
the sweater back. Over 800 rows of

684
00:43:48,910 –> 00:43:52,180
knitting. Here we have the little markers

685
00:43:52,180 –> 00:43:56,650
are where the neck is because it’s a

686
00:43:56,650 –> 00:44:01,210
rectangle and the thing about tuck

687
00:44:01,210 –> 00:44:03,130
stitch is that it’s wider than

688
00:44:03,130 –> 00:44:08,349
stockinette so when I hold up this piece

689
00:44:08,349 –> 00:44:11,530
you can see that base over the middle of

690
00:44:11,530 –> 00:44:15,280
this is, it pulls in at the stockinette

691
00:44:15,280 –> 00:44:16,960
at the bottom and then I did two rows of

692
00:44:16,960 –> 00:44:18,910
stockinette at the top just so it would

693
00:44:18,910 –> 00:44:20,859
be easier just seam together later. And

694
00:44:20,859 –> 00:44:25,390
it pulls in there too, which I don’t know

695
00:44:25,390 –> 00:44:27,760
if it’ll affect the overall shape of

696
00:44:27,760 –> 00:44:31,059
this boxy sweater because I don’t know

697
00:44:31,059 –> 00:44:36,220
how these boxy sweaters work. But it was

698
00:44:36,220 –> 00:44:39,520
a lot of knitting. There’s also you can

699
00:44:39,520 –> 00:44:42,460
see these strings off- maybe you can’t,

700
00:44:42,460 –> 00:44:45,369
they’re very small- off the side. There is

701
00:44:45,369 –> 00:44:48,160
one needle probably three in from the

702
00:44:48,160 –> 00:44:48,700
end

703
00:44:48,700 –> 00:44:52,150
where I think four or five times it

704
00:44:52,150 –> 00:44:53,770
dropped a stitch. I don’t know if it’s

705
00:44:53,770 –> 00:44:57,280
just that needle or if it was how I was

706
00:44:57,280 –> 00:45:00,250
starting and stopping in my breaks

707
00:45:00,250 –> 00:45:02,799
because I did this over the course of

708
00:45:02,799 –> 00:45:07,480
a week because it was a lot of knitting.

709
00:45:07,480 –> 00:45:12,530
About a hundred roses about this much.

710
00:45:12,530 –> 00:45:14,250
711
00:45:14,250 –> 00:45:18,670
Yeah, so this is as basically as wide as

712
00:45:18,670 –> 00:45:20,859
I could get a piece off of the machine

713
00:45:20,859 –> 00:45:28,890
probably for- oh no, it’s probably enough

714
00:45:28,890 –> 00:45:36,660
ease that if fits the boxy sweater

715
00:45:36,660 –> 00:45:45,490
parameters. And I’m not- how do i phrase

716
00:45:45,490 –> 00:45:54,970
this? So looking at the boxy sweater, it’s

717
00:45:54,970 –> 00:45:57,490
not a sweater that directly appeals to

718
00:45:57,490 –> 00:46:00,339
me because I like the shape of the

719
00:46:00,339 –> 00:46:01,799
sweater or anything.

720
00:46:01,799 –> 00:46:07,390
Mostly I’m curious as to how a boxy

721
00:46:07,390 –> 00:46:11,109
sweater would fit me because it’s the-

722
00:46:11,109 –> 00:46:13,030
people that I see wearing the boxxy

723
00:46:13,030 –> 00:46:18,250
sweater are all pretty slim people, just

724
00:46:18,250 –> 00:46:26,380
through what I’ve seen. I mean I have

725
00:46:26,380 –> 00:46:31,290
seen a couple of people larger than a

726
00:46:31,290 –> 00:46:35,290
stick wearing it, but there’s usually

727
00:46:35,290 –> 00:46:37,599
some kind of alteration made to it like
,
728
00:46:37,599 –> 00:46:43,180
cropping it or other things. And people

729
00:46:43,180 –> 00:46:46,270
claim that it’s a good sweater shape for

730
00:46:46,270 –> 00:46:50,890
everyone, but I don’t necessarily believe

731
00:46:50,890 –> 00:46:53,170
people when they say things like that, so

732
00:46:53,170 –> 00:46:58,270
I figured I could try it out knitting

733
00:46:58,270 –> 00:47:00,579
one on the machine in a yarn that I have

734
00:47:00,579 –> 00:47:02,260
no other use for

735
00:47:02,260 –> 00:47:06,550
and if it doesn’t look good, then this

736
00:47:06,550 –> 00:47:11,380
type of thing would be real easy to give

737
00:47:11,380 –> 00:47:14,950
to somebody, especially if I finish it

738
00:47:14,950 –> 00:47:16,540
right in the middle of summer. This would

739
00:47:16,540 –> 00:47:18,880
be a great like beach throw over for

740
00:47:18,880 –> 00:47:21,940
somebody if it ends up looking terrible

741
00:47:21,940 –> 00:47:25,170
on me.

742
00:47:25,170 –> 00:47:30,130
So that was my reasoning. I also didn’t

743
00:47:30,130 –> 00:47:32,440
anticipate having to take a week to knit

744
00:47:32,440 –> 00:47:34,780
the sweater back because it was over 800

745
00:47:34,780 –> 00:47:37,930
rows. That math caught me by surprise.

746
00:47:37,930 –> 00:47:41,349
And then I was like oh yeah, this is a

747
00:47:41,349 –> 00:47:43,270
very fine yarn. Of course it’s going to

748
00:47:43,270 –> 00:47:45,400
be a lot of rows. I didn’t anticipate how

749
00:47:45,400 –> 00:47:48,190
many rows I would be feeling in my back

750
00:47:48,190 –> 00:47:50,500
and in my abdominal muscles as I went

751
00:47:50,500 –> 00:47:52,960
the full length of the bed with the

752
00:47:52,960 –> 00:47:56,619
knitting carriage with a cotton yarn, so

753
00:47:56,619 –> 00:47:57,760
there’s no stretch and there’s

754
00:47:57,760 –> 00:48:02,200
resistance the whole way. Did not plan

755
00:48:02,200 –> 00:48:06,300
that very well. So when I finished this, I

756
00:48:06,300 –> 00:48:09,700
did a second swatch using that same

757
00:48:09,700 –> 00:48:12,430
punch card, but I did it on the the

758
00:48:12,430 –> 00:48:15,250
normal punch card? The short triangle?

759
00:48:15,250 –> 00:48:19,540
There’s no good- there’s no good

760
00:48:19,540 –> 00:48:21,910
universal terminology for knitting

761
00:48:21,910 –> 00:48:24,280
machines because it seems like they’re

762
00:48:24,280 –> 00:48:26,200
all slightly different? So on my machine

763
00:48:26,200 –> 00:48:28,300
there’s a little circle for stop so it’s

764
00:48:28,300 –> 00:48:29,770
not doing anything with the punch card,

765
00:48:29,770 –> 00:48:31,750
then there’s a short triangle for

766
00:48:31,750 –> 00:48:33,819
changing the punch card every row, and

767
00:48:33,819 –> 00:48:36,250
then a long triangle for knitting 2 rows

768
00:48:36,250 –> 00:48:38,530
on one line and then knitting 2 rows on

769
00:48:38,530 –> 00:48:43,930
the next line. So I have swatched out the

770
00:48:43,930 –> 00:48:50,890
short triangle, which again is the same

771
00:48:50,890 –> 00:48:52,900
pattern. It’s just how many tucks are

772
00:48:52,900 –> 00:48:57,849
actually tucked. So on my sweater back

773
00:48:57,849 –> 00:49:01,210
it’s 4 strands are tucked and on this

774
00:49:01,210 –> 00:49:06,240
one it’s 2 strands are tucked.

775
00:49:06,240 –> 00:49:08,559
But now that it’s blocked and everything

776
00:49:08,559 –> 00:49:12,599
it’s definitely not- I mean I could do it,

777
00:49:12,599 –> 00:49:14,950
but I think there would be some weird

778
00:49:14,950 –> 00:49:17,020
weight distribution in the sweater

779
00:49:17,020 –> 00:49:19,720
itself since the tuck with the four

780
00:49:19,720 –> 00:49:21,130
strands is going to be a lot heavier

781
00:49:21,130 –> 00:49:23,230
than the tuck with the two strands. So

782
00:49:23,230 –> 00:49:27,730
I’m just gonna have to do the front the

783
00:49:27,730 –> 00:49:30,970
way I had originally planned it and just

784
00:49:30,970 –> 00:49:37,780
maybe take two weeks to do it, so that I

785
00:49:37,780 –> 00:49:44,829
don’t damage myself. So that’s the plan

786
00:49:44,829 –> 00:49:49,480
with that. I did start a new project cuz

787
00:49:49,480 –> 00:49:53,069
I realized that I don’t keep anything in

788
00:49:53,069 –> 00:50:05,049
my work bag for knitting and, I don’t

789
00:50:05,049 –> 00:50:08,010
know, it just struck me as that was weird.

790
00:50:08,010 –> 00:50:13,380
So I basically cast on a tube for

791
00:50:13,380 –> 00:50:15,279
keeping in my knitting bag. You’ll

792
00:50:15,279 –> 00:50:18,099
probably not see this for 50 million

793
00:50:18,099 –> 00:50:23,289
years after this episode because I don’t

794
00:50:23,289 –> 00:50:24,220
think it’s gonna be something I’m going

795
00:50:24,220 –> 00:50:26,230
to be working on regularly, just kind of

796
00:50:26,230 –> 00:50:29,559
like my emergency knitting. So it’s just

797
00:50:29,559 –> 00:50:32,770
a fingering weight yarn.

798
00:50:32,770 –> 00:50:34,779
This is Pinstripes Are In by Once Upon a

799
00:50:34,779 –> 00:50:36,400
Corgi. It’s I think her only

800
00:50:36,400 –> 00:50:38,920
self-striping yarn colorway that she’s

801
00:50:38,920 –> 00:50:40,839
ever done. It was part of the Series of

802
00:50:40,839 –> 00:50:46,539
Unfortunate Events clubs and here we go.

803
00:50:46,539 –> 00:50:48,970
here’s an inch of a cuff. It’s a 1 by 1

804
00:50:48,970 –> 00:50:53,049
cuff knit on size 0 which is 2 millimeter

805
00:50:53,049 –> 00:50:57,640
needles. Once I get to the stockinette,

806
00:50:57,640 –> 00:51:01,180
I’ll switch over to magic loop and then

807
00:51:01,180 –> 00:51:04,770
it’ll just be a long sock tube with

808
00:51:04,770 –> 00:51:11,319
ribbing on each end. And I’ll cut it in

809
00:51:11,319 –> 00:51:14,819
half, add toes, and then cut in heels.

810
00:51:14,819 –> 00:51:16,859
But like I said this is kind of my

811
00:51:16,859 –> 00:51:20,209
emergency knitting, so it’s not really an

812
00:51:20,209 –> 00:51:23,299
active project. I just wanted to show you

813
00:51:23,299 –> 00:51:32,640
that I had it. Next project is cross

814
00:51:32,640 –> 00:51:36,559
stitch because I finished my ages old

815
00:51:36,559 –> 00:51:39,089
sampler. I decided to go with a simpler

816
00:51:39,089 –> 00:51:41,759
project. Of course I still screwed it up

817
00:51:41,759 –> 00:51:43,529
because I was working on black aida

818
00:51:43,529 –> 00:51:45,150
fabric in the middle of the night

819
00:51:45,150 –> 00:51:48,329
without sufficient light because i’m a

820
00:51:48,329 –> 00:51:49,249
genius.

821
00:51:49,249 –> 00:51:52,439
This is the Jedi Order symbol by Woot

822
00:51:52,439 –> 00:51:55,380
Graphic Design on Etsy. I don’t

823
00:51:55,380 –> 00:52:01,229
know if their shop is still around. This

824
00:52:01,229 –> 00:52:06,059
is on 14 count back aida fabric. You can

825
00:52:06,059 –> 00:52:11,269
see I did the outline of the circle and

826
00:52:11,269 –> 00:52:15,059
as I was going through the interior part,

827
00:52:15,059 –> 00:52:17,640
all the counts were off so somewhere on

828
00:52:17,640 –> 00:52:21,299
one side I screwed up the count while I

829
00:52:21,299 –> 00:52:25,289
was watching Gotham in the dark and not

830
00:52:25,289 –> 00:52:27,659
counting the fabric correctly. So I

831
00:52:27,659 –> 00:52:30,719
unpicked all the circle. All that

832
00:52:30,719 –> 00:52:33,419
leftover fuzz will either be removed or

833
00:52:33,419 –> 00:52:35,729
covered up when the circle actually goes

834
00:52:35,729 –> 00:52:43,489
in, but I’m gonna finish out this bit and

835
00:52:43,489 –> 00:52:45,749
then go back to the circle. This is the

836
00:52:45,749 –> 00:52:48,119
only part I left because that’s accurate

837
00:52:48,119 –> 00:52:51,890
there’s just I think two or three more

838
00:52:51,890 –> 00:52:54,329
cross stitches to go above and then it’s

839
00:52:54,329 –> 00:52:56,429
that with the circle all the way around

840
00:52:56,429 –> 00:53:00,239
and then I’ll go in and I’ll fill in the

841
00:53:00,239 –> 00:53:02,339
other gold. So it’s just the one color

842
00:53:02,339 –> 00:53:06,419
gold on black aida fabric. I’ll finish

843
00:53:06,419 –> 00:53:08,939
this in a hoop so I can just stick it on

844
00:53:08,939 –> 00:53:12,989
the wall. Except for the counting, nice

845
00:53:12,989 –> 00:53:21,550
and easy.

846
00:53:21,550 –> 00:53:24,320
Then next, I have spinning.

847
00:53:24,320 –> 00:53:29,630
I lost where everything is, okay. So I

848
00:53:29,630 –> 00:53:38,890
finished the Greenwood Fiberworks mallard

849
00:53:38,890 –> 00:53:43,190
singles and over it I spun these singles.

850
00:53:43,190 –> 00:53:46,910
These are Classy Squid Fiber Company, the

851
00:53:46,910 –> 00:53:50,140
Raven King, which is a two ounce batt.

852
00:53:50,140 –> 00:53:54,580
Again, this is on my Ashford Kiwi. I

853
00:53:54,580 –> 00:53:57,830
drafted these in kind of a supported

854
00:53:57,830 –> 00:54:00,080
long draw because you can do that with

855
00:54:00,080 –> 00:54:07,040
batts fairly easily and the Classy

856
00:54:07,040 –> 00:54:08,900
Squid Biber batts just tell me what they

857
00:54:08,900 –> 00:54:10,550
want to be. I don’t have any control over

858
00:54:10,550 –> 00:54:15,350
them. So that’s that and that’s it for

859
00:54:15,350 –> 00:54:17,210
these bobbins. These bobbins are done and

860
00:54:17,210 –> 00:54:18,590
they’re going to wait until I have

861
00:54:18,590 –> 00:54:21,080
a plying party when I ply up all the

862
00:54:21,080 –> 00:54:25,970
yarn in the universe. Which means that I

863
00:54:25,970 –> 00:54:30,260
had to start a new bobbin on my wheel. So

864
00:54:30,260 –> 00:54:37,810
here’s the first bobbin. This is some

865
00:54:37,810 –> 00:54:41,210
Falkland, I think merino. This is from the

866
00:54:41,210 –> 00:54:44,420
great dye experiment of August a few

867
00:54:44,420 –> 00:54:49,190
years ago, before- well really where Gabby

868
00:54:49,190 –> 00:54:51,650
from Once Upon a corgi discovered her

869
00:54:51,650 –> 00:54:56,390
love of dyeing things. Because she’s my

870
00:54:56,390 –> 00:54:57,950
sister, so we decided to have a dye

871
00:54:57,950 –> 00:55:00,290
experiment day, and this was one of- I

872
00:55:00,290 –> 00:55:02,840
think this was the the fiber I used to

873
00:55:02,840 –> 00:55:05,660
clean up the dye pot because there were

874
00:55:05,660 –> 00:55:07,190
some red in there. And some blue, like I

875
00:55:07,190 –> 00:55:10,850
just started chucking in the leftover

876
00:55:10,850 –> 00:55:13,580
little dye amounts we had so it’s mostly

877
00:55:13,580 –> 00:55:15,710
blue with a little bit of purple because

878
00:55:15,710 –> 00:55:18,730
we mostly had red and blue left.

879
00:55:18,730 –> 00:55:23,990
So one bobbin is going to be this braid

880
00:55:23,990 –> 00:55:27,750
of fiber.

881
00:55:27,750 –> 00:55:34,960
Let me get my bag full of fluffs. So that’s

882
00:55:34,960 –> 00:55:38,200
going to be one ply of this yarn, is my

883
00:55:38,200 –> 00:55:40,450
hand dyed fiber.

884
00:55:40,450 –> 00:55:42,910
Which is slightly felty so it’s a

885
00:55:42,910 –> 00:55:45,370
little bit slow going, but I didn’t know

886
00:55:45,370 –> 00:55:49,180
what I was doing. And then the other ply

887
00:55:49,180 –> 00:55:53,380
will be this fiber- take it out of the

888
00:55:53,380 –> 00:55:57,340
bag so you can see it, which is Phoenix

889
00:55:57,340 –> 00:56:01,180
Fiber Co lakeshore. This came out of

890
00:56:01,180 –> 00:56:03,690
somebody’s destash. I think somebody from

891
00:56:03,690 –> 00:56:10,300
Gabby’s knit group, maybe. It’s possibly

892
00:56:10,300 –> 00:56:11,860
even somebody I know. I’ve just forgotten

893
00:56:11,860 –> 00:56:17,100
because I have a brain like Swiss cheese.

894
00:56:17,100 –> 00:56:20,280
So that’s going to be the other ply and

895
00:56:20,280 –> 00:56:23,830
this fiber I didn’t write down what the fiber

896
00:56:23,830 –> 00:56:28,600
content is. Is it in here? It’s alpaca, merino,

897
00:56:28,600 –> 00:56:32,230
silk. So I don’t know if I told you on

898
00:56:32,230 –> 00:56:35,410
the podcast my spinning plans right now.

899
00:56:35,410 –> 00:56:41,860
A lot of my spinning stash is impulse

900
00:56:41,860 –> 00:56:45,550
bla- impulse buys and one-off braids of

901
00:56:45,550 –> 00:56:48,820
fiber that don’t go with each other and

902
00:56:48,820 –> 00:56:51,640
I don’t know what to do with it. So when

903
00:56:51,640 –> 00:56:54,730
I’m aiming to do right now is to spin up

904
00:56:54,730 –> 00:56:59,290
as much of that as I can this year, so

905
00:56:59,290 –> 00:57:01,960
that I have it as a finished yarn. As a

906
00:57:01,960 –> 00:57:05,380
finished yarn I can, you know, clip off a

907
00:57:05,380 –> 00:57:07,960
sample of it put it on an index card or

908
00:57:07,960 –> 00:57:10,570
tag or something and I can bring that

909
00:57:10,570 –> 00:57:14,350
with me to festivals, on yarn crawls, that

910
00:57:14,350 –> 00:57:16,150
kind of thing, to find a yarn that will

911
00:57:16,150 –> 00:57:19,900
go with it to put it with a project. It’s

912
00:57:19,900 –> 00:57:24,690
a little bit harder for me personally to

913
00:57:24,690 –> 00:57:28,270
even figure out what types of fibers go

914
00:57:28,270 –> 00:57:32,440
with other types of fi- hmm, words are hard. I

915
00:57:32,440 –> 00:57:34,330
can’t do the same thing with a bit of

916
00:57:34,330 –> 00:57:36,850
the fiber to match with other fibers

917
00:57:36,850 –> 00:57:40,300
because I’m not a very controlled

918
00:57:40,300 –> 00:57:41,049
spinner.

919
00:57:41,049 –> 00:57:43,359
I spin how the yarn wants me to spin

920
00:57:43,359 –> 00:57:46,719
it basically, and what my hands are

921
00:57:46,719 –> 00:57:50,979
comfortable with, so two braids that might

922
00:57:50,979 –> 00:57:53,589
look exactly identical might spin up

923
00:57:53,589 –> 00:57:55,329
differently if they’re different fibers

924
00:57:55,329 –> 00:57:57,329
or if it’s a different time of day or

925
00:57:57,329 –> 00:57:59,769
how they were dyed even might have

926
00:57:59,769 –> 00:58:07,509
different color interactions. So unless

927
00:58:07,509 –> 00:58:10,569
I’m buying you know, three or four braids

928
00:58:10,569 –> 00:58:13,749
at once from the same- not even the same

929
00:58:13,749 –> 00:58:15,929
dye lot- but you know from the same

930
00:58:15,929 –> 00:58:18,609
festival booth, in the same store, or

931
00:58:18,609 –> 00:58:23,499
whatever, that seems like an intentional

932
00:58:23,499 –> 00:58:25,689
spin. But trying to find things that go

933
00:58:25,689 –> 00:58:28,569
with braids that I already have is hard

934
00:58:28,569 –> 00:58:31,539
to do. I can more easily match it if it’s

935
00:58:31,539 –> 00:58:35,199
already a yarn and usually I end up with

936
00:58:35,199 –> 00:58:37,209
ideas for what to do with it while I’m

937
00:58:37,209 –> 00:58:41,259
spinning. So I’m trying to go through

938
00:58:41,259 –> 00:58:44,799
those one-off stash fibers so that I

939
00:58:44,799 –> 00:58:50,079
have intentions for what to do with them

940
00:58:50,079 –> 00:58:52,089
and I’m trying to be more intentional

941
00:58:52,089 –> 00:58:54,669
for the fiber that I do buy in the

942
00:58:54,669 –> 00:58:58,599
future, so aiming to buy more than one

943
00:58:58,599 –> 00:59:01,749
braid of a thing that I have a kind of

944
00:59:01,749 –> 00:59:06,099
an idea of what I can do with the

945
00:59:06,099 –> 00:59:08,889
finished yarn. Because just one 4 ounce

946
00:59:08,889 –> 00:59:11,639
braid? The only thing that I’ve really

947
00:59:11,639 –> 00:59:14,529
sometimes successfully managed with that

948
00:59:14,529 –> 00:59:17,199
is a hat and sometimes not. Sometimes

949
00:59:17,199 –> 00:59:18,969
that’s not even enough, depending on how

950
00:59:18,969 –> 00:59:23,829
I spun it. So there’s gonna be lots of

951
00:59:23,829 –> 00:59:27,639
one-off spinning in the future for my

952
00:59:27,639 –> 00:59:32,709
spinning updates. So I’ve got two more

953
00:59:32,709 –> 00:59:35,169
works in progress to show you real quick.

954
00:59:35,169 –> 00:59:39,969
I have finished the weaving on my combo

955
00:59:39,969 –> 00:59:45,069
weaving/sewing project. This- these are

956
00:59:45,069 –> 00:59:53,949
all cotton or linen or hemp blended

957
00:59:53,949 –> 00:59:58,560
yarns.

958
00:59:58,560 –> 01:00:06,100
Just an even weave pseudo plaid and

959
01:00:06,100 –> 01:00:10,690
these will be made into a vest for my

960
01:00:10,690 –> 01:00:14,110
Renaissance Faire costume. So I’ve taken

961
01:00:14,110 –> 01:00:16,810
it off the loom. I have measured it,

962
01:00:16,810 –> 01:00:19,330
washed it, remeasured it. It’s narrower

963
01:00:19,330 –> 01:00:24,850
than what my original calculations came

964
01:00:24,850 –> 01:00:27,480
out to be, which is fine because my

965
01:00:27,480 –> 01:00:31,450
muslin sample was a little bit wider

966
01:00:31,450 –> 01:00:33,520
than I wanted. But I figured you know I

967
01:00:33,520 –> 01:00:37,390
could just take in the seams when I

968
01:00:37,390 –> 01:00:40,390
figured out what my actual finished

969
01:00:40,390 –> 01:00:43,360
width would be if I needed to. And

970
01:00:43,360 –> 01:00:45,430
there’s also a little bit longer than I

971
01:00:45,430 –> 01:00:47,080
had anticipated which is great because

972
01:00:47,080 –> 01:00:48,730
that was another thing I had with-

973
01:00:48,730 –> 01:00:51,280
another thing I noticed about the muslin

974
01:00:51,280 –> 01:00:53,440
is a little too short because of belting

975
01:00:53,440 –> 01:00:58,900
it at the waist for my costume. So the

976
01:00:58,900 –> 01:01:01,560
fabric itself is finished and I have

977
01:01:01,560 –> 01:01:05,700
woven in these orange lines for

978
01:01:05,700 –> 01:01:13,570
basically four even pieces. So once I

979
01:01:13,570 –> 01:01:15,640
stitch reinforcements along either side

980
01:01:15,640 –> 01:01:19,660
of that line, that’s where these pieces

981
01:01:19,660 –> 01:01:22,330
will be cut and then I can trace out the

982
01:01:22,330 –> 01:01:25,260
pattern pieces onto the fabric and

983
01:01:25,260 –> 01:01:30,220
assemble. The only thing I’m debating now-

984
01:01:30,220 –> 01:01:32,770
well I do have to figure out what fabric

985
01:01:32,770 –> 01:01:41,230
to use for bias binding for the neckline

986
01:01:41,230 –> 01:01:45,190
and I think the armholes, but I also need

987
01:01:45,190 –> 01:01:47,620
to figure out if I want to use fabric

988
01:01:47,620 –> 01:01:49,780
for the reinforcement tags or weave

989
01:01:49,780 –> 01:01:52,060
little reinforcement tags because

990
01:01:52,060 –> 01:01:53,860
there’s three of them. There’s one at the

991
01:01:53,860 –> 01:01:57,010
neckline and then two on either side

992
01:01:57,010 –> 01:02:00,070
where it splits at the hip, so I don’t

993
01:02:00,070 –> 01:02:01,420
know if I’m going to weave something for

994
01:02:01,420 –> 01:02:03,490
that or if I’m going to just sew piece

995
01:02:03,490 –> 01:02:05,620
of fabric on there. That’s literally the

996
01:02:05,620 –> 01:02:07,420
last thing to do on the project.

997
01:02:07,420 –> 01:02:09,730
So I’ve got time to think about it, but

998
01:02:09,730 –> 01:02:11,290
it’s something to keep in mind, and I do

999
01:02:11,290 –> 01:02:14,380
have plenty of this yarn left because I

1000
01:02:14,380 –> 01:02:16,270
don’t know how to calculate any yardage

1001
01:02:16,270 –> 01:02:21,490
ever and I always over buy. But that’s a

1002
01:02:21,490 –> 01:02:26,140
nice bit of progress and I’ve also

1003
01:02:26,140 –> 01:02:29,500
started on a half square triangle quilt

1004
01:02:29,500 –> 01:02:32,260
using moda five inch charm squares. I’ll

1005
01:02:32,260 –> 01:02:34,780
put in a video here of what’s the

1006
01:02:34,780 –> 01:02:38,109
current state of the squares are. I have

1007
01:02:38,109 –> 01:02:40,059
made all the half square triangles and

1008
01:02:40,059 –> 01:02:42,190
I’m in the process of trimming them down.

1009
01:02:42,190 –> 01:02:43,480
I’m trimming them down pretty

1010
01:02:43,480 –> 01:02:45,579
considerably cuz some of

1011
01:02:45,579 –> 01:02:47,559
them have warped a lot and this is a

1012
01:02:47,559 –> 01:02:50,410
gift project, so I want them to be even

1013
01:02:50,410 –> 01:03:03,630
as possible. Right, that’s also a Make

1014
01:03:03,630 –> 01:03:09,280
9 2019 project, so I am really doing well

1015
01:03:09,280 –> 01:03:12,190
with these make- with my Make 9 2019

1016
01:03:12,190 –> 01:03:15,119
projects. I feel really accomplished and

1017
01:03:15,119 –> 01:03:17,290
hopefully I’ll get through all nine of

1018
01:03:17,290 –> 01:03:23,020
them. So that’s it for works in progress.

1019
01:03:23,020 –> 01:03:25,510
I do have a couple of swatches. I had talked

1020
01:03:25,510 –> 01:03:28,960
about future swatches last episode. I

1021
01:03:28,960 –> 01:03:32,079
have two swatches for combining machine

1022
01:03:32,079 –> 01:03:35,980
knit and hand knitting so that I can do

1023
01:03:35,980 –> 01:03:38,530
machine knit color work yoked sweaters

1024
01:03:38,530 –> 01:03:42,369
and then just- wait did I say that right?

1025
01:03:42,369 –> 01:03:45,369
Hand knit color work yolk and then

1026
01:03:45,369 –> 01:03:48,220
machine knit all the plain stockinette

1027
01:03:48,220 –> 01:03:52,260
in the body and the sleeves. So I have two-

1028
01:03:52,260 –> 01:03:55,119
where did that come from? I have two

1029
01:03:55,119 –> 01:03:57,670
swatches, which basically look identical

1030
01:03:57,670 –> 01:04:00,190
but I think that was because of my and

1031
01:04:00,190 –> 01:04:05,230
knitting tension. So here’s the first one

1032
01:04:05,230 –> 01:04:13,000
I did. The two rows of the silver

1033
01:04:13,000 –> 01:04:16,780
here- and this leftover Knit Picks wool

1034
01:04:16,780 –> 01:04:18,369
of Andes sport. This is from my

1035
01:04:18,369 –> 01:04:20,440
Slytherin scarf.

1036
01:04:20,440 –> 01:04:23,589
I knit my little swatches in the gauge I

1037
01:04:23,589 –> 01:04:26,650
used for my scarf so I have a long

1038
01:04:26,650 –> 01:04:28,630
swatch here that I can take measurements

1039
01:04:28,630 –> 01:04:30,550
off of if I need to and then a tiny

1040
01:04:30,550 –> 01:04:32,680
little swatch back here so that I could

1041
01:04:32,680 –> 01:04:40,060
go in the round. So all of my machine

1042
01:04:40,060 –> 01:04:45,930
knit swatch pieces are what is it?

1043
01:04:45,930 –> 01:04:48,849
Dial tension 3 on the LK150

1044
01:04:48,849 –> 01:04:52,930
and the tension rod at 3as

1045
01:04:52,930 –> 01:04:58,150
well. When I picked this one up I did

1046
01:04:58,150 –> 01:05:00,250
no selvage stitches, so I picked up

1047
01:05:00,250 –> 01:05:04,680
every single stitch because I forgot about selvedge

1048
01:05:04,680 –> 01:05:08,290
stitches and then I knit this color

1049
01:05:08,290 –> 01:05:15,550
work in US 3, which is a 3.25

1050
01:05:15,550 –> 01:05:19,540
millimeter needle and bound it

1051
01:05:19,540 –> 01:05:24,270
off. So the 3 is actually pretty good.

1052
01:05:24,270 –> 01:05:25,770
1053
01:05:25,770 –> 01:05:29,109
There is a little bit of a pucker where

1054
01:05:29,109 –> 01:05:31,359
the pieces meet, just a slight one,

1055
01:05:31,359 –> 01:05:32,890
because I didn’t account for that

1056
01:05:32,890 –> 01:05:35,200
selvage edge. In order to seam it up, you

1057
01:05:35,200 –> 01:05:37,000
need one stitch on either side to do

1058
01:05:37,000 –> 01:05:41,230
mattress stitch, but it blocked out

1059
01:05:41,230 –> 01:05:49,540
pretty evenly. You can see there- right

1060
01:05:49,540 –> 01:05:52,480
there there’s a little bit of a indent

1061
01:05:52,480 –> 01:06:00,730
because of that extra stitch, but I

1062
01:06:00,730 –> 01:06:03,880
did knit the color work fairly loosely

1063
01:06:03,880 –> 01:06:06,130
because I hadn’t done color work in a

1064
01:06:06,130 –> 01:06:09,369
while. And then I did it again with a

1065
01:06:09,369 –> 01:06:12,579
US 4 which is a 3.5 millimeter needle

1066
01:06:12,579 –> 01:06:15,579
and this doesn’t look right at all. I

1067
01:06:15,579 –> 01:06:20,349
think my hands were too tense on the

1068
01:06:20,349 –> 01:06:23,290
color work. So you can actually see when

1069
01:06:23,290 –> 01:06:24,970
I stick my hand in, that it’s a lot less

1070
01:06:24,970 –> 01:06:29,290
elastic than how I knit it with the

1071
01:06:29,290 –> 01:06:35,400
3.

1072
01:06:35,400 –> 01:06:38,020
So I probably have to do this with a

1073
01:06:38,020 –> 01:06:42,340
4 again. This one I did leave a selvage

1074
01:06:42,340 –> 01:06:53,800
stitch, so the stitches- I picked up all

1075
01:06:53,800 –> 01:06:56,440
the stitches except for one on each end

1076
01:06:56,440 –> 01:07:04,119
of the Machine knit swatch and yeah, if I

1077
01:07:04,119 –> 01:07:06,250
knit with the 4 the way I knit with the

1078
01:07:06,250 –> 01:07:09,940
3, I think I would have been kind of

1079
01:07:09,940 –> 01:07:16,240
in the golden zone there, but apparently

1080
01:07:16,240 –> 01:07:19,960
I was real stressed. I think this one I

1081
01:07:19,960 –> 01:07:22,240
knit on a weekday after work instead of

1082
01:07:22,240 –> 01:07:27,460
on a weekend when I’m relaxed. So I’m

1083
01:07:27,460 –> 01:07:31,630
gonna re- I have another another couple

1084
01:07:31,630 –> 01:07:35,140
of swatches, so I’m gonna redo with the

1085
01:07:35,140 –> 01:07:40,900
4s this swatch and see if it works

1086
01:07:40,900 –> 01:07:44,890
out better. But I did try to go up to a

1087
01:07:44,890 –> 01:07:47,170
five, but I couldn’t get the needles

1088
01:07:47,170 –> 01:07:52,000
through the stitches, so. So a three or

1089
01:07:52,000 –> 01:07:56,140
four is basically my zone. So if I was

1090
01:07:56,140 –> 01:08:01,750
maybe doing something where I wanted the

1091
01:08:01,750 –> 01:08:05,770
color work to pull in, I would knit more

1092
01:08:05,770 –> 01:08:07,780
tightly, but I think a four at a loose

1093
01:08:07,780 –> 01:08:14,650
tension would be pretty good. Which is

1094
01:08:14,650 –> 01:08:16,060
exciting to know. I thought I’d have to

1095
01:08:16,060 –> 01:08:17,950
do a lot more experimentation because my

1096
01:08:17,950 –> 01:08:28,500
handknitting gauge is so loose. Yeah.

1097
01:08:28,500 –> 01:08:31,719
But I think the color work helps me that

1098
01:08:31,719 –> 01:08:35,680
way. Because I do have to be more

1099
01:08:35,680 –> 01:08:38,290
conscious of knitting evenly, that it’s

1100
01:08:38,290 –> 01:08:44,740
easier to get an idea of

1101
01:08:44,740 –> 01:08:47,830
what size I should be knitting. I’m not

1102
01:08:47,830 –> 01:08:51,010
sure if that made sense just now, but I’m

1103
01:08:51,010 –> 01:08:52,860
considering this experiment a success.

1104
01:08:52,860 –> 01:08:57,450
Because I do have planned for a Make

1105
01:08:57,450 –> 01:09:07,480
9 2019 a sweater in this exact yarn but

1106
01:09:07,480 –> 01:09:11,140
in a red and a gray so that’s helpful to

1107
01:09:11,140 –> 01:09:13,600
know. And then I have just a quick couple

1108
01:09:13,600 –> 01:09:16,840
of things for other stuff that I want to

1109
01:09:16,840 –> 01:09:19,240
tell you about before you can go on with

1110
01:09:19,240 –> 01:09:21,130
the rest of your day.

1111
01:09:21,130 –> 01:09:24,730
Stuff I’ve- stuff I’m listening to. I have

1112
01:09:24,730 –> 01:09:26,590
two new podcasts that I wanted to

1113
01:09:26,590 –> 01:09:30,640
mention. The case of Charles Dexter Ward,

1114
01:09:30,640 –> 01:09:35,230
which is a BBC4 production of the HP

1115
01:09:35,230 –> 01:09:37,510
Lovecraft short story by the same name

1116
01:09:37,510 –> 01:09:41,170
and it’s done as like a true crime

1117
01:09:41,170 –> 01:09:43,570
investigative podcast, which I think is

1118
01:09:43,570 –> 01:09:45,640
super interesting and fun to listen to.

1119
01:09:45,640 –> 01:09:46,930
I’ve only listened to the first episode,

1120
01:09:46,930 –> 01:09:49,750
but I’m pretty excited about listening

1121
01:09:49,750 –> 01:09:52,030
to the rest of it. And then I’ve been

1122
01:09:52,030 –> 01:09:55,300
listening to Blackout, which is a fiction

1123
01:09:55,300 –> 01:09:59,410
thriller about a radio DJ in a small

1124
01:09:59,410 –> 01:10:01,920
town in New Hampshire. There’s kind of an

1125
01:10:01,920 –> 01:10:06,180
apocalyptic scenario starting to go down.

1126
01:10:06,180 –> 01:10:12,430
The radio DJ is voiced by Rami Malek, so

1127
01:10:12,430 –> 01:10:14,290
there’s some some pretty awesome talent

1128
01:10:14,290 –> 01:10:19,060
involved in this podcast and it’s pretty

1129
01:10:19,060 –> 01:10:23,230
interesting to listen to. And then stuff

1130
01:10:23,230 –> 01:10:25,300
I’m playing. This week Harry Potter

1131
01:10:25,300 –> 01:10:28,240
Wizards Unite came out, which is

1132
01:10:28,240 –> 01:10:32,110
basically Pokemon go for Harry Potter

1133
01:10:32,110 –> 01:10:37,030
things. It is still early days, so you can

1134
01:10:37,030 –> 01:10:38,770
take my comments with a grain of salt if

1135
01:10:38,770 –> 01:10:39,580
you like.

1136
01:10:39,580 –> 01:10:42,640
I think it’s an alright game for the

1137
01:10:42,640 –> 01:10:45,730
like two days that I’ve played it. I

1138
01:10:45,730 –> 01:10:48,220
think it’s leaning too heavily on the

1139
01:10:48,220 –> 01:10:54,160
aesthetic of the Harry Potter world. It’s

1140
01:10:54,160 –> 01:10:58,410
just too graphics heavy, I

1141
01:10:58,410 –> 01:11:03,410
think, to be as successful a game as

1142
01:11:03,410 –> 01:11:06,210
Pokemon Go because the thing about

1143
01:11:06,210 –> 01:11:10,170
Pokemon is it’s- the design of Pokemon is

1144
01:11:10,170 –> 01:11:12,510
a much simpler design. I mean it’s

1145
01:11:12,510 –> 01:11:19,020
basically line drawings rendered 3d, so

1146
01:11:19,020 –> 01:11:22,640
things move a lot quicker in Pokemon Go

1147
01:11:22,640 –> 01:11:26,820
than they do in the current iteration of

1148
01:11:26,820 –> 01:11:28,580
Harry Potter Wizards Unite and the

1149
01:11:28,580 –> 01:11:32,210
animations, I think, are way too long. I

1150
01:11:32,210 –> 01:11:35,940
made a comment on Gabby’s post about it

1151
01:11:35,940 –> 01:11:38,610
on Instagram that I could have caught 4

1152
01:11:38,610 –> 01:11:40,380
Pokemon in the time it took me to save

1153
01:11:40,380 –> 01:11:46,230
one baby Hippogriff. So I’m sure that

1154
01:11:46,230 –> 01:11:51,180
will improve as time goes on or maybe it

1155
01:11:51,180 –> 01:11:54,540
won’t. That- it’s been really hit or miss

1156
01:11:54,540 –> 01:11:58,080
with Harry Potter games just kind of in

1157
01:11:58,080 –> 01:12:05,040
general. Because I’ve been playing- I used

1158
01:12:05,040 –> 01:12:07,830
to play more games when I was in middle

1159
01:12:07,830 –> 01:12:09,900
school and high school and the Harry

1160
01:12:09,900 –> 01:12:11,940
Potter games that came out then- like the

1161
01:12:11,940 –> 01:12:15,270
first couple were real straightforward

1162
01:12:15,270 –> 01:12:16,800
and then they started getting more

1163
01:12:16,800 –> 01:12:18,780
complex and it didn’t make any sense to

1164
01:12:18,780 –> 01:12:23,460
play them that way. And then I liked the

1165
01:12:23,460 –> 01:12:27,720
Hogwarts mystery game but apparently it

1166
01:12:27,720 –> 01:12:29,280
didn’t have a way to save it unless it

1167
01:12:29,280 –> 01:12:31,020
was connected to your Facebook ,so I

1168
01:12:31,020 –> 01:12:32,820
didn’t pick that up again when I got a

1169
01:12:32,820 –> 01:12:40,500
new phone. But I don’t know because the

1170
01:12:40,500 –> 01:12:42,720
other Harry Potter games were made by

1171
01:12:42,720 –> 01:12:45,600
other companies. Niantic seems like it’s

1172
01:12:45,600 –> 01:12:47,610
pretty well invested in making sure that

1173
01:12:47,610 –> 01:12:53,070
things eventually work, so I’m hoping

1174
01:12:53,070 –> 01:12:56,130
it’s going to be more like Pokemon Go

1175
01:12:56,130 –> 01:12:59,430
with further updates and iterations and

1176
01:12:59,430 –> 01:13:01,370
once people start playing it and

1177
01:13:01,370 –> 01:13:04,470
figuring out how things need to go after

1178
01:13:04,470 –> 01:13:07,380
first release so that it’s more

1179
01:13:07,380 –> 01:13:10,910
streamlined and less clunky with

1180
01:13:10,910 –> 01:13:12,000
unnecessary

1181
01:13:12,000 –> 01:13:14,850
animation. The spell doesn’t need to take

1182
01:13:14,850 –> 01:13:22,410
a full 30 seconds, you know? And again I

1183
01:13:22,410 –> 01:13:25,890
haven’t played too much of it to have a

1184
01:13:25,890 –> 01:13:30,590
terrible lot of criticism in the actual

1185
01:13:30,590 –> 01:13:33,270
story type components that are

1186
01:13:33,270 –> 01:13:40,980
apparently a part of this game. Yeah, I

1187
01:13:40,980 –> 01:13:42,930
just don’t think they’ve settled into

1188
01:13:42,930 –> 01:13:47,640
their final thing yet and it is still

1189
01:13:47,640 –> 01:13:50,070
early days, so I might feel different

1190
01:13:50,070 –> 01:13:51,450
about it in a couple of weeks once I

1191
01:13:51,450 –> 01:13:53,340
played it some more or I might go back

1192
01:13:53,340 –> 01:13:56,730
to Pokemon where I can catch 12 Pokemon

1193
01:13:56,730 –> 01:14:02,370
in the park instead of three con-

1194
01:14:02,370 –> 01:14:07,380
fundables in the park. I don’t know. We’ll

1195
01:14:07,380 –> 01:14:09,630
see. But that’s all I’ve got for you

1196
01:14:09,630 –> 01:14:14,450
today so that’s the end of this podcast.

1197
01:14:14,450 –> 01:14:16,680
Show notes and everything are over at

1198
01:14:16,680 –> 01:14:19,110
freakishlemon.com, including transcripts

1199
01:14:19,110 –> 01:14:24,210
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1200
01:14:24,210 –> 01:14:26,550
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01:14:26,550 –> 01:14:28,770
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1202
01:14:28,770 –> 01:14:29,940
want to follow me,

1203
01:14:29,940 –> 01:14:31,980
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1204
01:14:31,980 –> 01:14:34,290
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1205
01:14:34,290 –> 01:14:37,500
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1206
01:14:37,500 –> 01:14:39,000
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1207
01:14:39,000 –> 01:14:40,710
youtube or somewhere around here if

1208
01:14:40,710 –> 01:14:42,630
you’re watching this somewhere else. And

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01:14:42,630 –> 01:14:44,040
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1210
01:14:44,040 –> 01:14:45,300
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01:14:45,300 –> 01:14:47,130
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