Episode 54: Dyeing and Shawl Shapes


Filmed on Saturday March 3, 2018

Podcast Stuff

  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.
  • Quilt Along! It begins!
    • Time Frame: March 2018 – September 2018 – 6 months
    • Quilt size: smallest side 3 ft/36”/92 cm
    • Quilt top pattern: Half Square Triangles – The entire quilt does not have to be half square triangles, but half square triangles should be a feature. I created a Pinterest board with some cool ideas.
    • Quilting: No rules about the actual quilting! Long arm, machine, by hand, or tie quilting is all welcome.
    • Link HERE to Jaclyn/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials

Life Stuff

  • Weather – It’s been weird. Alternating between super warm and seasonably cold. Yesterday we had a nor’easter, which usually results in pretty good snowfall, but it’s been too warm so it was just really heavy winds and rain.
  • Slow Down – I’ve mentioned it before on this podcast that I’m trying to slow down so as not to over-exert my hands. I’ve always been the type of person to overdo things, which is why I hurt my hands last year in the first place. So I’ve been making a conscious effort to just slow down a bit – with making, with work, wherever I can.
    • Spread out the crafting. Put feelers out into new types of craft or new aspects of crafts I already dabble in. I’m further developing an interest in weaving and sewing. I’m doing a lot of planning and exploring with machine knitting.
    • Read more. Write more. I’m always thinking to myself, I wish I did more reading. I grew up doing a lot of reading and writing. I’ve been doing a little more of both while trying to spread out the crafting a bit.
    • Sleep more. I’m tired of being tired all time.
      • Avoid using overhead lights after dinner
      • Read for 15-ish minutes before bed (book or Kindle)
      • Aim to be ready for bed at about 9 pm
        • Note: I do find myself waking up for a bit in the middle of the night, but it’s super easy for me to fall back asleep.


  • Woven Sample Scarf – warped black and white with stripes on the ends (Cloudborn fingering weight in black and “Milk” from GnomeAcres Milk and Cookies skein set) – woven with approx 8” color blocks of Once Upon a Corgi yarns – twisted fringe


  • Winter Wall quilt from The Weekend Quilter- started assembling the rows
  • Tramontane Sweater by Amy Herzog – handspun and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool
  • Color block weaving project – sewing the panels together

Dye Adventures

  • Dharma Trading Co Procion Dyes – for plant based materials, like cotton, linen
  • Bought primary colors and black
  • Fabric To Dye For: Create 72 Hand-Dyed Colors for Your Stash, 5 Fused Quilt Projects by Frieda Anderson
  • Overdyed cotton/cotton blend fabrics from my stash, many of them from my grandma that somehow made their way into my stash

WIP Round Up

  • Rice Fields by Elzbieta Torenc – Legacy Fiber Artz Hocus Pocus colorways and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for Black – Frog to use for my machine knit shawl shapes design project – 3 wedge shape shawl
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – Scrap yarns – Frog to use for my machine knit shawl shapes design project – short row wedge semi-circle
  • Akiko by Regina Moessmer – Lion Brand Scarfie – Not sure what I’m doing with this yet, but having it on the needles is stressing me out, so what I’ll likely do (once I have some free time on the machine) is frog it and do a real simple drop shoulder pullover with rolled hems on the sleeves and neck, maybe an applied border and a split hem on the bottom. This is project was meant to be a simple, comfy sweater and it doesn’t need to wait on my hands to become that
  • Jyn Erso Vanilla Socks – Must Stash Yarns self striping – Leaving them for now, but I’m pretty sure once I cave into my brain and buy a CSM and practice, this will be frogged, washed, and machine knit. It’s just a vanilla sock and it’s not stressing me out, but I want to play with a CSM so much and I love self -striping vanilla socks, so it’s just a likely outcome once I shell out the dollars for the machine.
  • Dwarven Mittens by Ginger Monkey Knits – Plymouth Homestead Tweed – these only need thumbs, so I’m probably just going to make Gabby finish these for me next time she’s up here because it’ll take her 10 minutes
  • Granny Stripes by Lucy of Attic24 – I’m gonna let this one sit. I’m used to leaving crochet projects for ages. If it turns out I want to use these scraps for other things, I’ll just grab them.
  • memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – I’m also going to let this one sit. I want the finished object, but just having the giant tote of minis in here is stressing me out, so I’m going to move the blanket and associated tools to a smaller bag to tuck away and take that tote of minis to do a Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Philipp, which I think can be easily adapted to the machine as a stockinette project instead of garter
  • Scrap Acrylic Granny Squares – I counted them up and I have enough of them to make a rectangle with a pleasing ratio, but it rectangle itself is not big enough. So, I’m going to get some practice in with my garter bars and do garter log cabin borders on these granny squares

Shawl Shapes Design

  • Asymmetrical Shawl – (like the Halloween one) maybe with a cable – Zealana Performa KIWI Lace
  • Half & Half Triangle Shawl – (triangular shawl made by seaming two pieces together)
    • Fresh From the Cauldron – Painting the Roses Red and Valyrian
    • Knitologie – Groovy
  • End to End Triangle Shawl
    • Fresh From the Cauldron – Radioactive & Knit Picks Palette Fingering Black (intarsia)
    • Tentatively – some brown Cascade Eco wool I have
  • Three Piece Shawl
    • JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 – Blue for the 3 pieces and grey for the knit on border
    • Legacy Fiber Artz and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light Black
  • Semi-Circle Wedge Shawl
    • Scrap fingering-ish weight held double for marling
    • ???

New Stuff

  • Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder
  • Card Weaving by Candace Crockett
  • Small weaving shuttle from WindhavenFiberTools
  • (coming) Card weaving cards from FolkTalesPI
  • Knitting Pattern Essentials (with Bonus Material): Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear by Sally Melville

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Black Panther
  • Frontier

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Relistened to Star Wars Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller narr by Jeff Gurner

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • The Last of the Jedi #5 – The Tangled Web by Jude Watson
  • Dreams from the Witch House short story collection
  • Fanfic~~~
    • Home We’ll Go by appalachian_fireflies
      • “I can’t, I don’t know how,” Remus stuttered as Molly dropped the infant into his arms, who immediately ceased crying and stared up at him with wide eyes.”Nonsense,” Molly said. “Be a dear and keep him from falling while I feed Ginny.”

        “Ba!” Ron giggled, and slapped Remus in the face.

        Molly is the emergency contact for the Order when those listed can no longer be reached. Remus’ life finds a different path.

      • Awesome look at Remus’ life after the Potters’ deaths, the Weasleys being amazing, and Molly’s intervention in Remus’ self-destruct spiral causes events to go differently.
    • Simple by I_Gave_You_Fair_Warning
      • Obi-Wan Kenobi saved Qui-Gon that day in the Theed Generator Complex—But it came at a terrible price.
      • Obi-Wan Kenobi used Force Healing on Qui-Gon, but he’s not a Healer and it was beyond his skill. He ended up causing himself irreparable brain damage while doing so. He can speak short sentences, dress himself, still commune with the force, can still perform physical tasks well, but his brain can’t always make the connections in complex ways. He can’t always make eye contact with you. He can’t always be around people who are feeling strong negative emotions because he no longer has the capacity to shield that part of his mind.
      • This is an incredible fic. It deals with Obi-Wan’s coping with his injury, Qui-Gon’s inability to accept the changes in his former apprentice, Anakin’s steadfast defence of a friend that people don’t understand, and how other characters in the Temple help Obi-Wan when he needs it.
      • WARNING: This fic has a sad ending. While changes happen to the Star Wars universe because of Obi-Wan’s injury, Palpatine’s plotting is still in place and similar events to the movies still unfold.
    • Who Are You? By I_Gave_You_Fair_Warning
      • Obi-Wan insists he knows what the hell is going on. The only problem is… none of it matches.And Anakin’s just as sure he’s wrong. Nope. More sure.
      • Amnesia-fic. Something happens to Obi-Wan and he loses his memories of growing up. He thinks he’s thirteen and he’s scared – of the Clone Wars, of Anakin, of what is happening to the Jedi. There’s a bittersweet ending to this fic, but it slots neatly into the established story-line, so it’s not really an AU.
    • Declarations by Nny11, White_Ithiliel
      • A series exploring Obi-Wan and Ahsoka’s relationship as Grandmaster and Grandpadawan.
      • Does what it says on the tin. Gen-fic. We don’t get to see much interaction in Jedi student-teacher lineages, so this is really nice. Ongoing.
    • A Brother Is Born For Adversity by tb_ll57
      • A series following Remus Lupin over four phases and relationships: spying on Fenrir Greyback and the werewolves in the first war against Voldemort’s forces; a chance reunion with Severus Snape in Paris five years after the war, where all is not as it seems; learning how to like each other again with Sirius after teaching Harry’s third year at Hogwarts; and back again to werewolves, this time with Bill Weasley hostage to Voldemort’s agenda. Features the origins of the Order of the Phoenix, hitting rock bottom repeatedly and still trudging into work the next day, ambigious mentoring from Albus Dumbledore, and learning to live with the monster inside.
      • The last part of this series is unfinished, but there’s a lot of great writing here to really get into.



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Episode 44: One Finished Object


Filmed on Sunday, July 30th 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
  • #sithandspin – June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.

Life Stuff

  • Heat Wave and Cool Down – It’s been so hooooottttttttt. D: But then it rained for a few days and went from 90+ degrees F (32.2 C) to about 60 degrees F (16.5), which was a m a z i n g
  • Hands – Hurt my hands and ended up having to rest them. Still not 100% – they get sore and tired easily still. Gotta work on my patience because I think I’m pushing too hard on good days. I’ve been trying to remember to stretch my hands and my hands have been getting their own warm baths lately, which I’m finding to be incredibly helpful.
  • Craft Party – A couple of my friends had a birthday recently and they had a craft party where they brought a bunch of beading stuff and craft kits to just make whatever while we sat around talking and watching Pride and Prejudice. It was super chill and really nice to just hang out and do crafts with friends. I ended up making some stitch markers, which are a lot nicer than any other stitch markers I’ve made because Erin has much nicer materials for beadwork than I do. These will go on my sweater project once I’m done filming the podcast.
    • (And Erin has so many nice materials because she sells jewlery in her Etsy shop GEEKandFANCY )
  • Printer Furniture – Ended up rearranging some furniture in my bedroom again, which is what happens when I feel like I don’t have control, which is flaring up due to not being able to knit/crochet/spin as much as I normally can. I finally tossed this old nightstand that my printer was on – the particle board started splitting about 15 years ago and I just kept patching it up with electrical tape. I have these two little 2-cube shelves that I stole from a younger brother when he finished college, so I took my little packing station and the other one and put them together for a little printer shelf thing.


Knitting Stuff


  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns “Rogue One” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Afterthought Everything Socks – Legacy Fiber Artz Advent Calendar colorway – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Akiko by Regina Moessmer – Lion Brand Scarfie (78/22 Acrylic/Wool) in 201 Cream Black – US 7/4.5 mm and US 8/5.0 mm needles


Fiber Stuff

  • Dye Day with Mom – Mom bought a dye kit from The Woolery because she’s getting into yarn dyeing (I will let you know when she starts her Etsy shop) and she and I played with some over-dyeing. She had a skein that she had dyed that wasn’t what she was looking for and I have a few skeins left from the Great Dye Experiment of August 2015 that no longer work for me and the skein of cormo that I bought to dye specifically.
    • Red overdye skein
    • Blue overdye skein
    • Green overdye skein
    • Cormo – yellow/orange/red dye
  • Weaving – I warped my 10” Cricket rigid heddle loom for double width fabric. It’s definitely interesting and I’ve got the rhythm for it down now, but it’s going to take a long time to finish.
  • Hedgehog Fibers Silk Hankies – drop spindling
  • Lock spinning with my collection of cotswald, mohair, and wendsleydale locks


Sewing Stuff

  • Halloween Quilt update – Pioneer Blankets pattern from The Weekend Quilter !!


New Stuff

  • Village Wool haul
    • Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool in Fog – 2 skeins to put towards a sweater with the other 4 skeins of Black that I have
    • Classic Elite Yarns Mountaintop Blackthorn – 13 skeins – Bulky weight yarn, but I have to use smaller needles than what patterns usually call for anyway, so I might swatch for a worsted weight sweater pattern and just adjust the sizing
  • Once Upon a Corgi – ASoUE club – Audrey base 80/20 SW BFL/nylon – Snow Scout
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Edgar Allen Poe club – I did purchase this club, so I’m forewarning you that I will be receiving those club colorways. And, since Gabby is my sister, I may be receiving these before they get mailed out, so I may be showing them on the podcast before you get them if you’ve also purchased the club. I didn’t hear anything from anyone about me showing the ASoUE club colorways, but ASoUE is more niche than the late great Edgar Allen Poe. Just wanted you to be aware.


Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Catching up on audio podcasts that I let lapse — Mabel, The Magnus Archives, Alba Salix: Royal Physician, HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast, Archive 81
  • Binge listening to new audio podcasts —
    • The Strange Case of the Starship Iris
      • In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials, but at a tremendous price. Two years later, in a distant patch of space, a mysterious explosion kills nearly the entire crew of the science vessel Starship Iris. The only survivor is Violet Liu, an intrepid, sarcastic, terrified biologist. But as Violet struggles to readjust to life after the Iris, questions abound. Was that explosion really an accident? If not, just what is going on? And why does every answer seem to get more bizarre and more dangerous? If Violet and her newfound allies want to untangle the truth, they’ll need courage, brilliance, and luck – and honestly, a couple of drinks.
    • Oak Podcast
      • Podcast from the point of view of some kind of military or intelligence agent who woke up after her employers faked her death, so she’s homeless and living on the street and trying to lay low and find out what happened to her partner
    • The Girl Who Set Out to Seek a Living Wage
      • “The Girl Who Set Out to Seek a Living Wage” is a two-part fairy tale about a young woman on a quest through retail in search of her fortune, only to find it’s being hoarded by truly terrible beasts – corporate executives! It’s gay, it’s fun, and it’s full of fairy tale justice for the frustrated millennial.
    • The Blood Crow Stories
      • A serialized horror fiction podcast. Season 1 – The SS Utopia.
    • The Black Tapes
      • The Black Tapes is a bi-weekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • The Gay Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo YouTube series
  • Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say
  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Heir to the Empire ( The Thrawn Trilogy Bk 1) by Timothy Zahn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Dreams from the Witch House – Dark Regions Press

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Descanso by catsaremyboyfriend
    • (no summary)
    • After the events of Logan and Laura’s confident that the new mutants will be okay without her and goes looking for Sabretooth. She finds him. Two disgruntled feral mutants try to live their lives.
    • Ongoing, currently 10 chapters



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August Dye Experiment

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this yet. Where have I been all summer?

This post is about the Great Dye Experiment that The Gabbers and I had at the end of August. I’ve talked about it on my podcast, but it just feels weird not to have also blogged about it.

So back in August, The Gabbers was playing around with dyeing. She had bought some naked, undyed yarn and some acid dyes and was playing around with both natural and acid dyeing. She invited me down to come play with the dyes to see what we could make, since she knew I had grabbed some undyed fiber from the GnomeAcres fiber stock sale over the summer. I had taken a Friday off to play with Penny (the adorable corgi) because both of my parents were on vacation and she had some separation anxiety over their leaving, so we figured I’d bring my fiber and the dog down to my sister’s apartment. The dogs would wrestle all day and we would dye yarn and fiber.

We actually started out with some yarn and not the fiber we’d been talking about. We’d looped our fiber in the recommended fashion (I’m not sure what book we were using) and were soaking it in vinegar to hold the dye later. She had already soaked the naked yarn she had ordered, so it was ready to go.

The first yarn we dyed was very experimental. We weren’t sure the concentration of dye and how saturated those colors would be, so the first skein was really for us to find our feet. We started out by hand painting the yarn to see how the colors would work. I decided to drip the dye onto my first skein to mimic the speckled yarns that are popular right now.


I think both of us were surprised at how low the saturation was when we dyed the yarn this way. I like the result, but it had looked much more saturated before we set the color. We then tried some more hand painting and ended up with a much more saturated yarn.




 Since I’m not intending to replicate this yarn for sale, I’ll explain how I did the color. I arranged my skein on the plastic into a square (ish) shape. I started adding color to the corner sections, then to either side of each corner, and then filled in the straight sides. I have no idea how this will knit up, but I’m excited to see what kind of variegation that created.

Then the fiber was ready to play with. We started out trying hand painting the fiber, since that’s what we had been doing with the yarn. That was kind of a mess. The fiber just drank the dye and stuck to brushes, even when only dabbing straight up and down. I ended up just pouring dye into the fiber and squishing it down to distribute the dye in that section. Luckily, I wanted most of the color to blend well instead of clear color changes in this fiber and I think it worked out pretty well for my pumpkin fiber.


By this time, it was getting late and we knew we needed to speed things up if I was going to go home that night, which was my preference since I hadn’t brought anything with my but the dog and some fiber. So then we started working on some immersion dyeing stuff.

I started out with a braid of fiber in some hot water and just dumping some red mixed dye into the water and letting that cook in. When the fiber had absorbed that, I pulled out that fiber and tied some big, loose knots in it. I dumped it back into the water and poured some blue dye in. When that was absorbed, I pulled it out again and tied the whole thing into one loopy knot, put it back in the water, and poured some darker purpley blue dye into the pot. The goal was the same principle as tie-dye. The first layer of dye would be covered in the knots, so other parts of the fiber would have the blue over-dye. Then both those sections would be covered in the big knot and the purple-blue dye would over-dye only part of the fiber. And this was the result:


I like the way the colors played, but I don’t think I’ll do that with fiber again. The fiber was so sticky when it was wet and I had to be super careful when I untied those knots. I didn’t want to pull the length of fiber apart and I know I partially drafted parts of it when I was pulling the knots out. Luckily, it fluffed up when it dried, so it’s not that noticeable. 

The I did some more immersion dyeing with my last bit of fiber. This one I mostly just played with the amounts of dye in the pot. I had some of the blue and then some of the purple-blue and I actually got a pretty cool effect due to the fiber being too fluffy for the dye pot. Some of the color really concentrated where the fiber touched the pot and the pot strainer and the parts that weren’t touching the pot or pot-strainer has a much softer color dye.




Then I rushed through dying the last bit of yarn, which actually turned out really nice. I threw some yellow into the dye pot, but there was still a little bit of the purple-blue in the pot, so it ended up a light, soft yellow-green. I tied the yarn in a few knots and tossed in some green, tied it into another big knot, and threw in another shade of green. It ended up being this nice sort of light, tonal green that I really like.


And that was my part of the yarn dyeing experiment! Will I do it again? With the space, time, and some money to get started? Sure! It was fun and I liked the yarns I ended up with. I’d love to play with the color dyes more and how they mix with each other, but I don’t think I’ll be able to do it again any time soon. Because of where I live, I cannot block off the kitchen to dye and I do not have the dedicated space for the actual dyeing or the drying. If this is something that I’m really interested in pursuing while I live here, I may pick it back up in the spring and summer and see about using the burner on the grill outside to do the heat setting and the clothesline for the drying.

The only thing I can really see myself doing anytime soon would be natural dyeing with foods. I know onion skins, cabbage, and black beans are among the food items that can dye yarn and I’m sure there are other things that I’m not thinking about right now. I’m definitely interested in doing some more research for that. 

Until then, I’ll just have to enjoy the products of my experiment.