A Lesson Learned

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A few years ago, I tried my hand at dyeing yarn. It was so much fun and I loved it. However, a few months later and we moved into a tiny apartment with an even tinier kitchen, and so I sent the dye pots to storage. We have not dug them out again yet, but I have been anxious to try dyeing again.

This spring I am also participating in a group on Ravelry called The Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup. It is a group that offers challenges and motivation to finish projects by posting “classes” and prompts. One of the classes this semester is Potions and it gave me the perfect chance to try dyeing again. In the spirit of the prompt, I decided to take some white yarn and dye part of it with pomegranate juice.

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After the yarn soaked in vinegar and water I put less than half the yarn in with pomegranate juice on the stove. I loved the way the color was taking. I did, however, want some variation in the reds. To that end, I added a few drops of red food coloring. I dropped four drops right on top of the water, and without stirring or disturbing it, let it settle just on that fiber it touched. Once done, I gave it a good rinse, and was pleased with it, so I hung it dry.

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There, was however, on teeny, tiny itsy, bitsy problem. The ties that the skein was originally secured with came loose in the rinse, and by the time it was dry and I was ready to skein it, there was a storm brewing. A huge tangle was headed my way. Once it happened I remembered being warned about this by experienced dyers, but alas, I totally forgot.

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Twelve, yes twelve, hours of slow untangling later, the yarn was just like I had hoped it would be. It was a long few days, but worth the work.

And I have learned my lesson: Use your own ties when dyeing, and use many of them. I don’t think I will ever forget again.

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Fiber & Dice Episode 038: Make Your Own Con

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Fiber & Dice Episode 38: Make Your Own Con

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Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Selene yarn (available in the Etsy shop)
  2. Pomegranate juice-dyed sock yarn 

Book I mentioned: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Lothario fiber from FatCatKnits
  2. Hermione’s Everyday Sock with Fish Lips Kiss Heel on Gas Lamp colorway from Yarn vs Zombies.

Base Camp

  1. Everything I own!!

Ducks in a Row – Social Media and Scrapbooking

  1. Blog printing at Shared Book
  2. Instagram printing at Chatbooks
  3. Tips for using Instagram as a scrapbook
  • Include pictures of people, including yourself, not just what you are looking at.
  • Use the caption as a journal.
  • Think through events you are at – What is important? What do I want to remember?
  • Don’t be afraid to capture all the little moments that make up the majority of our lives.

Gamerly News

10x10in2015 Tracking Sheet

2x2x12 Tracking Sheet

Challenges

  1. Play 365 games in 2015
  2. Play 100 different games, 1 time each in 2015.
  3. Fiber and Dice Challenge – #FiberAndDice
    • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on theFiber and Dice Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like). Post a picture of your game shelf if you would like! (We call these Shelfies).
    • Post pictures to Instagram when you knit and game at the same time.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice (You may double or triple tag photos if they qualify for my other challenges).
    • Drawing is monthly for a $6 or less pattern on Ravelry
    • End of Year Drawing – Handspun Fiber from Bluebonnet Fibers (we will draw from all entries from this year including those that have won each month)
  4. 2x2x12 Challenge – #FiberAndDice2x2
    • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on the2x2x12 Gaming Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like) and let us know what games you are playing (this can be done in the same post, edited month by month).
    • Play both those games twice that month.
    • Post a photo of gameplay to Instagram.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice2x2 (You may double and triple hashtag these photos with my other gaming challenges if they meet the requirements.)
    • It is not necessary to complete the challenge to be eligible. Every hashtagged photo is one entry.
    • We will draw at the end of the year for one winner of $30 in games from Amazon.
    • Our list of games for this challenge on Board Game Geek.
    • This was borrowed from Billi and Nikki Ebright’s challenge on Board Game Geek. Feel free to enter in both places if you’d like to. (Note that their rules for prizes vary from mine.) http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/182868/2015-gaming-challenge-2-x-2-x-12-get-em-table-chal
  5. 10×10 in 2015 Challenge –#FiberAndDice10x10
    • Join theFiber and Dice Ravelry Group  – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself in the10x10x2015 Gaming Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like) and let us know what 10 games you are going to play 10 times each this year.
    • Post a photo of each gameplay to Instagram.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice10x10
    • It is not necessary to complete the challenge to be eligible. Every hashtagged photo is one entry. (You may double and triple hashtag these photos if they are eligible for my other challenges.)
    • We will draw at the end of the year for one winner of $60 in games from Amazon.
    • Our list of games for this challenge on Board Game Geek.
    • This was borrowed from Sarah Reed’s challenge on Board Game Geek. Feel free to enter in both places if you’d like to.
    • Note – rules for prizes vary between my challenge and the Board Game Geek challenge

You may win a pattern throughout the year and still be eligible for the Game Prizes at the end.

You may not win both Game Prizes or more than one pattern. I will draw for the 10×10 prize first and then the 2×2 prize.

Kickstarter: 

Karnivore Koala by Voodoo Games

Featured Game – Sushi Go! by Gamewright Games