Decision made

After working the Kauni farther and still not liking the results, even when cutting and changing the color sequence, I frogged back to the ribbing on the Kauni.  It is early enough in the project that it doesn’t feel too painful, and if I keep going, I will just be annoyed and wonder exactly why I didn’t frog it when I had the chance.  I will restart the pattern yarn in a different spot.  I am happy with this decision!

I have waited a long time now to get my Kauni yarn.  I have lusted over a Kauni project of my very own for quite some time.  I have put lots of thoughts and energy into deciding on a pattern.  If I throw that away because I don’t want to frog a couple rows, it is all for naught.

OK here is what I am talking about

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OK, so the background is currently red moving into purple and the pattern is purple moving into red. I do NOT want them to line up so that I am getting a no pattern area. I would be able to avoid that probably by cutting the yarn and moving it ahead a bit. But the next will be a purple background with a red pattern, and I am nervous that won’t look good. What do you think? Shall I keep going and hope for the best? Should I frog now and start in different spots in the yarn?  The idea would be that I would frog back to the ribbing and then start the pattern yarn in a different spot.  There wouldn’t be a difference in the background yarn.

I might…

Frog my Kauni.  Thats right, you heard me!  I might frog it.

Perhaps some additional explanation is required. I don’t like how the colors are lining up.  So I might frog back to the ribbing and then restart the pattern stitches with the colors lining up more appropriately.

Before I frog it, I may decide to try to line up the colors differently by myself and see if that works.

Maybe I need to post some pictures.

Argh.

Dyeing follow up

 I overdyed the neon orange with a tea bath. It worked well because it took the edge off the brightness but left a very lovely orange.

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I also finished spinning the red and navajo plyed it last evening.  This is my first attempt at navajo plying and I love it!  The yarn came out beautifully with lots of loft and no waste.  What more could a gal ask?

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Dyeing part II

So the dyeing commenced with orange.

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I then tried green, lemon lime koolaid. I put the roving in the dye pot and ended up with a very neon color, it was one dimensional and I wasn’t all that pleased with it. What to do? I added a tablet of green easter egg dye. That added color and dimension and took the edge off the neon.

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Adding the easter egg dye gave me the idea to do the same with the yellow that went horribly wrong yesterday.

All of them drying in the bathroom, the whole bathroom now smells like citrus fruit punch.

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All the colors together including the base color around the outside. Undyed coopworth roving in medium gray. (Looks more brown to me but meh)

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I’ve been spinning the “blue” and have been quite pleased. The added bonus of spinning koolaid dyed roving is the raspberry cherry fruit punch smell. Makes me have this overwhelming urge to eat cotton candy.

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Frankly I am not sure what I will do about the orange, it is also a bit bright and neon. I have been contemplating tearing a bit off the edge and submitting it to a tea bath to see if it will tone it down a bit.

Dyeing part 1

I purchased 2 pounds of ecru merino roving for a very nice price. If you haven’t seen 2 pounds of roving all at once, without being braided, you have NO IDEA how much that actually is. I had to use the niddy noddy to measure it all off. I have 5 4oz. braids and 4 3oz. braids. The 3 oz. braids are each being dyed with koolaid to knit the neckline of the bohus style sweater.

I started with yellow.

Looked like this in the pot:

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and 3oz. of roving being soaked in hot water awaiting the dye pot

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I put the roving in the dye pot:

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And WOOSH, the roving first put in the water sucked up all the dye. There was none left for the rest of the roving!

Soaking in a hot water bath after the dye pot:

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So you can see how unevenly dyed it was. I used 5 packages koolaid for the first run. I think it would have been OK if I had more water in the dye pot. But I figured spun up it may take on a different hue, and ecru combined with yellow is ok when the base color of the sweater is medium gray with some brown tones. If I don’t like how it spins up, I can over dye it with more yellow after I spin it.

So that brings us to roving #2, which I wanted to make blue.

I decide to use 10 packages koolaid and more water, so that I don’t run into the problem I have with yellow. I pour the packages of blue in the water, and realize that half of them were really a red color. Guess I don’t get blue!

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You can see in the second picture that after a bit of simmering, the roving has taken in all the dye and leaves the water a milky cloudy color.

Here it is rinsing in the sink:

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Final product before spinning and after drying overnight.   I am VERY happy with the red color, it will spin up very nicely, have some variation in color but it will be subtle and appropriate for colorwork.  I suspect I will have to overdye the yellow once it is spun.

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Strangest moment of the experience?  When I was letting the first pot cool I did something completely out of habit borne of making yogurt every week, I stuck my finger in the dye pot to see if it was cool enough and then without thinking about it stuck  my finger in my mouth.  Duh!  Cracked my mom up though.