Friday, 16 December 2011

Hide Your Sources*

Well, I do have a finished object this week, but unfortunately I can't really show you *laughs* Here's a sneak peek though:


Enticing, no? *laughs*

What I can do, however, is tell you about the yarn. I received 6 balls of it in a big bag of yarn given to me by a colleague.

It started life like this:


Not something that appealed, if I'm honest. Very short colour repeats and a cream and blue combination meant that it was unlikely I would use it. But, it's a good quality 100% wool, and it seemed a shame to get rid of it... So I stashed it. Just in case *smiles*

And then the cunning plan of overdyeing it came to mind... So I grabbed the trusty Kool Aid and had a go. Most of what I used was dyed with grape, and some with black cherry. I'm really pleased with how it came out, and it became perfect for some secret knitting... So I got to use some stash and make a cool gift *grins*

I do have 3 and a half balls left, but they can wait until I come up with something else to do with them ;)


* "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources" - Albert Einstein

For actual pictures of creative, fibrey and finished content, you know where to go: TamiNatural SuburbiaWisdom Begins in Wonder

35 comments:

  1. very kool.

    (sorry!)

    got to find some of this magic koolaid next year ;0)

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  2. Oh wow, I really think that is clever, dyeing it over the colour. Your little sneak peek showed some lovely colours! Way to get creative!

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  3. the dyed yarn looks much better than the original! variegated that has such stark colour differences always looks too messy.

    Its going to be pandemonium in blogland after christmas with everyone showing off their FOs! cant wait :D

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  4. Great quote, and what a good idea to dye the wool! And I have to say, I would absolutely love to try out a white Christmas, it seems so much more magical :-) Although a bit hard to play backyard cricket in the snow ;-)

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  5. Fabulous idea!!! I have been stashing cream wool that I have been able to get on sale and wondering what I would get to easily dye it...this may be my perfect answer!! You rock!!

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  6. Great idea to overdye. I can't wait to see what you create. I have done that with a few yarns now and saw one friend do it to a whole finished shawl with breathtaking results.

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  7. The small glimpse shows that overdyeing worked beautifully - can't wait to see the whole thing :)

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  8. love the quote and that is too cool that you could get that with Koolaid. I have only dyed something once. It went okay but it was harder and messier than koolaid sounds; though maybe you are making sound easier than it was.

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  9. It's such a good feeling...making use of something in a creative way like that, isn't it?? I think that that's part of the joy of having 'fiber friends', too...since often what is not especially useful to you can be given to- or swapped with-
    someone who will be delighted with it!! XXO-

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  10. Love over dyeing, its great fun!..looks like it turned out great!..look forward to "seeing" it lol

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  11. Love the new yarn! I need to learn this kool-aid dyeing trick

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  12. You find the most creative way to dye yarn! You projects look nice!

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  13. I never thought of Kool-Aid dying hand-me-down yarn that the color way was not to my taste... very creative and I love your final results!

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  14. Your dye job came out so beautifully!

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  15. I'm looking forward to your post where we get to see everything!

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  16. Wow another project done!! Good for you :)

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  17. Oh the dyed yarn is soooo much better than the original. Good call.

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  18. People are sooooo sneaky right now, not many pictures of projects, lol. Kool aide...one of these days I must give it a try. Always assumed you had to have yarn that hadn't yet been dyed. How do you go about doing that when it's already finished yarn?

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  19. Your dye job came out great. I daren't get into dying wool, I'll never stop. Right best go sort my own FO Friday post :P

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  20. Smart cookie! I'm afraid of over dying yarn. My concern is getting a muddy brown color by accident. Plus the yarn I would over dye is a dark color that I would enjoy more if it was lighter.

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  21. You are one smart cookie, I love that you made your own color lot! It looks like they turned out great!

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  22. kool-aid is definitely the best :)

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  23. What a great idea....now I'm going to have to check my stash.

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  24. Definitely enticing---I love a good secret project, especially in colours that nice. :D A++ overdyeing on your part.

    (And oh my, I love that Albert Einstein quote. Brilliant.)

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  25. Love the new colors! You are so clever!!

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  26. Kool aid dyeing fixes so many things.... good thinking!

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  27. Boy, that skein looks like it's from the 70s. Nicely overdyed!

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  28. Good job with the Kool-Aid dye. The old yarn is totally unrecognizable. Can't wait to see the finished secret knitting. It's really not fair to tease us like that :-) Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  29. Overdying! What a great idea and it looks really successful! Can't wait to see the big reveal!

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  30. Wow, what a transformation! The colors that you created are perfect. Great job using up the stash, too. I think I need to start experimenting with Kool-Aid!

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  31. Love the colors that it became! Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  32. Gift kntting can be a pain when yuo want to blog the FOs! Looking forward to seeing the reveal after Christmas

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