Double Rainbow Dyeing February 4, 2013

It’s rare that I have a chance to just dye some fun yarn for a personal project, or really work on a personal knitting project. But I have a niece or nephew arriving in a few months, so I wanted to kick it off to a good start by dyeing a great bulky superwash wool in bright, fun kiddo colors!

I took out all of the dye I had ready to go and started coming up with a plan. After taking inventory of my colors, I knew I wanted a rainbow!



I didn’t want pastel baby colors, I wanted a rich, saturated, true visible spectrum rainbow. Something that would capture any child’s imagination.

I started off by dyeing the three primary colors on 1/6 of the skein each, with some undyed space between.


Then I started filling in the secondaries of green and orange. My purple was not purple. It was navy. And I realized this about 2 seconds before I was bout to put the yarn in the dye bath. Since I hate wasting dye, I threw in a spare skein of BeerSox yarn to soak up the mistaken navy and it made a great denim-y skein. I mixed up a fresh batch of purple by mixing the iris with magenta to get a great warm yet vibrant purple for the last secondary color. The small overlaps in color allowed for some tertiary color sections.

I loved that I could dye all 5 skeins at once with my little kettle dyeing method. They’re not exactly alike, but they’ll all work great as a whole!

Dripping and then drying them is necessary in Houston!

dripping_double_rainbow  drying_double_rainbow

To get wonderfully fun yarn that makes me smile every time!




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Registration open for Spring 2012 Knitting Course January 13, 2012

For all those interested in joining my knitting course this Spring on Tuesdays from March 6 – April 10, 2012, you can register here:

It should be a great time, and fewer holidays to work around!

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Crowdsourcing: What are you looking for in a knitting course? December 21, 2011

In an effort to aid my scheduling future knitting courses, please feel free to give me your feedback in the following form.

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Frogging November 1, 2011

While in Peru, I began a new Shifting Stripes Shawl. It’s fairly simple until the border, and then you have to switch things up a bit from churn and burn stockinette.

And when you get to that point after enjoying a couple of pints, there’s a possibility one could make a mistake. And find out a couple rows later.


Much better than a significant number of rows later. So I put it away until lunch the next day. I skipped my noontime walk so I could frog the work back to the most predictable row before I messed up.

Frogging is a whimsical knitting term for when you rip out your work. “rip it, rip it, rip it”

I start by identifying the last correct row that has a predictable pattern to it. Or if I’m doing complicated lacework, the last row that I strung a “lifeline” through.

In this circumstance, it was the last purl row before the flared edging.


Since my yarn grabbs pretty well, I could release some stitches so I could start picking up stitches along the identified row. Make sure to pick up the leading side of the stitch so that the picked up stitches look like this \\\\\\\ rather than this ///////. It will make it easier to restart. Don’t worry if you get a couple wrong. You just have to knit it through the back loop when you start over (alternately, you can slip the stitch to the correct slant before knitting it like normal).


When you finish picking up stitches, you get to rip! I like to wind a centerpull ball as I rip.


But sometimes I leave it loose if there’s not too much to reknit.


Once you’ve ripped it all back to the needles, it’s time to start over. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes from when I started picking up stitches to reknitting to where I’d left off. This time, I didn’t make an error!

Now, it’s complete and ready for the craft fair on Saturday! Hopefully, it finds a home as some lucky someone’s Christmas present!


Okay, not quite ready. It’ll get a good blocking in the morning!

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Knitting Course Registration Open! October 14, 2011

Just in case you missed it, registration is now open for my knitting course!

You can register here: Knitting Course Registration

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Knitting Course September 8, 2011

Through all of the years I’ve knit, the most common question I receive is, “Can you teach me?”

Well, no, I lied, it’s a close second to “My grandmother/mother taught me to knit/crochet when I was a kid.”. Which is in turn followed by asking if I taught people refresher courses.

I’ve sat down with friends a few weeks in a row to go over basics and teach them in coffee and teahouses. I have always enjoyed teaching. And what can be better than to share a craft that brings me joy?

And so I’m jumping in. The details aren’t fully fleshed out, but I’ve decided on a timeframe and a basic outline that I think should be able to get everyone from beginner/no knowledge through to early to advanced intermediate in 6 weeks. It’s sortof a knitting bootcamp.

I venture to make this a fun and relaxed way to learn to knit. I am still searching for the right place to host the course. I’d like the course to be open to BYOB because I feel like a beverage or two can sometimes ease the intimidation of learning something new. However, we are learning a new skill that requires some dexterity so keep that in mind.

Dates: Tuesdays, November 8 – December 13
Times: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1.5 hours of learning and half an hour of free knitting and chatting

I will provide:
1 pair of straight needles and 100-150 yards of yarn for the first four weeks of the course
1 “pair” of circular needles and 100-150 yards of yarn for the last two weeks of the course
1 pattern for BeerSox

6 weeks of instruction:
-overview of materials and how to interpret a ball band
-techniques to wind yarn
-casting on
-knit stitch
-purl stitch
-switching from knit to purl, vice versa
-nomenclature for most common patterns
-slip stitch
-decrease stitches
-increase stitches
-knitting in the round
-how to read a pattern

I will be keeping the course cost between $50 and $70 depending on materials and location fees, if any.

Location will most likely be in the heights, midtown, montrose, or museum district area of Houston.

If you’d be interested in this, leave a comment so I can make sure to keep it in mind as I look for a proper place to hold it.

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