Category Archives: yarns

Alpine, Seashore, Jewel and Sunshine

Assalamu’alaikum,

Hello everyone,

On the title are the theme of the yarns I recently dyed and are now available for purchase. It took me months to prepare these much and the progress continues InsyaAllah. My job is so much fun, Alhamdulillah.

To see the choices of hand-dyed yarns, select Hand-Dyed and select the choices from themes from the drop down menu. Under Shop you will find other type of yarns including the famous Balinese Cotton Yarns as well as the hand-dyed which are being sold as Clearance. Those in the Clearance Box are a mixed color of yarns and sold as a package.
Detail info of the individual yarns and pricing is shown on each photos.
If you have any question you can contact me via email or drop me a message on  Crochet Republic FB Page.
Thank you…
Happy crocheting or knitting…

Planned Pooling Dengan Benang Sembur

Bismillah…

Tiba2 semua orang membicarakannya termasuk saya. Jari-jemari masih terasa sakit tapi tidak tahan untuk tidak ikut mencoba aplikasi gratis ini.

PlannedPooling.com adalah aplikasi yang diciptakan oleh seorang ahli ilmu statistik bernama Karla Stuebing  yang punya hobby merajut (pantas) hehe… Kisahnya bisa dibaca disini. 

Setelah berhasil mencoba memahami aplikasi ini Anda tidak lagi akan memandang benang sembur dengan cara pandang yang sama dengan sebelum2nya. Setiap kali lihat benang jenis ini, maka yang terbayang adalah kotak2, wajik, zigzag, gelombang dan berbagai kemungkinan yang bisa dihasilkan yang diatur oleh warna2 sembur yang ada pada sehelai benang. Berikut test motif yang saya coba.Untuk melihat karya2 keren dari aplikasi ini, silahkan ke Pinterest, ketik PlannedPooling. Anda akan terkesima dan berkata “selama ini kok saya gak tahu ya?” Sayapun berkata hal yang sama…

Bagaimana cara menggunakan aplikasi ini. Saya coba rekam apa yang saya lakukan dilayar dan bisa dilihat di Youtube channel saya. Pertama2 tentunya Anda harus pergi dulu ke situs PlannedPooling.com kemudian ikuti petunjuk tertulis dibawah video.

Ingin gabung dengan teman2 di group Planned Pooling Indonesia? Apply disini https://www.facebook.com/groups/1617886511851197/

Mohon sabar untuk diapprove sebab admins di group ini hanyalah volunteer.

Selamat mencoba dan Happy Crocheting…

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Dyeing Kit and Some Works on Cotton

Berat 100 grams X 2 Panjang 360 m X 2 Demonstration only

Soft Cotton Lace 100 grams each
Length 360 m 
Demonstration only to show the texture of the yarns

Hand Dyed Acrylic Yarns

I started dyeing my yarns as a hobby when we were living in Lagos. It may sounds impossible but actually it wasn’t that difficult getting the supplies into Africa from outside especially from the UK. It’s quite strange that when I now live in my own country getting items shipped into my place from the usual online shop I purchased my materials is no longer possible. We are a rich country, we have fast land and ocean and that ocean has lots and lots of fishes, the land has lots of plants which can be bartered with those dyes and the plants we have, that can turn to dyes… Don’t worry, I was just complaining to myself.

The difficulties in getting my dyed especially for the hardest material to dye like acrylic had forced me into an exciting exploration. have been using anything to get yarn samples dyed even if the manufacturer said it won’t work, I tried it anyway.

Among the brands sold in the market here, these are the names which are common at my place, Wantex and Dylon. There is only one type of Dylon available here which is the multi purpose powdered dye (is there any other type?). Anyway, so I tried both, it did paint the yarns but they both runs. Even with the fixer. The acrylic yarns just won’t marry to the dye…

I was frustrated although decided not to give up hope. I kept on working and mixing  the paste… add more water, reduce water, apply heat, use microwave, use steamer, sun dyed… soften the hue, apply heat again and wash the skein in the sink only to see all the deep color being striped off revealing the naked color of the threads… (sighed and wiped sweat on my forehead).

I have some left over Jacquard iDye Poly from Dharma Trading (the only one which is working so far), I tried also an imported Japanese brand which was  intentionally made for acrylic painting on canvas but the label did mention garments in it so I guess that is safe to use. It was funny when I told the guy who sold it what I was going to use it for, he laughed at me with a worry kind of laugh, you know, he was afraid that I was just going to waste my time and money. Well then, is that mean I can’t dye acrylic yarns forever since there is no way I can import Jacquard into here? I can’t take no for an answer to that (the grumpy child in me talking).

I think I will have to live with what I can get locally for now, not too much colors  to play with but it will be good enough till I can get to buy Jacquard iDye Poly again… #feeling-hopeful

 

 

I small sample I dyed earlier. I like how this color turns out. I would call it Baby Cashmillon. See the knitting sample below.

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Above yarns after washing with liquid soap and sun dried. You see how much color had faded in the washing? It’s still a nice blend however and I am happy with the result.

Knitting sample of the Baby Cashmillon above.

Dyed with iDye for natural fiber, it was very deep purple and dark green before. The above is the result after washing and dried and if I wash it again it may runs again. I know it was silly me not to trust the label.

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Yes, no more color runs… The water is clear.

Dyed with iDyePoly and hank to dry. Rewarding myself with a cup of tea while waiting  while reading the book titled “Hand Dyieng…” LOL

I have a patience friend who waited if he will be allowed to touch the ball…

I learned dying technique from book, Youtube and I did my own research and experiments. I have been reading a book by Gail Callahan “Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece” and subscribed to several hand dying channels on Youtube. My favorite channel is Nicole of Hue Loco. I also follow her Instagram. She has done so much wonderful works.

Note on iDye Poly, must wash garment dyed with this separately.

Rectly dyed (uploaded on May 1st, 2016


  
  

Tangle Free Yarn

How many times have you wound the yarns and ended up spending countless hours untangling it? Well if you are like me who wind your yarns a lot before  crocheting or knitting, here are some tips for you. This technique is especially useful when you work with a slippery yarns such as nylon or a certain type of silk.  I would call this method making yarn donut casing. With this method you are encasing each ball and pull one end while the ball stay inside the case. It will make your yarn ball hair and dust free too.

You need a plastic pocket in the size to fit the volume of your yarn ball, not too loose and not to tight. Umbrella yarn winder and a ball winder is needed but it is not a  must. If you are manually winding your yarns, just make sure to put something hollow to temporarily hold your yarns such as a bathroom tissue paper holder.

First method: Cut the base of the plastic pocket, slide it into the ball winder then tighten it with a rubber band. Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder then pull out one end of the plastic pocket gently and fold it around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Second method: Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder, slide in the precut plastic pocket through the hole then pull out one end gently. Fold the plastic around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Green Method: I have not tried  this but maybe a a crumpled old magazine paper might work as well as a wrapper.

Don’t forget to reuse and recycle the plastic containers.

 

How Much Yarns do I need?

Useful Yarn Calculations

If the yarns came without label do the following technique to measure the length of the yarn.

DIY yarn calculation
http://crochet-rockstar.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-measure-length-of-yarn-easy-way.html

The following chart estimates how much yarn you will need for  the specific projects using the yarns produced in Indoensia. For other brands check the yarn company’s label.

Indonesia use metric system so don’t forget the conversion 1 Yard = 0.91 m
 
 
Yarn Brand
Crochet Yardage
AFGHAN
 
Baby 20″ x 30″
Adult 60″ x 60″
Lace
 
1760
4500
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
1500
3835
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
1300
3450
Bulky
 
1100
2500
HAT
 
Child 18″
Adult 20″-22″
Lace
 
230
230-360
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
230
230-360
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
162
195-210
SCARF
 
Child 6″ x 40″
Adult 8″ x 54″
Lace
 
572
860
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
455
845
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
247
495
Bulky
 
163
325
SWEATER
 
Child (chest size) 24″ – 28″ – 32″
Adult (chest size) 36″ – 40″ – 44″ – 48″
Lace
 
675 – 1300 – 1885
2340 – 2730 – 3250 – 3510
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
715 – 1040 – 1430
1820 – 2080 – 2470 – 2730
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
650 – 845 – 1300
1560 – 1820 – 2080 – 2340
Bulky
 
360 – 650 – 910
1170 – 1300 – 1560 – 1690
VEST
 
Child (chest size) 24″ – 28″ – 32″
Adult (chest size) 36″ – 40″ – 44″ – 48″
Lace
 
520 – 715 – 975
1235 – 1465 – 1642 – 1885
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
390 – 520 – 780
910 – 1175 – 1235 – 1430
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
325 – 455 – 650
780 – 975 – 1105 – 1235
Bulky
 
228 – 325 – 520
585 – 715 – 845 – 910

 
Calculation example for crochet blanket using Katun Bali Halus 10 ply
Baby blanket  = 1500 yard = 1365 m : 143 m = 9.5 ball
 
Using Cashmillon DK size
Baby blanket = 1500 yards = 1365 m: 225 m = 6 balls.

 Always buy one ball extra for any project you make incase you are running out of yarns because all yarn balls came in approximate length.
 
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Lacy Granny

Wednesday is always a special day for us in Lagos Crochet Group (LGC) and this week is extra special because we are all struggling and racing against ourselves to master a new pattern.
No one get up of the floor, and those who came late will have to wait a while at the door because all seems reluctant to go to the door to open it lol.  Anyone wishing to go to the bathroom has to do it before the class begun because class cannot be distracted hahaha.  A new kindergarten school is born with one lessen on the list, crochet.Our special teacher for the day is Agung Sukawati who designed  this top and jacket. Aren’t these adorable? Agung is letting me drawing the chart for her design and allowed me to share it with you.  Find the chart at the bottom of the page. Not only that,  she also  shows us how to connect the lacy block together.  Now, it’s your turn to improvise with it.

Photo by Iin Wibisono 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
 
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Lacy Granny Chart

Souvenirs from Bali

Hello all… I am back. It is hard to update blog while you are on vacation because there are too much interruption or should I say attractions going on hehe.

Here are my souvenirs to you from Bali in pictures. Some are crochet related and some are photos from the places we visited.

In search of Balinese Cotton Yarn
According to the info I have, there are only 4 national spinning industries left in Indonesia out of original 10. One of them located in Gianyar. I was told that there was one in Denpasar but the factory was closed and I could not go back to Gianyar to see the actual spinning work in progress because of time constraint.

Local spinner, photo  from Tempo.co

Nevertheless I found the yarns were sold in craft shop like Toko Central in Kuta and in many places even outside Bali. The cotton yarns in the pictures below are available in many colors but only in one size (Sport/Size 2). It is not as shiny as the other Balinese Cotton Yarn but is very soft and squishy and didn’t split when crocheted and is suitable for baby apparels.  Laying next to it is the label that was attached to it.

 

Above and below are crocheted bags  and afghan for sale in the market in Ubud. There are many different type of cotton yarns produced in Indonesia. All the crocheted item you see in the pictures in this post are mostly made of Benang Katun Lokal (local cotton yarn). The name might sounds strange but that is just how the Indonesian people call their yarns and if you look for them by any other name you will not find what you are looking for. The texture of this yarn is very similar to Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton–rough and dry.

 

Silk batik scarfs on display among many crocheted items
 
Tourists strolling Ubud market.
 
If you travel further to the north from Ubud toward Tegalalang you will find several rest area with restaurants overlooking the rice fields below. Along the streets there are several craft shops selling crocheted items as seen below. These blanket are big, I think it would fit a king size bed. I asked for the price and the seller asking around US$50. Unbelievable! It would take me a year to do that.

 

 

 

A dress made of local cotton).

 

I can’t resist not to buy one of these hats so I purchased the purple one.

Waiting for sunset in Tanah Lot. Look at the crowd on the bridge in the background.

My son enjoying his cup of coffee at Grand Kuta Hotel and Residence. 

A cafe inside the Agung Rai Museum of Arts. The museum is a great place to visit for art lovers, collectors and artists.

 

Above is the Thread of Life’s gallery in Ubud.
Threads of Life uses natural dyes in their yarns productions.

The picture above is Krisna gift shop selling items from aromatherapy oils and soaps to woodcrafts, batiks,  sweets and famous Balinese salty peanuts. I like shopping at Krisna because of the fixed and reasonably price thus save time. Krisna has several branches so check the link above to find out the shop near you when you happen to be in Bali.

Note for Muslims travellers.
Bali is the smallest province in Indonesia with majority of the inhabitants are Hindus. Only small percentage are Muslim lives in Bali. We visited Bali from time to time and  have seen some developments in the availability of halal restaurants. However, finding masjid is still difficult if you are outside Denpasar and Kuta area. A few friends decided to pray anywhere including in the local market between shops or  next to her parked car, while other friends suggested they go to Padang restaurants to pray. Padang restaurants are run by Muslim people from West Sumatra province. Krisna gift shop above also provides the prayer room on its 2nd floor. Check this link for more info about the hotels with halal restaurants in Bali. Other restaurants we went were Pawon Pasundan (Sundanese), Jl. Kediri No. 2, Tuban and Ayam Taliwang Bersaudara (grilled country chicken and steam kangkung with chili and tomatoes paste). Jl. Raya Kuta 89. Balinese food are very tasty, and seafoods are also among our favorites.

More to see in Bali:
Tohpati Batiks Factory
Celuk Silver Factory
Textile Info