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.


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.


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.


Custom Made Crochet Frame Purse

As soon as this yarns came I thought I must immediately make something with it or otherwise I will be buried in other WIPs which never seems to finish again for a long time and the idea soon will evaporate and I will forget about it. I know, I am making excuse again for not finishing my works on time (sigh)… But I promise myself  making this purse doesn’t take much of my time .

To do this you need:

  1. 1 ball of  yarn, 100 gr/DK size, a crochet hook (I used smaller hook because I crochet very loose). 4 mm hook is the usual one for this type of yarns.
  2. A metal frame, mine is an oval 10 cm in diameter.
  3. A sewing needle.
  4. A thin nylon thread to sew the purse to the frame which can be purchased from a bead store. Something like a nymo will work.
  5. A piece of fabric for the lining (optional) depends on the type of stitching you will choose. If you are going to do single crochet motif only all the way you may not need  to line your purse.
  6. A sharp scissor.

The Math Thingy

  1. Measure the circle of your frame. With the frame wide open and using a measuring tape, measure the inside circle. Let say the inner circle is 30 cm. Let’s divide this number with 2 so 30:2 = 15 cm. this is the width of the bottom of your purse.

Using the stitch pattern of your choice (mine is inspired by Wheat Stitch Baby Blanket on Ravelry) and it is a free pattern (thanks to DankFiber), make a purse taking into account the width of the base  as measured above. You can make it as tall as you like but at least the height must be the same length as the base to give enough room for the pocket when the frame is sewn later.


The finish pocket and the frame.


Cut and hand sew the lining. Pinch the two corners and sew.


Flip the purse inside out and slide into the lining.


Pin and baste the lining to the purse.


Arrange the opening around the frame, tuck in the fabric and lining and spread evenly.


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Sew the purse into the frame starting from the corner, from outside into the inside, insert needle just about 1 mm below the edge  into both fabric and lining and sew back into the same hole in the frame. Pull tight each time so the stitches are hidden inside the slot in the frame. 

Sew several times into the fabric, cut off  thread and burn the nylon careful not to burn your hand or the purse. Just be save with all you do.

You are done!




NOTE: You can make the bottom of your purse as wide as you like but the opening has to match the size of the frame unless your fabric is thin enough to fold inside the opening when the frame is shut, then it doesn’t matter.




Cara Buka akun PayPal dan Berjualan di Etsy

Assalamu ‘alaikum,

Note: This article is an answer to questions asked in the local crochet group in Indonesia and is written in Bahasa Indonesia. To read in English please use Google translator. Thanks

Banyak yang bertanya bagaimana cara berjualan di Etsy.  Tulisan ini hanya membahas persyaratan agar bisa berjualan di Etsy, cara buka toko di Etsy dan tidak membahas dari segi strategi marketing agar sukses berjualan di Etsy.

Pastikan Anda memiliki akun PayPal atau Credit Card karena kedua jenis pembayaran ini digunakan dalam bertransaksi di Etsy (boleh pilih salah satu metode pembayaran).

Cara buka akun PayPal di Indonesia cukup mudah. Terlebih dahulu miliki akun bank yang diakui oleh PayPal.  Salah satunya Bank Syariah Mandiri (kode bank 451).

buka akun paypal indoLog on ke situs PayPal Indonesia dan klik Daftar dan isi formulir seperti dibawah.

Pilih metode pembayaran yang diinginkan.
konfigugari paypal indo

Pilih Konfigurasi Rekening, klik link sesuai urutan yakni konfirmasi email, hubungkan rekening bank, pastikan nama PayPal Anda sama dengan nama Anda pada akun bank. Buat nama bisnis atau tuliskan nama bisnis Anda pada formulir. Misalnya: Rajutan Umi.  Nama bisnis tidak harus sesuai dengan nama akun PayPal, namun nama Akun Paypal harus sama dengan nama akun bank Anda.

konfigurasi bisnin

Cek email dan lakukan konfirmasi email sesuai petunjuk pada email.

konfigurasi bisnis

Jika formulir telah terisi sesuai ketentuan, pendaftaran telah selesai dan Anda akan menerima konfirmasi via email.

Dibawah ini adalah contoh penerimaan dana pada Akun Paypal. Dana pada akun PayPal dapat digunakan untuk bertransaksi sesuai batasan yang ditentukan oleh PayPal namun agar dana tersebut dapat dipindahkan ke rekening bank Anda sebelumnya Anda harus harus memiliki status Terverifikasi terlebih dahulu oleh PayPal yang jangka waktunya bisa cepat atau lambat sesuai kelengkapan data yang diserahkan dan validasinya.  Jika PayPal hanya digunakan untuk menerima pembayaran saja nomor kartu kredit tidak diperlukan. Akan tetapi untuk melakukan transaksi nomor kartu kredit akan diperlukan dan PayPal akan meminta untuk mengisi nomor kartu kredit. Kabar gembira bagi muslims beberapa bank syariah saat ini sudah menerbitkan kartu kredit tanpa bunga seperti kartu kredit dari CIMB Niaga Syariah. Syarat kepemilikan bisa dibaca di situsnya atau mendatangi kantor cabang terdekat.

CIMB Niaga Syariah https://www.cimbniaga.com/syariah/en/personal/index.html

BNI Syariah http://www.bnisyariah.co.id/produk/definisi

contoh pembayaran diterima


Nah, sekarang setelah Anda memiliki akun PayPal, Anda kini dapat melakukan pendaftaran  sebagai anggota komunitas Etsy. Formulir ada disini. https://www.etsy.com/

Setelah menjadi anggota, untuk dapat menjual karya kerajinan dan lainnya sebelumnya kita harus membuka Toko Etsy atau Etsy Shop. Caranya mudah, namun ada baiknya sebelum memosting barang-barang yang hendak dijual ketentuan pada link dibawah ini dibaca terlebih dahulu dan pelajari jenis-jenis  barang yang tidak boleh diperjual belikan di Etsy, ketentuan mengenai hak cipta dan lain-lain. Jika produk yang Anda jual adalah hasil copian dari karya orang lain tanpa izin maka ada kemungkinan akun Anda akan diblokir dan jika sudah diperingatkan beberapakali hal ini tetap terjadi Anda bisa di “blacklist” atau berhadapan dengan hukum sesuai “Legal Notice” yang harus tik “Agree” ketika membuka akun untuk toko Etsy Anda.  https://www.etsy.com/legal/sellers/#allowed

Setiap item yang kita daftarkan untuk dijual di Etsy dikenakan biaya sebesar 0.20 USD untuk durasi tayang selama 4 bulan. Ketika suatu item terjual, Etsy mengenakan 3.5% transaction fee dari harga item diluar biaya pengiriman barang.

Setelah semua hal dan gambar-gambar digital yang diperlukan untuk membuka sebuah toko online dan isi toko disiapkan, klik Open Your Etsy Shop, isi pertanyaan yang ada pada formulir seperti Lokasi, mata uang, nama toko, items yang akan ditawarkan, metode penerimaan pembayaran dari pelanggan (PayPal Business Account atau Credit Card) dan metode pembayaran biaya terhadap fasilitas dari Etsy.

Selamat mencoba dan semoga sukses.

NB: InsyaAllah postingan ini akan saya update sesuai berjalannya waktu sesuai kebutuhan.