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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


  
  

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Water Wheel Crochet Motif

This is not my design. It was the motif of my pink table cloth which I bought in an exhibition a few years ago when I was not yet so much into crocheting. I have searched for the designer online  but I can’t find it. If you happen to know please write me a note so I can properly credit her/him. Thank you. One day I wish to make a mandala out of this using thick yarn such as the one made by
Bos-Tarn.

Make a magic ring by wrapping the yarn 10 times on your little finger. Insert hook into the the ring,  yarn over, pull through yarn and make 1 ch.
16 sc into ring, join with sl st.
Make 4 ch (counted as 1 dc and 1 ch).

 

(1 dc, 1 ch) 16 times.

 

Join with sl st.

 

Make 3 ch (counted as 1 dc).

 

3 dc in same st,  sc in next dc, (3 ch, 3 dc in same st, sc in next dc; rep around.

 

Join with sl st to first sl st.

 

 

2 ch, sc into the 3 ch sp…
(2 ch, sc into the 3 ch sp); rep around…
 Join with sl st.

 

4 ch (counted as 1 dc and 1 ch), (skip next st, 1 ch, dc in next st); rep around.

 

Join with sl st to 3rd of 4 ch.

 

Sc in next 1 ch sp.
[(3 ch, sc in same sp) 3 times, sc in next ch sp]; rep around. (3 picots, sc in next ch sp)

 

 

Here is how the finished motif looks like. Pardon the uneven color of my scrap yarn.
My pink table cloth with same motif. Ignore the mochi, but if you drool then maybe you will have to make some. Recipe here in this blog.

Tangle Free Silk

You may remember my previous post on dying silk where I shared my first time experience working with this luxurious material. I have been working with a few dozens more skeins since then ranging from lace to aran size and from slippery reeled to soft and fluffy duke type of silk. Alhamdulillah I also have started selling my own hand dyed and hand painted silk to new customers.

Based on my experience in winding and crocheting with this type of yarns and also after seeing difficulties my customers is having with some of the types,  I would like to share this tips with you to avoid tangling and spending numerous hours in untangling your yarns. Prevention is key to this success.
 1. I let my silk dry flat like this under the shade.

2. Keep it neatly folded till next use.

 

3. I rewind the yarn once I am ready to work on it.
This one is a special order and my customer wanted it in a cake shape so I rewound it for her. I put the cake in a tight plastic bag. I tied the end of the yarn which I pulled out from center  to a tag with a note to customer not to remove it from the bag.
This is the key: Tight container, help customer find the end and leave her a note. Tight container will keep the slippery yarn in place.

4, Yarns neatly packed and ready to ship.
Do you see the amazing transformation of the colors from these two pictures? This is how the yarn approximately look like when crocheted.
Hope this tips works for you too…
Below are extra pictures of some of my works.

 

This picture and above are silk in DK size, painted using Jacquard iDye in the shade inspired by nature, the pink and red fragrance rose flower…
Till next post and happy dyeing and crocheting.

Joining Blocks using Raised Zipper Stitch Method

I accidentally found this new stitch while working on my crochet ball projects and I was quite happy with the way my project turned out after using it. The first ball project I used needle and thread but I wasn’t very happy as it looks a bit weak although technically it is quite strong as I double both the thread and the stitches was done twice. Here is the first ball I made…

… and here is the second ball.

Which one do you like better?

I have created a video tutorial on how to do the stitch if you would like to learn.   I am not happy with the quality of the video, it’s blurry although on my iPhone it was ok and it was just cut off near the finish line. Obviously I need o learn more about videography and uploading Youtube videos. That being said, I hope you still get the idea how to join this stitch. The pattern for the pentagon and the ball is free till September 26, 2014 from  Ravelry. Included in the pattern is the chart and step-by-step pictures to guide you in making the pentagon and to stitch them together to form a pretty crochet ball.
If you have been crocheting for a while chance is you might not need to buy new yarns for this project. 25 meters in total is approximately what you need to make one pentagon and you only need to make 12 of them.


If you like what you see and made something from my free pattern, all I ask is that you credit me by mentioning my name and my blog and provide the link to my blog. Please DO NOT re upload my files by any means to another blog or website. All my photographs are copyrighted. Thank you.

Row of Daffodils

Daffodils, crochet and photographs above and below by © Swathi Bopanna 2014.
Yarns: Vardaman 4 ply
Thanks Swathi Bopanna for testing the pattern. These look really awesome.
Daffodil Crochet Pattern

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
I made this flower as an entry for the FB group Passionate About Crochet theme “India Independence Day.” The bright colour of saffron gives a very nice touch to the pure white I am using and the green softens the shades, giving a pleasant looking piece of crochet art. One complete stem takes about 60 – 90 minutes to make. There are two options to finish the flower; ruffle and thin edging and both patterns are included.

Stitches Used
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Standing sc = standing single crochet
Yo = yarn over
Reverse Sc: Reverse single crochet
This pattern has  been tested.


If you like what you see and made something from my free pattern, all I ask is that you credit me by mentioning my name and my blog and provide the link to my blog. Please DO NOT re upload my files by any means to another blog or website. All my photographs are copyrighted. Thank you.

Cattleya Orchid Crochet Flower

After vigorous testing, frogging, and re-doing; the patterns is finally finished and listed FREE at RAVELRY for limited time only. If you do download the PDF please give me your feedback, I will appreciate it very much.  The videos is being edited  and will be uploaded to youtube asap. Thanks for all of you who patiently wait for this. 
Note: Please do not copy paste the pattern below as a way of sharing it but link it to my blog instead. If you prefer the PDF version please download from Ravelry. It is free until further notice.
SKILL LEVEL :
All levels

TERMS: US
PHOTO CREDITS:
Irtati Hasan Wibisono

FINISHED SIZE
Height: 13 inches
Diameter (distance  between the longest tip of the petals): 6.5 inches

MATERIALS
– Balinese cotton yarn or substitute with mercerized crochet cotton thread size 5 in any colors. In this pattern I uses cream, purple, lilac, red, fuchsia, pink.
– ICE yarn 100% acrylic in dark green.
22, 24, and 26 gauge craft wire.
Floral stem wrapping tape (0.5 in in diameter).

Hook: C/2.75mm and 3.75mm

GAUGE
Balinese cotton: 7 sc = 1 inches
ICE yarn: 4 sc  = 1 inches when two strands are crocheted together

Pattern Note
This pattern is for two different shape of flowers in one. 
All of the petals for the red flower were made in the same way as the Side Petals. The only difference is the amount of the starting chains. Increase the number of chains for center petal by 3. If you wish to have a frillier edging like the purple flower, use the central petal pattern below for all the three petals.

All stitches are worked in round.
Cut the wires as follows:
Anther and its cap: 26-gauge, 7 inch: 2 pieces
Petals and sepals: 24-gauge: 7 inches:  6  pieces
Leafs: 22-gauge: 22 inches: 4 pieces.
Use safety glasses when cutting the wires.
STITCHES USED:
ch = chain
sc = Single Crochet
sl st = Slip Stitch
2 sc in 1 = 2 single crochet in one stitch (increase)
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
PM: Place Marker (I use a small piece of yarn in different color)
PATTERN:
Anther
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, make 2ch.
R1: 8sc into 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st. 1ch. 
R2: 1c in same ch-1 sp, 1sc in each st around, join with sl st, 1ch.
R3: (sc2tog) 4 times, sl st to first sc, fasten off yarn. 
Anther Cap
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 5.
R1: Hold the 26-gauge wire between the hook and the yarn, yo and pull up a loop over the wire, tighten to secure the wire in place, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 3 st, 3sc in next st, do not turn, position the center of the wire at the last sc you just made, bend the wire gently toward the other end; sc in each of next 3st, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, sl st to first sc, 1ch.
R2: 1sc in same ch-1 space, 1sc in each of next 4 st, (2sc in 1 st) 2 times, sc in each of next 4 st, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch.
R3. 1sc in same ch-1 space, sc in each of next st around, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch, fasten off.
Sepals (make 3)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gent pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.

Side Petals (make 2)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.  
R3: PM, (2sc in 1) in all st around,  join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.
R5: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.
R6: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.
Center Petals 
Using lilac and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 13.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 10sc, 3sc in next st. Carry the tail inside the stitches, sc in each of next 11 st.—25sc.
R2: Hold the 24-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, sc in same joining sp, PM, 11sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st, bend the wire gently toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 12sc, pinch and hold both wires and position the wire above the yarn, join with sl st to first sc—28sc
R3: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 12sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 13sc,  join with sl st to first sc—32sc.
R4: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 13sc, (2sc in 1 st, 1sc) 5 times, 14sc, join with sl st to first sc—38sc.
R5: 1sc in same joining sp, 38sc, join with sl st—39sc.
R6: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 4sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 4sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R7: 1sc in same ch-1 sp, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 20 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.
R 8: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Leafs


Note: Increase the number of the starting chains for a longer leaf. To make a wider leafs crochet 2 more rounds increasing stitches at the tip of the leaf by making (2 sc in 1) 5, 7 more times respectively.
Material: ICE Yarn Dark Green, 100% acrylic, ft 27442. 
Crochet double strands and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15. 
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gently pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.

Assembly
Preparing the leafs and petals:
Cut 15 inches of thread, fold in half and connect it to the center bottom part of the leaf. Pull the thread gently toward the wire. Using flower tape, wrap around the wire and the threads till the end of the wires. Repeat for the rest of the leafs and petals except the center petal, anther and cap.
Cut 10 inches of wire, fold it in half. Insert the wire into the center of the anther and pull it down gently passing through some of the stitches at bottom part. Put together the anther and its cap, wrap with flower tape. 
Pick up the center petal. Hold it right side facing up and place the anther facing down toward the petal. Hold together and wrap with flower tape.
Gather together all the  flower elements. Using 26 gauge wire, wrap around the neck of the flower several times to secure them together (do not cut the wire).  Attach a leaf at about 4 inches from the neck of the flower.  Attach remaining leafs about 1 inches apart, finish the wire wrapping. Using flower tape, wrap around the stem starting form the neck of the flower all the way to the end of the stem.
Arrange the flower in a vase (pattern not included).
Please do not hesitate to email me for any questions or comments or different ideas to make it better and spread the words about my blog to others so they can make one too.
Happy crocheting.
XO
Iin

Strawberry Drawstring Bag

Make this cute bag for someone special… It is easy, fast and fun to make…

The pattern is using US crochet term.
The 3-page pattern is easy to follow complete with 11 colorful photographs to guide you in crocheting it round by round until you see it evolves into a pretty strawberry sack.
The strap is crocheted lengthwise to avoid stretching then attached to the inner part of the bag.Surely there is other ways to make the strap for this kind of bag. I encourage you to improvise to make it your unique pretty strawberry bag.
This bag is thick and strong enough without lining. The cord is made using simple slip stitches as clearly explained in the pattern. The strawberry dangles can be made in less then half an hour using single crochet stitches.
Thanks to Marilyn Smith for editing this pattern.
Thanks Deborah Donohue for testing it.

Purchase the pattern from Ravelry

Strawberry Crochet Purse

Here is one of the pictures I recently took: a crochet purse made using the strawberry crochet stitches. I used double strands of size 8 cotton for the white (Balinese Cotton), and similar size of rayon for the green and fuchsia simply because I didn’t have the cotton in these color at that time. The cord was made using slip stitch technique as described below. The pomp pomp was made using pomp pomp maker by Clover.

Lacy Block

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What can you do with this block? Perhaps you can make about  2 dozens and join them into a shawl, jacket, beach bag, bedspread, table cloth? The possibilities are endless.
Hook: 2.5mm.
Yarn: Balinese soft cotton which can be subtituted with mercerize cotton.
Gauge: 6 sc = 1 inch 6 rows of sc = 1 inch.
Finish size: 5.5 inch.
Pattern is free from my Ravelry store.