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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.

 

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.

My First Time Dying Silk Yarns

Salam and hello everyone. I learned silk batik panting but working with the yarn is new to me and here is the result of my first experience doing this. I showed my work to the owner of a famous silk shop and he said he is impressed with my designs. It was very encouraging hearing his comments considering these are my very first  time playing with this luxury fiber. I used iDye from Jacquard diluted in water/vinegar solution (1 liter of water for 100 ml white vinegar).
 
 
Picture above from left:
 
1. The light purple/light green was pre-soaked in warm water for 1 hour, painted, set aside for 1 hour without steaming, hang to dry (no steam, no heat). I washed the silk after it dried to check the color, no dye in the water at all.
 
2. The dark purple, yellowish and green was pre-soaked in water at room temperature for 1 night, painted,  steam 30 minutes, hang to dry.   
 
3. The red was pre-soaked for 2 hours. I put the dye inside a pot with 1.5 liters of water to dissolve, once it is warm right before boiling, I carefully lay the skein inside the pot and turn the fire very low to prevent it from boiling for 30 minutes then let it cool. Once it was cool I was it with cold water 3 times. 
 
4. The red and blue same method as no. 3.
 
5. The far right  was pre-soaked in water at room temperature for 1 night, painted, steam 30 minutes, cool, dry flat.
A friend in crochet group lent me a valuable tips: “Put the colours on, cover and ‘cook’ in 
 
the microwave for 2 mins at a time until the colour has been taken up/exhausted. Rinse in 
 
warm water. Dry.” Thanks to Robyn Cobby for her kindness to share her tips.
 

 

I understood now why you should never hang your silk to dry. The water will pull the yarns down resulting in an uneven texture. I will remember this next time: Lay flat your silk yarn to dry.

Silk yarn in its natural color and after dying/painting

Testing out the result firsthand. 

Next batch Silk of India insyaAllah… 

Thanks Laurensia Debyana for  videotaping it for us. Sorry for the video turned dark in some part in the middle because light went off. Yeah, light do went off about dozen times in our place, but we are still very lucky because in many more places in the world in fact they have no electricity at all.

 
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Merry’s Silk Shawl

My friend Merry asked if I could make her a shawl, something lacy and light to match her peach Nigerian dress which she could wear to the Church. We selected several type of yarns and the final choice was silk/merino/kid mohair yarn.

Merry is not very particular about the motifs and leave it to me to decide. I did my research for one to compliment her dress and found one from a stitch dictionary. I redraw the chart and make each row colorful for easy interpretation.

I could have made the shawl wider but at the time I started I was not sure if the skeins I have would be enough (6 skeins of 25 gr silk/merino/kid mohair yarn). But now I know.  I only used 4.5 skeins for the shawl and the 8 inches fringe.

This shawl has been tested. Here is a beautiful shawl Kalpana Chitharanjan of Ravelry made using acrylic.

Below I am using the same pattern with rayon/cotton mix to make a small scarf.

Pattern is free from March 7 to April 20, 2014 at Ravelry and Crochetville.

Little Roses

This is a test pattern of stitch number 006 from Nihon Vogue 300 crochet pattern book. I really like this stiches and I think it could make a nice pattern for shawl or cardigan. In this test I was using soft cotton yarn in size 3 light worsted but I am pretty sure it will drape nicely if crocheted in bamboo or silk yarn.