Thursday, August 02, 2018

Hand Painted Yarn

Debbie invited me to try some hand painted yarn dyeing. Three of us got together at her house, with natural wool yarn ready for painting.

We used acid dyes, here the yarn is soaking in water with citric acid.

We mixed small batches of dye in plastic squeeze bottles. I like this picture, it looks like "A Dyer's Still Life."

We didn't feel real confident at first so I just started painting.

It was easy and fun!

After the color was the way I wanted, I rolled the yarn in plastic wrap and heated it in the microwave. These are cooling in the sink before the rinse. We called them yarn sausages.


Debbie painting.

Debbie's yarn in the rinse.

Sharon painting.

Sharon's yarn in the rinse.

My yarn after it dried. Love it! I have no idea what it'll look like as knitted fabric, but that's part of the fun. I think I'll call it Ocean Song.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Table Runner

I'm still occasionally working on UFOs from a quilting friend who is no longer sewing. This came from a Ziploc bag full of strips and pieces without any clear indication of what she had in mind, so I turned them into a table runner.

These aren't colors I would ever think to work with, but I sure like the way it looks. It's fun to work outside my usual color palette once in a while.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Opportunity Quilt Update

We had another sew day for the 2019 quilt guild op quilt. Two of us sewed the lattice strips on the blocks and then the rows into the top. Then I took it home to add the borders

First border.

Final border. I have to say I like it better than I thought I would.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Yellow daisies in a favorite vase that belonged to my Grandmother.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Atwood Cardigan Update

Remember this post about the cardigan not fitting? Here's the panel sewn into the seam.

I estimated how much width to add, figured the stitch gauge and started and ended my pattern so it would mesh with the front and back once it was sewn in. Where there's a will, there's a way. 😊

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Macro Flowers

It's been a long, cold spring. It's nice to finally see the flowers in our front yard.

Wild onion
Pacific Coast iris
Bleeding heart

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tulip Festival

I've heard that the Tulip Festival in Washington is eye-popping, but it's true that seeing is believing. Wow! It was a perfect day weather-wise and the blossoms were at their peak while I was visiting my son and DIL. What a great outing.