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2017 National Crochet Month Blog Tour

2017 National Crochet MonthOK, I know. I haven’t been doing a very good job blogging regularly. I’ll spare you the excuses and get right to it. If you are a fiber fanatic, especially when it comes to crochet, March is a VERY exciting month!

March is National Crochet Month. And of course Amy and Donna at Crochetville have done another awesome job putting together an exciting event full of blog posts, giveaways, and more. Check out the official National Crochet Month Facebook Group for all the latest information. Find out about the latest info from crochet designers, local yarn shops, and indie dyers and spinners, and find out about new patterns, sales, coupons, giveaways, and free patterns and tutorials! It is always a great event!

My post for National Crochet Month will be on March 16th. I’m lucky enough to share the day with two heavy hitters – Vashti Braha and Marty Miller. I love reading the posts each day throughout the month. I always learn something.

I hope you will check it out! I promise you will not be disappointed. You may even win one of the great daily giveaways!

Go Eco-Friendly and Natural for Earth Day

Well, today is Earth Day; a day to remember what our footprint does to the planet and ways we can use recyclable and sustainable goods and products to reduce that footprint. As a result of all these eco-concerns, many yarn companies have worked to develop some new environmentally-friendly fibers.

Caron Yarn has a variety of environmentally-friendly yarns, including Simply Soft Eco . This yarn uses plastic bottles (yes, that’s right) in their manufacturing process. Every 10 skeins of Simply Soft Eco keeps six plastic bottles from America’s landfills. To date, this yarn has recycled approximately 1.5 million plastic bottles.

Lion Brand has developed a wonderful new yarn using organic cotton. Lion Organic Cotton can be found in four natural colors (no dyes used at all) and is free from herbicides, pesticides and other agro-chemicals. Each hank is 82 yards.

Kollage is a fun yarn company that provides eco-friendly and natural yarns of all kinds! Their yarns are made of milk, soy, corn, wool, cotton, bamboo and more! These are great yarns are produced in wonderful colors and fibers. You can definitely feel good about making projects from such eco-friendly fibers.

One of my favorite recycled yarns is recycled sari silk. These are truly unique yarns and are absolutely beautiful! I have used the yarn for a variety of projects and have never been unhappy with the results. There are a wide variety of places this kind of yarn can be found. Simply do a search online and you’ll find lots of places to purchase them!

I hope these few fibers spark your creativity and give you some ideas on how to not only create beautiful projects, but reduce your carbon footprint as well! Happy Earth Day!!!

My First Yarn Dyeing Project

I have a horrible habit of thinking things are more complex than they really are. I have been wanting to try yarn dyeing for quite a while. I decided to try Kool Aid dyeing first, thinking that would be a good place to start. I read books, posted questions to discussion groups and read more. I had convinced myself that it was going to be a complicated, tough process.

Well, how wrong I was! I finally decided to give it a try last night. I assembled all my tools in my kitchen and got started. I soaked a skein of wool yarn in warm/hot water with some distilled white vinegar. While that was soaking, I put out my cups of cool water and Kool Aid. I also assembled my steaming pot and rack with some water and got it heated on my the stove top. Finally, I laid out a long piece of plastic wrap on the floor in my kitchen.

First, I rung out the excess water and vinegar from my soaked yarn and laid it out on the plastic wrap on the floor. I then took the Kool Aid and began to paint my yarn with a paint brush. I alternated between blue and red. I quickly learned that I will need to purchase a LOT more packets of Kool Aid in the same colors in order to completely get the saturation I was looking for. I used what I had and made a mental note for next time.

Next I wrapped up my yarn in the plastic wrap and put it in the steaming pot on the rack. I didn’t have a cover for the pot, so I used a cookie sheet (any port in a storm) and let it steam for 30 minutes. I then let it cool in the pot until it was easy to handle.

I then used my plastic container I used to set the twist on my yarn to soak my dyed yarn in warm/hot water to make sure there wasn’t any dye bleeding. I dumped that water out after 20 minutes and completed my last step. Another soak with some Euclean for 15 minutes.

Finally, I let it dry overnight by hanging it on a hanger in the shower overnight. This morning I wound it into a pull skein. Finished!

I learned a lot by my first dyeing experiment. First, that my husband hates the smell of Kool Aid! LOL Seriously though, I learned that it isn’t so difficult. Don’t build things up too big in your head, otherwise you might miss out on expanding your creativity. So, if you have ever thought of trying something in your fiber arts, I say go for it!