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About sammimag

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  • Birthday 04/05/1967

A Few Things About Me

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    I'm a mom of two, love to crochet and read.
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    tie dye, crochet, felting, knitting, spinning
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    Mom, Writer Wanna Be, NVC Trainer
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    I like everything
  • Crocheting since...
  1. Superwash wool will dye just fine with kool-aid. Actually superwash wool with acid dyes, which basically what kool-aid is, takes up dye really well. At least this is what I see and have heard in other dye forums. I haven't dye superwash yarns myself.
  2. Beautiful! I love the colors. Goes and looks for yarn now...
  3. You could get a Schacht Hi-lo which can do both. I was a bottom whorl girl at first but lately I've been really liking my top whorls. In a top whorl I personally get better spin if there is a bit of a the shaft over the whorl. If the hook is right on top of the whorl it doesn't work for me as well.
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    Yarn for dying?

    You don't have to dye "white" wool. You can dye light grays and oatmeal colors. It can actually tone down the colors and make them more muted
  6. Knitting hats in the round totally avoids seaming. I try to knit everything without seams if possible. There are good links in this thread how to do it too.
  7. LYS is short for Local Yarn Store.
  8. I wonder what you mean by expert? The pattern is not all that hard. The challenging part but doable is sewing it together. That's only because I hate sewing and avoid it if I can. I love this so much I had to make it. If you have crocheted any motif and sewn things together then this is totally doable. Go ahead be fearless!
  9. The very first post lists the pattern I used to make my shawl. It also lists some other options both for free or purchase. Happy hookin' and stay warm!
  10. He's adorable! You did a wonderful job.
  11. I'm glad those links were helpful. I don't have lots of dyeing experience with wools. I've been reading up on it bunches because I plan to do more. I've done a small bit of dyeing some of my handspun using a crockpot and hat lots of fun. I can't remember if the sites I linked to suggest this or not but if you do plan on using jacard acid dyes or something similar then you don't want to use anything that you use to prepare food with. I have a crockpot just for dyeing and will soon get either an enamel pot or stainless steel pot or dyeing. I did and still so some tie dyeing so I'm familiar with dyeing and have lots of the tools at hand because of that. Dyeing with procion dyes which are for plant fibers is a bit different than dyeing with acid dyes which are for protein fibers. You can use procion dyes with wools but you need to use a differnet method which I don't know much about. Another book that gives some great info on dyeing both wools and cottons is Hands on Dyeing. Your library might have a copy. Most of all just have fun. There really are no set rules. Just some safety and ply wiht color.
  12. Paypal please. Shipping not included. PM if you are interested. Thanks! Leisure Arts 63 Easy to Crochet Pattern Stitches - Combine to make an heirloom blanket by Darla Sims $3 SOLD White Christmas in Thread Crochet by Kathryn A. Clark $3 PENDING Kitchen Bright Dishcloths - 10 Knit Designs $3 Annie's Attic (all crochet) PENDING Stocking Feet - 10 designs $3 Reversible Tapestry Hot Pads by Lynda Chambers $5 Crochet on the Double in the Round $3 Carolyn Christmas / Gourmet Crochet Felicity Jacket - Tunisian Crochet $5
  13. I made these for my mom. The Phoenix Mitts from the Crochet Liberation Front First Book Ever. I made them with Knit Picks Shimmer in Spice. I didn't get gauge so I had to another thumb gusset increase and some adjusting around the thumb as well. Now I want to make myself a pair.
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