Saturday, September 10, 2005

Kool-Aid Rainbow Scarf

For this project, I started out with 8-ounces of three-ply bulky weight white wool yarn, made a large hank and used 7 16 ounce plastic containers in a circle and tucked an equal amount of the hank into each of the containers. I used two packets of Kool-Aid [got the instructions at] per container, mixed it in a glass measuring cup with 16 oz of water and microwaved each mixture for about 2 minutes before pouring the solution over the wool, one color, one container at a time. Let it set until the water in each of the containers was pretty much clear, all the color absorbed by the wool, then transferred it to the sink and rinsed away.

Then came the knitting, I used size 13US bamboo needles with 20 stitches and knitted the whole thing in garter stitch. The finished project kinda looks like a group of kids all puked Kool-Aid on the scarf! The colors are bright, and it goes with almost anything!

Knitting Accessories

I could always go out and just buy the accessories I need for my knitting projects, but being an artist and craftsman, I get much more satisfaction out of making them my self. Here I get to put my jewelry making skills to work creating items that make my knitting come together. Here is my stitch holder, marker set, row counter, and darning needle all made of sterling sheet and sterling wire. The markers set has one marker in smooth finish, and the rest of the markers are faceted. I just finished the darning needle today, guess I am going to have to knit something up to try it out on.