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I’m Dyeing Over Here

Back in the day, I had a little knitting blog that I kept with a friend. Sadly, the blog went by the wayside. Even more sadly, the friendship did too. I try not to think about either anymore.

There was some good information in that blog though. Somehow, I convinced myself that we had written a yarn-dyeing tutorial and posted it there. So, I started digging through some old files on my computer to see if I could find it. I didn’t. So, I hopped in the Wayback Machine and looked there. And I still couldn’t find it.

I don’t know, maybe I made the whole thing up and there never was a tutorial there. I find it hard to believe that there wasn’t though. Maybe it was just never archived or something. Aaaaanyway…

I used to do A LOT of yarn dyeing and a lot of knitting. After the blog went down in a blaze of bad blood and hurt feelings, I kind of lost my knitting mojo. All of my yarn, needles, dyes, etc. languished in boxes in the basement collecting dust (and the occasional dog hair tumbleweeds).

Since the Great Snake-Making of 2010 began, I have been digging through all of my knitting paraphernalia and have made some pretty sweet discoveries, including tons of hand-dyed yarn that I never seemed to find a use for. The bright colors just happen to be perfect for snuggly stuffed snakes.

I’ve also started dyeing yarn again. I much prefer using my own custom colors to the store-bought stuff I have in my stash. I really want all of the snakes to be one-of-a-kind and using hand-dyed yarn (or a combination of hand-dyed and store-bought) kind of assures that they will be.

If anyone is interested in learning how to dye their own yarn, let me know and I’ll see about finding/writing a tutorial.

photo : silk scarf by yours truly

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My House is Full of Snakes. They’re Filling Up the Living Room.

Sliding down the banister. Talking on the telephone. Inviting over more snakes.

Okay, enough of that. If you get the reference, however, you can be my (and Sir’s) best friend for life. Heh.

For the two (possibly three) of you who may be wondering what I’ve been up to, I have one word for you – sssssssssss. Yes, I am currently knee-deep in snakes. Fortunately, they are of the soft, fuzzy, smiley variety like the one in the photo.

Why am I knee-deep in homemade, felted snakes, you ask. Well, I have one more word for you – guilt.

You see, I had grand plans to make Sir an awesome homemade Halloween costume. The plans are far too top secret for me to share anywhere outside of my head (especially since I may give it a whirl next year), but let me just say, it would have been SWEET. I’m talking, winning a costume contest for originality and wicked awesomeness sweet. But, it didn’t happen. I ended up getting sick. That, coupled with the fact that Sir went completely ballistic every time we tried to put his back-up borrowed costume on him, made the major effort of building him a costume seem pretty unreasonable.

Even though he was happy as a clam in his borrowed store-bought costume (once we finally convinced him to put it on), I still feel like a bad mom. I mean, I’m supposed to be creative, after all.

Enter the birthday party plans.

Sir has a few loves – trains, trucks, music, snakes. Sadly, most of those birthday party themes were already snagged by his friends. Except snakes. So, we are having a snake party. Fortunately, Sir’s favorite types of snakes are either cute and stuffed or springy and stuffed in a ‘peanut brittle’ can. Yep, my kid loves the old snakes in the peanut brittle can gag. I’m guessing there aren’t many parents of almost-two-year-olds who can say that.

So, in addition to designing cool snake party invitations, I was charged with finding cute-not-scary snake party favors for the kiddies. My fruitless search led me down the make-your-own-snake path. And so, I will spend the next month and a half (give or take) knitting, felting, stuffing, and sewing snakes. A few may even slither their way into the Etsy shop.

Hopefully, this will make up for the store-bought costume.

photo : clive le hiss by yours truly

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