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How to Overdye Yarn - With Speckle Crazy Awesomeness

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How to Overdye Yarn - With Speckle Crazy Awesomeness

I started a video series!! Whoop, whoop! After like a million tries of recording and editing videos that now live in a secret vault containing hundreds of minutes of embarrassing takes and husky interruptions… This video series is going to live on YouTube, so you can find the full videos there. Here in the “show notes”, I’ll guide you through what I did in the video, the full dye recipe, and helpful materials I have in my studio. The four big steps to overdyeing are the same for dyeing - prep, dye, wash, and dry. If you’d like to read...

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What Makes a Great Summer Yarn, and Why I Am so Obsessed With This One Blend

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What Makes a Great Summer Yarn, and Why I Am so Obsessed With This One Blend

I've finally released my 2020 summer yarn!! Though I’ve done a summer base before, this is something completely new.   My journey of finding a summer-ready base did not start this year… Last year I was living in San Diego and running this hand dyed yarn business. Not much there I can complain about, except the fact that wool and beautifully warm weather don’t always mix….especially for me because I sweat more than ANYONE ELSE I KNOW. (Not ashamed of it!!) But it does render my handknit wardrobe almost useless in the summer.   It became increasingly important to me that...

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How to Speckle Wool Yarn | Four Different Methods

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How to Speckle Wool Yarn | Four Different Methods

We’re changing up the pace of these posts with a video! If you want to learn the full dyeing method and how to choose colors specifically for over-dyeing yarn, visit my guest blog post on The Hook Nook Life!   Over there, I have a post detailing all the steps for over-dyeing yarn. But you can also use these steps for dyeing blank yarn! It’s meant for newbies and any yarn dyeing veterans that have never double dyed before and want some tips and tricks for thinking through the colors.   If you’ve come from THN Life, then welcome! I...

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What to Learn Next: 9 Gorgeous Knitting Skills from Easiest to Hardest

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What to Learn Next: 9 Gorgeous Knitting Skills from Easiest to Hardest

There aren’t any standard guidelines for rating how difficult a pattern is, besides maybe it’s ratings on Ravlery. So, I’ve made this guide to help you determine if a particular pattern is right for your skill level. (But toooootallly ignore this if you’re feeling adventurous. Finished knitting projects are NOT supposed to turn out perfect - that’s the beauty of handmade!) If you’ve mastered some of these skills already, use this list to decide what to learn next. So here it is - What to Learn Next: 9 Gorgeous Knitting Skills from Easiest to Hardest 0. Rectangle shape using garter...

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11 Unique Hand-Knit Gifts Ideas

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11 Unique Hand-Knit Gifts Ideas

It means a lot to get something handmade, and a small gift that took 10 hours will mean just as much as something that took 100 hours! I've seen a lot of these posts floating around Pinterest, so I tried to think out-of-the-box to help you choose gifts that won't take you months to make. I hope none of my family and friends read this post because I'll be making most of these for Christmas! <- Also I'm perfectly aware it is August and not November. I wanted to get this post out there super early because hand-made gifts take...

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