Friday, March 18, 2016

Yarn Dyeing Take two...

So, yesterday I dyed the yarn in the pot with easter egg coloring and today I am "hand painting" the yarn with Food Coloring.

Original color, I used the same 100g yarn I used yesterday

I neglected to take pictures while it was all on my table, but I had the kiddos, running around it trying to grab the dye colors so I couldn't get to it. :)

After the table, the carefully wrapped yarn went into my Pyrex bake dish and into the oven at 250Degrees for 2 hours.

Out of the oven to cool, then I touched up some colors and did a quick microwave reheating. (2min on, 2min cool, 2 min on)
Waiting to cool

Rinse and hang up to dry... ( had to use the upstairs bathroom this time since the kids were trying to get into the yarn again. What is it with toddlers and Yarn that seems so irresistible
Finished Skein
finished skein

repeat of colors
I must say, I really like the brightness of the colors in this skein much better. I wasn't sure iof the orange and I am glad I took the leap since it turned out so wonderful. Orange, various shades of Green with a hint of blue, very bright and cheerful colors!

I will definitely be trying the self dyeing again (already have 3 skeins of wool in the house, but will wait to dye them once I know what project I want to use them with.)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Yarn Dyeing

So I've been fascinated with dyeing your own yarn for awhile now and have decided yesterday to try my hands at it:

This is the first try, dyeing the yarn with easter egg colors.
Original Color

All dyes in the pots, blue, yellow, green, and a red (accidentally)

Starting to re-wind the dried colored yarn

little helpers

I'm using a paper towel holder to wind the yarn, it make it easier on my hands with giving me a wider base to hold

The finished yarn..

I'll have to knit something up to show you the color flow, but it came out all in woodsy muted tones, green, moss green, some brown (or mud color lol), and a spo or two with some red. It reminds me of a forest in a warmer moist climate with ferns and lots of undergrowth... Pretty happy with how it turned out for my first try..

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Girl Soldier

Get it here: Girl Soldier

We start the story meeting Rain as she tracks a Deer she shot and is lumbering through the woods. As she finds the Deer and shoots it, we are treated to a softer, merciful side of rain. One that may or may not carry throughout the story (read the book if you want to find out if she is truly merciful, or takes after her ex-CIA Father). I liked Rain and could identify with her, she comes from a broken home (estranged mom), is responsible even at an early age in taking care of most of the things around the rural farm she and her father live in. But shortly after the story starts, Rain sets out to Russia to try and find her mother who is either missing or gone rogue. This story is aptly described as a cross between James Patterson and The Bourne Identity, fast paced, full of intrigue and family mysteries, Rain has a hard task on her hands, and she is only eighteen! Rather than fall into the typical pitfalls of being an airhead teenager, she is smart and resilient, able to use her skills and make the most out of harrowing situations. A really good story!

Book Review: Debt Cleanse

Get it here: Debt Cleanse

The author in this book relies on personal experience of how he eliminated the hassle of Debt Collectors calling trying to collect on Debts owed. He also shares how he was able to dispute old debts, or even how to effectively renegotiate your contracts in your favor, so that paying off your debt (or even only a fraction thereof), is done in the easiest and best way for you.
I liked the premise of this book and having a few debts myself that I want to see eliminated, I am going to try many of the techniques and strategies laid out in this book. I am not a numbers person, or even a person well versed in legal matters, but the writing and content was presented in such a manner that even I was able to make sense of what he was trying to tell me. I think this is a very good book to have, to fall back on when things get rough and you need that extra bill gone.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book REview: The Puzzle

Get it here: The Puzzle

I have reads some other books in the Samantha Jamison Series and simply had to go back and start from the beginning. So here we are, Sam is trying figure out the mystery surrounding her husband Stephens’s death. She heads to Highland, his home town to try and unravel even the little secrets he kept while they were married. She meets some interesting people and the way they fit into Stephens’s life is pretty intriguing and definitely kept the story moving for me.

I read some of the reviews about editing but most of them seemed to be older so I am glad I gave this book a chance. It must be a newer version since the editing in the Kindle edition was fine. I liked the flow and the premise of the story and found that it was a good introduction into the series. The character Sam was (as in the other books I read) sassy, smart and tenacious in her determination in solving this mystery. A great Read!

Sunday, March 6, 2016