#1: Chunky Stripes Cropped Cardi
Pattern: Anthropologie Inspired Capelet by Julia Allen
Links: Free Pattern Pattern's Ravelry entry My Ravelry Entry
Needle size: 11 (I'm a tight knitter, so it's about the equivalent of a lot of knitters' size 9)
Yarn: Two balls each of Purple and Black Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky
Yarn Source: Gift from Dawn for last Punk Rock Gift Exchange
Conclusion: I LOVE it! It's my favorite piece of knitwear to date and I love LOVE love the yarn
#2: Jack the Easter Dog
Links: My Ravelry Entry
We were going for purple but got magenta and pink. This is how I did it:
- Made a vinegar / water mixture and saturated the white spot on the back of his neck with it. Put a square of plastic wrap over it and put his collar back on to hold it in place. Let sit for about 30 minutes
- Using purple wilton’s cake dye (you know, the kind that’s like a paste that comes in a jar?) and a paint brush, I painted it on his spot. Re-covered in plastic wrap as above.
- Held a blowdryer on low over the plastic-wrapped spot for about 5 minutes (moving it around and testing with my hand to make sure it wasn’t burning him). Let sit for 20 minutes. Repeat once more.
- Bath time! I filled the tub with about 1-2 inches of water and poured 1 cup vinegar over the spot. Wet and washed with dog shampoo in all places BUT the spot. Rinsed well.
Due to not being able to marinate Jack in a crock pot like real yarn, his fur didn’t have enough time/warmth to suck up all of the purple dye, leaving us with a magenta spot instead. Rinsing the spot with vinegar worked to both help set the dye on the spot and added water to the tub Jack was standing in…helping the rinsed-off dye adhere to the white on his chest and paws.
Jack is quite the happy punk rock pooch.