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After a year’s hiatus, I’ve decided to get back in the swing of things. Sand In My Stitches, Unique Kettle-Dyed and Handpainted Yarns, is now open for business, once again, and hopefully this time, to stay in business. I’ll be working on increasing inventory very soon. Any requests? 😉

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Swap stuff!

Today I received this sweet little package from Sarah Lou of getStitchy! fame for the Handpainted Yarn Swap.

Swap stuff

She sent KnitPicks Bare superwash worsted she hand-dyed with Wilton’s royal blue and teal (beautiful colors and very soft), some magnets, pens, a travel pack of surf board tissues (going in the car), some slightly melted coffee Hershey kisses, and the cute stitch markers below. All the stitch markers I’ve made, and I’ve never considered using charms instead of beads! A novel idea, indeed — one to keep in mind for the future.

Swap stitch markers

When I read the card, she said she used Wilton’s, and I was amazed the blue and teal didn’t separate, so I asked her how she dyed it, and she let me know she first soaked the yarn overnight with a bit of vinegar, and then added vinegar to the mixed-up dye and the water the yarn was dyed in. Hmm, I might have to try this method, for sure, and I might just do it tomorrow, since I’m soaking three skeins overnight to dye tomorrow anyway.

Thanks so much Sarah Lou — I love everything and I’m already looking for a pattern to use with my new, cool yarn!

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Acid dye handpainted yarnThere needs to be a support group for yarn addicts like me… I mean, really!

“Hello, my name is T and I’m addicted to yarn. It all started when my mom taught me how to crochet when I was little. Then, after I graduated, I bought full bags of acrylic yarn from Ames for an afghan that I wanted to make. It got started, but never finished, and to this day, it is waiting for completion in a closet somewhere. My DH’s grandmother taught me to knit, and then I discovered local yarn shops, real wool, silk and alpaca yarns, and then Kool-Aid dyeing, which led to acid dyeing. I am now full-blown obsessed…”

All that to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this yarn I call Woodland. The color has grown on me, to say the least, because when it came out of the pot, I wasn’t too thrilled with it. I did some touch-up dyeing out of the pot after it cooled, and now I think I want to keep it for me! Perfect for this time of the year because it’s so autumnal!

Speaking of the seasonal changes, I’ve found that near the end of each season, I’m getting more and more anxious for the next to start. It’s not that I want to rush my life away, but now it’s, ‘Hurry up, autumn!’, because I’m more than ready for some cooler weather. (When it’s winter, it’ll be, ‘Hurry up, spring!’)

Our homeschooling started yesterday, and even though I don’t have the curriculum for my teen yet, he is working on some review of last year’s work and I found some online lessons that he will be doing until his new courses arrive. Our little guy is continuing to learn how to read, working on his printing and spelling, and whizzing through math. Yesterday he did two pages (60 problems) of second grade addition and subtraction in less than five minutes! But I’m not bragging! 😉

This evening, Delmarva Knitters is meeting up to knit and have some yummy iced coffee. And good news — we are not a group of two anymore! One new member came out to knit with us last week, and someone else said they’d be stopping by tonight, so we’re looking forward to that. Pixie will be bringing a book on charity knitting with her, and as we’ve been doing this Clapotis knit-along together, we’re considering doing some charity knitting together for this local area. There are people out there in our own neighborhoods who are needy in some way, and I’m thinking of targeting the homeless adults and/or abandoned children. Sadly, I’m not a very fast knitter, and simply because I don’t have the time to sit and knit for hours each day (I’m lucky if I can get in a few rows at the most), but hopefully we’ll be able to work together on something meaningful for someone who may need it. Depending on what we decide on, we may recruit others to help out. I’ll keep you posted.

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There isn’t much time for me to type anything meaningful, except to say that I’ve been busy dyeing yarn all week! Here are my latest color combinations:

Acid dyed handpainted yarn

Lilac

Acid dye handpainted yarn

Little Boy Blue

Wilton’s handpainted yarn

Parrot

Acid dye & Wilton’s handpainted yarn

Butternut

Acid dye handpainted yarn

Posies

Acid dye & Wilton’s handpainted yarn

Toffee

Acid dye handpainted yarn

Berry Tart

Hope you like them as much as I do! Sand in my Stitches is getting closer to opening all the time! 🙂

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Last Saturday, I introduced Wilton’s Icing Colors to my yarns for the first time, via two methods — in the pot on the stove, and handpainting on the table with a foam paintbrush using the same mix of colors. Surprisingly, the results were completely different, but both completely wonderful… and COOL! That’s really the best way to describe it!

Wilton’s pot-dyed yarnWilton’s pot-dyed yarn swatch

This one was done in the pot on the stove and I love the randomness of the subtle variegation. I really don’t know what to call this colorway — anyone have any ideas? Blue Moon is its temporary name, and I’ll keep it at that if I don’t find a better one. (If you send me an idea for a name and I decide to use it, I just might send you a little thank you gift!)

Wilton’s handpainted yarn

Wilton’s handpainted yarn

This one was handpainted on the table with the same mix of colors as the first skein that was dyed on the stove. As you can see, it came out much lighter, which was a totally unexpected surprise, but cool! I’m calling this one simply Surf. I had much more control over where the colors went on this skein, and I might even prefer this dyeing method of daubing with a foam paintbrush better than squirt dyeing, but I’m not sure about that yet.

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When I finally muster enough courage and make the decision to try and sell some of my handpainted yarns, I should have plenty in stock, that’s for sure! One day last week, I handpainted three skeins all at once, in the same method and in the same colorway. I know that’s really not much, but it is the most I’ve tackled at one time so far. Just taking baby steps…

Acid dyed, handpainted yarn

Acid dyed, handpainted yarn

This is SoftSock, a very soft 75% superwash wool/25% nylon blend in fingering weight, and it’s reminiscent of Brown Sheep’s Wildfoote. At first I thought I would name the colorway Larkspur, but I’m not so sure I like that. Anyone have any ideas? What do the colors remind you of? I would love to get some input!

Hopefully, when our homeschooling starts again at the end of this month, I’ll be able to continue dyeing yarn a few days a week, but if not, I’ll just have to make up for it on the weekend. My days are going to be really structured here soon, and I’m going to have to fit in my new craft or I’ll die! (LOL — pun intended!)Wilton’s Icing Colors handpainted yarn.

Today I tried a couple of new methods for dyeing my yarn, and I’m both surprised and pleased with the results. This time I used Wilton’s Icing Colors, and using the same mix of the same colors, I got two completely different results with these different methods. Both skeins of wool turned out wonderfully and I should have more pictures of them up for you soon, but for now, here’s one of them (at right) twisted into a skein after drying on the line in the day’s 101-degree heat.Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter SnakeElsewise, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on in Furryland, unless you consider the endless numbers of interesting critters we keep encountering on a regular basis. For instance, just a couple days ago, we happened upon our little friend again… the one we met back in May, only this time he was a little longer and a little more plump. (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.) In the image on the right, you can see that our friend has just had a nice meal. Hopefully it wasn’t a bird.

Earlier the same day, I was out in the yard walking around when something caught my eye. There was this bright red thing running around erratically on the ground, and it didn’t look like it had a purpose at all although I’m sure it did. I tried to chase it down and take some pictures of it crawling around on the ground, but this little guy (gal!) was too quick so I caught it in my son’s bug jar. We’ve been seeing them all around the neighborhood, and they’re out and about with the purpose of reproduction.

Cow Killer or Red Velvet AntThe common names for this insect includes Cow Killer and Red Velvet Ant, but did you know that this isn’t an ant at all? Nope, it’s not — it’s a wasp. And they don’t really kill cows! Here’s a link from the University of Nebraska so you can read all about them. That is, if you’re interested. Personally, I’m completely fascinated by bugs and snakes and critters of all kinds, but I think that’s enough creepiness for one post.

This last shot was taken at Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland, just a couple weeks ago. My sister and I went there to celebrate her birthday, and while we were having dinner at a table in the sand, this little family of Mallard ducks was waddling around the tables. People started to toss food to them, and the ducklings were eating whatever they threw down… popcorn, french fries, bits of bread and God knows what else. Probably not healthy for them, but it was a nice surprise to see them, and they didn’t stick around too long before Mama duck led them in single file across the ripples of the Isle of Wight bay.

Mallard ducks

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