I finished my mittens last week. The fiber was Kool-aid dyed. The six colors are from three packets. For each color I added half the fiber, then when some of the original color was gone, added the second half of the fiber. For example, the first half of the fiber dyed green from the lime Kool-aid. The color that was left in the dyebath dyed the second half of the fiber aqua.
Each piece of the six colors was carded into six rolags (total of 36 rolags altogether). I arranged the stripe order based on the “changing of the bells” technique from the most recent Handwoven and spun the wool on my spindle. I navajo-plied the yarn to keep the colors pure. The pattern is a mix of several knitted mitten patterns that fits me well.
It sure was lots of fun to plan a project from the fiber to the end-product!
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
How to Dye yarn with Koolaid.
A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun
UK: Productive Spindling
Spinning in the Old Way
A guide to readers in the fast-track, low-cost, high-quality approach to spinning. No spinning wheel required.
UK: Spinning in the Old Way
.. more Handspinning books..
Lichen Dyed Slippers
These slippers are easily knit from 7 squares.
Felted Mittens Pattern
Marina posted this pattern for felted mittens in our Forum. I think this would work well using handspun wools.
Handspun Hat Pattern
This is a pattern that I often use for knitting hats with handspun. It works well for just about any size and gauge of yarn.
Spiral Sock Pattern
Tuatara originally posted this recipe for spiral socks in our Forum. This pattern is great – no turning the heel.
Knitted Hat Patterns
A collection of knitting patterns for hats and caps.
Free knitting patterns for socks.
Knitting patterns for scarves.
Links to free knitting patterns for vests.
Knitting Books: Mitten Patterns
Latvian Mittens: Traditional Designs & Techniques
Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia
Provides basic guidelines for knitting mittens, for selecting yarn and needles, how to measure gauge, and how to cast on and begin to knit in the round.