Roving Adventures: Steam Setting

As I walked in the door triumphantly with my 33 quart enamel ware canner I got super cheap at Goodwill, I had prepared my explanation about how useful it would be when I had my future garden or got a good deal at the farmer’s market to preserve the theoretical fresh produce. The justification for buying a pot too large to even fit through our cabinet doors, if we even had the cabinet space in the first place (we don’t) was loaded and ready.

My very intelligent boyfriend was not fooled.

“You’re just going to use that to dye stuff, aren’t you?”

Yes. Yes I am.

 

This was my first true venture into steam setting – I tried to do it in the dye crockpot once but it was a pain in the ass. The resulting roving from the crockpot steam was pretty, but not as dark as I intended.

“Mermaid Hair”

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I’m thrilled with how my two latest batches came out…

“Ardor”

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“Witching Hour”

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I can’t wait to spin these. Unfortunately they are pretty far back in the “to spin” pile. I guess I need a wheel!

-MF

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Summer’s Over, Kids

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This whole blogging business has really been delightful so far. My little experiment quickly turned into a main project, one that has taught me a lot and hopefully helped other people out a bit, too.

What I’ve been quiet about for the last few months, though, is my ongoing secret mission: to return to college on a new path. I’ve been working since the beginning of May to re-enroll at Indiana University, so as of a week from now I will be going back to school!

Here’s some of my favorite things I’ve put out into the world since January.

MandalaThrow

“Lotus” Crochet Mandala Throw – I hope to make another one of these soon…

Crochet Market Bag 2

Simple Stylish Market Bag – Won top 5 on Moogly’s HOHD!

Recycle Sweater Seam End Collage

Everything You Need to Know to Start Recycling Sweater Yarn – I spent untold hours putting together this super-comprehensive tutorial on reclaiming yarn from thrift store sweaters!

Plant Hanger 1

T-Shirt yarn plant hangers! I gave this one to my mom for Mother’s Day 🙂

Crochet Mandala Tunic 6

Mandala tops! They eventually resulted in a comprehensive multi-size crochet pattern which you can purchase in my Etsy shop.

Bindu Cover

Bindu Crochet Bikini – also picked for top 5 in Moogy’s HOHD link party!

Tunisian Pixie Hood 2

The Tunisian Crochet Fantasy Hood – This free pattern has been getting a lot of hits lately, hopefully people are liking it!

Oh, and if you all need more MF in your life, I have opened up an Instagram account so I can take snapshots of whatever art and craft stuff I want to share during my collegiate career.

-MF