Koolhaas hat

I loved Brooklyn Tweed’s Koolhaas hat when I first saw pictures of it. (Of course, Jared does such beautiful photography, it is hard not to love everything he does.) One of my goals for the Philadelphia yarn stores was to get yarn for this hat (in part because it would be a small amount of yarn to bring home on the plane).

hat 11a
Pattern: Koolhaas hat, by Jared Flood
Yarn: The Fibre Company Khroma WW (50% Baby alpaca, 50% merino) in Bougainvillea, 1.2 skeins
Needles: Size ??
Began: March 2008 ; Completed: March 2008
Modifications: fewer repeats because the yarn is bigger than called for in the pattern


I am woefully behind on blogging about projects. It is really pathetic that I haven’t blogged yet this week given that I am at home since I’m not essential. Life will be back to somewhat normal next week, but I’m not sure where I’ll be working. There are two pairs of socks for me that I am skipping right now—one because it annoyed me so much and the other because I’m not finding the pictures offhand.

DJ gave me sock yarn for Christmas. I used it as conference knitting this winter.

sock 10b

Pattern: Ummmmm…. I think it might be Madder ribbed sock, from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Multieffekt (80 % Pure New Wool, 20 % Polyamide) in 3010, 1 skeins
Needles: Size 0?
Began: January 2008 ; Completed: February 2008?

Modifications: probably minor, but I have no idea what they were now. I may have added some repeats to increase circumference

sock 10a

I almost got a perfect match out of the socks but it is just ever so slightly off at the toe. I had no idea what the yarn would do. It worked well putting the “laurel wreath” in the center of the leg, at the heel and foot.

sock 11a

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A.
Yarn: Zitron Trekking (XXL) (75 % Superwash Wool, 25 % Polyamide) in 136, 1 skeins
Needles: Size 0?
Began: March 2008 ; Completed: April 2008?

Modifications: I don’t think I made any, other than making the leg a little longer

sock 11b

I’m not sure why these don’t match at the toe. Maybe my gauge differed? Maybe the color lengths in the yarn differed? The first day I wore them it rained and my old black shoes leaked, so now one of the bottoms is stained dark. Oh well, I guess I won’t take my shoes off and prop my feet on the table. (My father would have been horrified that I would even consider such an action.)


It has been an odd few weeks here. My Kool-aid dyeing was in part a good way to spend a holiday weekend, but also a light activity to do while I was also getting a powerpoint ready for a job in Wales. After returning from a conference, I then needed to get ready for the phone interview, and so spinning the fiber was a good activity to mix in. I had been thinking I could some really great (i.e. obnoxious) sock yarn for DJ. Unfortunately the fiber is too coarse for that. It would be scratchy next to the skin and the yarn is too coarse. I spun half of it an Navajo plied it. The plying is really lousy because I am out of practice and I think I was getting pretty freaked about the possible move so far away.

Meanwhile, flooding in the state is awful. Unlike the flood of 1993, it is hitting all the rivers, not just some. That means that all rivers are at records stages and major cities (OK, what passes for major cities in this area) have had down towns evacuated. The river in town is not yet at record levels – but we are downstream from some major flooding, and that has yet to reach the dam and water has been going over the spillway for a day and a half now.
So far only one street is under mandatory evacuation, but the University is closing many river side buildings. I will be helping to move materials out of the basement in our slightly higher river side building.

Earlier this week I helped with sandbagging. If you ever do this, do not do the tying of bags unless you have the metal things and the tool to twist it. I didn’t have one for the first chunk of time and even with gloves, I cut up my fingers badly. Now this is relevant to knitting and spinning because my left index finger is very sore, right in a place that I would use for knitting and spinning. Knitting is much slower when I don’t use that finger.

What am I knitting? Well, I need to make something for DJ out of that weird yarn. Fortunately, the fruity Kool-aid smell is going away. the yarn looks a bit like that zebra fruit striped gum that was around when I grew up. I’ll take a picture of the 2nd batch that I am still spinning. I didn’t want to document the yarn because it really is terrible plying. I am trying to something for DJ that doesn’t look quite so Kool-aid clown like. We’ll see if it works.

Kool-Aid Dyeing

At Spinner’s last month, NW showed us yarn and roving dyed with Kool-Aid. She then gave packets to any of us who wanted to try it and referred us to an article in Knitty. I thought it sounded like a good Memorial Day weekend activity.

Of course, I couldn’t just use the packets by themselves, I had to experiment a bit more. NW had some very nice colors by dyeing grey. I decided to mix the colors to see what I could get. By Kool-Aid dyeing standards I was pretty careful about measurements, but I was pretty casual in my measurements.

I used fleece from an unknown breed, but I think the sheep was named Freckles. (Yes, very useful piece of information.) Maybe M remembers – I bought it with her about 9 years ago specifically for combing. The wool was cleanish. It was a bit greasy and some of the locks were quite tight and in most cases I made not attempt to loosened them up to absorb the dye better (so the results are uneven, which should help with the over bright colors).

I weighed out about 12 gr (+/- 2 g) for each sample.

I did 5 samples at a time using 2 packets of Kool-Aid (or Mixaid)

I mixed each packet with about 10 T of water. I then added dyes to the 5 small containers in the following manner:

Dye A: 4 T Dye B: 0 T
Dye A: 3 T Dye B: 1 T
Dye A: 2 T Dye B: 2 T
Dye A: 1 T Dye B: 3 T
Dye A: 0 T Dye B: 4 T

Koolaid dyeing

Starting at the right in the photo, the pairs are:
Mixaid Tropical Punch & Mixaid Grape
Mixaid Tropical Punch & Kool-Aid Lemonade
Mixaid Strawberry & Mixaid Lemon-Lime
Mixaid Strawberry & Kool-Aid Orange
Kool-Aid Black Cherry & Kool-Aid Lemon-Lime
Kool-Aid Grape & Kool-Aid Orange

The 2nd to last pair above included ½ t of Black Cherry with the Lemon-Lime to mute the green a smidge.

The last pair included 1 t of the other color in the first and last samples

I then added enough water to cover the already wet wool and put it in the microwave for 2.5 minutes (my initial water was warm but not really hot). I let it sit for a bit and then another 2 minutes. I waited again and then another 2 minutes. I checked it at this time to see if it was done. I think I went a few more times on a couple of these in a failed attempt to get all the color to be picked up. (The red dyes fully absorbed but the yellow and the blue were not fully absorbed by the wool.)