Today was a hodgepodge of crafting activity.
I started by winding the remainder of the yarn I want to put through color rehab.
I also used the occasion to try out the Clover needle felting mat and needle felting pen that I bought at the 2011 Carolina Fiber Fest:
I used it to felt together the ends of the yarn to create longer lengths of reclaimed yarn. The surface of the mat was not entirely hospitable, so I covered it with this swatch (single crochet through the back loop only):
and the felting went very quickly.
Additionally, the ridges and grooves of the rows of single crochet through the back loop only resulted in a surface that “hugged” the twisted ends and helped to keep in place during the needle felting process.
Before lunch, I had wound these skeins:
After lunch and a necessary errand, I was able to break out the Kool-aid and set to work transforming the yarn:
With the Kool-Aid dyeing project well under way, I got out this yarn,
my K hook, and the pattern for Eileen Tepper’s nubby brim cloche (which is available as a free download at Ravelry), and while I waited for the yarn to absorb the dye, I got to work on a long overdue hat for a friend:
By dinner, the pastel yarn had been transformed into this rainbow of colors:
Tomorrow promises to be another amazing crochet day, and I, for one, can hardly wait.