Tools, texture, and color

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:

My small Clover needle felting mat and my awesome needle felting pen

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):

A swatch to use in conjunction with the felting mat

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:

Skeins of reclaimed wool ready for Kool-Aid dyeing

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,

Peaches & Creme double worsted weight

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:

I begin work on the nubby brim cloche

By dinner, the pastel yarn had been transformed into this rainbow of colors:

A rainbow of Kool-Aid dyed reclaimed yarn

Tomorrow promises to be another amazing crochet day, and I, for one, can hardly wait.

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