My Family…

Recently, while perusing Instagram, I stumbled upon a friend’s picture of some charming peg dolls painted in her family’s likeness.  I fell in love with them and had to steal the idea.  She purchased them from Goose Grease, a fair trade company that creates custom peg dolls, or kits that include the wooden dolls, paints, brushes, and a cute little muslin bag to store them in.

I promptly ordered a set (they come in sets of 6) and here is what I’ve created:

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Unfortunately, I forgot to erase my pencil lines before I sealed them.  Oops.  They are going to be a gift to my husband when we move into our new home.

(Disclaimer:  No one paid me to post this…I purchased the kit myself and loved it)

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Yarn Dyeing…

Last month I thought it would be fun to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn.  I perused many a site about dyes, fixatives, etc and then stumbled upon this little gem.   A whole website dedicated to dyeing yarn with food coloring!  And free, to boot.  The site discusses using everything from the McCormick food coloring you can buy at your local grocery store, to the Wilton gel dyes you can purchase at a craft store.  They provide photos of every color and type of dye in adorable mini hanks like this:

image courtesy of dyeyouryarn.com

So using their directions on incorporating the Wilton gel icing dyes, I started my little project (which, surprisingly, did not make a huge mess or cost a whole bunch of money).

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I started with a superwash yarn, and also did a 100% wool yarn:

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Wound it into a hank:

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And unfortunately I have not created a swatch or knitted anything yet so you’ll have to wait to see the result!

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