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Colorplay and the Riot Yoke Pullover

Aug 11, 2011

Hello, everyone!

The latest special issue of Interweave Knits Weekend dropped a few weeks ago, but it's taken me a good while to pick a new project from the 32 (32!) fabulous patterns. There are projects of every shape and size, from whimsical toys to dapper, cabled, menswear. Each page is a reminder of knitting's versatility, an exploration of fiber and technique through all seasons. I love that this special issue takes you through an entire year of knitting, especially since in Amanda's world, sweaters to be worn in winter must be cast on in summer. Yet another reason that Knits Weekend, with its full calendar year of patterns, makes my heart smile with glee.

I have finally decided to cast on the Riot Yoke Pullover, designed by Cathy Carron. For starters, it just looks fun. Chunky yarn, easy fit, and bobbles, bobbles, bobbles! The name alone conjures up images of rocking good knitting and fires up my inner 90s riot grrrl. Plus, if I get cracking now, perhaps I will have it blocked and ready to wear by the first snowfall!

This sweater has also inspired me to experiment with color. The pattern suggests knitting with Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky, a yarn that comes in some beautiful heathered shades. Of course, I want to be different, and envision this pullover in a truly riotous apple green or a soft, buttery, yellow. Now seems as good a time as any to experiment with hand dying.

I've decided to conduct my dye experiment with Kool-Aid. Dying with Kool-Aid brings out the mad scientist in me, and seems like a good (inexpensive and non-toxic) first foray into hand dying. And, let's face it, splashing around in a tub of lime Kool-Aid has my inner child screaming with joy. I'm thinking lemonade for a nice, safe, yellow, or a combo of lemon-lime and Blue Moon Berry in search of the perfect light turquoise.

I'd love to hear your stories and suggestions for this project! Have you hand-dyed your own fiber? Are you thinking of casting on the Riot Yoke Pullover? What's your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid?

Happy Crafting!

Amanda

For more smashing color and playful sideways construction, try Carol Feller's Spoked Cardigan in your favorite shade of Noro Kuryon.
Or, turn your colorful scraps into a beautiful gift! Felted Pincushions by Meg Kandis are a perfect stashbuster.


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Carol Penry wrote
on Aug 21, 2011 7:41 AM

Wouldn't the Kool-aid smell and won't it wash out? I haven't done Kool-aid in years. I remember once I had to bake cookies and send to school and at the last minute decided to put some decoration on them. I used a strong solution of Kool-aid since that was what I had at the moment, and the teacher told me later that she tore the classroom up all morning, making all sorts of wild accusations, and finally found out it was the cookies she smelled !!! I dipped a thread and held it tight, and made designs.

on Aug 11, 2011 3:33 PM

Gosh, I love that gray sweater. So much texture and variety of stitches to keep it interesting. Is it in the round? I can't tell. As for Kool-Aid dying I've done it with wool fabric for rug-hooking, but I have to try it for yarn. I don't trust my instincts on yarn vs. fabric though.

LeslieAL wrote
on Aug 11, 2011 2:31 PM

I'm inspired.  This sweater looks like lots of fun to make.  I especially like all the texture and designs - lots to learn while knitting.

I've never dyed with Kool-aid.  Sounds like fun - I may give it a try.

Leslie