Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two of my favourite things...

Coffee and yarn. I often mix the two -- coffee shops are great places for knitting -- but this is a first. Yarn in the coffee, rather knitting accompanied by coffee.

Yesterday I brewed up a big ol' pot of coffee. This morning, I filtered it. It took forever, so why I didn't think to capture the hour or so with photos, I have no idea. But here is what happened when I finally managed thoroughly to separate grounds from dye:


Yep, I'm cooking yarn in coffee. Brought it to a simmer, then cooked it at just below a simmer for one hour. Then I removed it from the heat, to allow it to steep. The instructions on Coffee Yarn suggest it steep for 12-24 hours. So far, it's been about five, and the yarn is looking pretty dark:



And it's also looking a tad tangled. I cannot adequately express how frightened this makes me; hopefully I won't lose any sleep over it tonight. I am not joking.

Another favourite thing: finished objects! And today I have one. Or, more accurately, one set of three. My Ravenclaw-inspired felted bowls are done. Here they are, showing themselves off:



And here they are tucked up together.




   Pattern: Knitted Felted Bowl
   Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool, in Golden Bark & Tapestry Blue
   Needles: 6.5mm/US 11


That's it for today; there's plenty of opportunity for lots of fibre-friendly activity in the days ahead. But more on that tomorrow. 

8 comments:

  1. I love those bowls! Awesome job!! I have tea dyed all kinds of things, so coffee doesnt surprise me at all. I bet it will be a gorgeous brown when its done/

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  2. Those are awesome bowls and that yarn looks super yummy! I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  3. Wow, I have seen those bowls but haven't had a chance to do them yet. That coffee dyed yarn is beautiful. Can't wait to see if when finished.

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  4. the bowls are soo cool i havent tried felting yet I am so jealous and i am with on losing sleep over yarn getting tangled I think it show how addicted we are LOL

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  5. The bowls look fabulous!

    I'm really ingrigued by the coffee dying, going to go check out that link now. Looking forward to seeing your yarn when it is all dry.

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  6. Looking good! Don't worry too much about the tangled-ness of the skeins, either - you had them tied up pretty well.

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  7. Wow! Those bolws look awesome! great color choice.
    How'd the coffee yarn come out?

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  8. The bowls are awesome. I can't wait to see how the coffee yarn turns out.

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