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. 


  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/

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

  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.

  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

  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.

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

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

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