InstructionsThe bag is a simple long rectangle, folded in half and stitched up the sides. I use this yarn a lot, so I knew my gauge and calculated how many stitches and rows would fit a MacBook. I found the old rainbow apple logo on the net, printed it and traced it onto graph paper I made in a spreadsheet, using the same size rectangles as my knitting gauge, and that became my intarsia chart. I then did ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Geeky, Funky
Chunky wool - black 3 balls and hand-dyed (formerly cream) 1 ball; cotton print fabric for lining; food colouring; vinegar
What was your inspiration?
I had recently discovered microwave wool dyeing and was experimenting with making self-striping yarn. I wanted to learn how to do intarsia. I have a MacBook I love, and a fondness for rainbows. This project was a great combination of learning activity, developing a newish skill, indulging old passions and creating something practical!
What are you most proud of?
I was delighted that my hand-dyed yarn made stripes that almost perfectly started at the edge of the design every time.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
It's not as hard as it sounds - the maths is basic multiplication and division. I marked where the colour changes would be by tieing a short bit of wool around the main yarn - the dye soaked through and there was no sign of my markers after I took them off.
Dyeing with food dye is exactly the same as Kool-Aid, but without the flavouring that you don't need (and you can't buy Kool-Aid in Australia). http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html