My Very Own Hand-Painted Yarns, Finally!

I had been dreaming about dyeing & painting yarn for quite a long time. After reading lots of article & watching tons of tutorial video, I finally had a gut to try it out. I chose to do the hand-painting using food coloring so it supposedly safe for my kids & kitchen.

The yarns I used was 100% merino wool from my shop’s yarn line, Papiput Kirthi. Buttery soft, single plied yarn & they were undyed.

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Luckily I had some food coloring pastes on my drawer. Never used them before. So with some food coloring, kitchen-ready equipments & kids huge support, I started it.

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I really love when I hang them to dry.

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Love them even more when I reskeined them!

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These 2 colorways were inspired by my kids. They’re cheerful, energetic, full of energy & give my heart a blossom pink of love!

Birthday Card Pronto!

July 7 was my hubby’s birthday, and when the D-day arrived I didn’t arrange anything! It’s not that I worship birthdays, but I think it feels good to see your beloved one happy.

Luckily, my hubby went for a job that day for about 4 hours in the afternoon. That was the right time to take an emergency action, haha! So I grabbed the car keys and my kids and we went to our favorite bakery shop to buy a cake. It took about 1 hour until we got home again.

Actually I had no idea what else should I give to my hubby, since I didn’t buy any gift. Then, an idea just popped out! I should make him a knitted cake on a birthday card! I only got 20 minutes before he came home. I walked (or ran) to my ‘office’ room and grabbed 4 cakes of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream solids from my stash.

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I came with no preparation at all, including the pattern. I had the picture on my mind but I didn’t have enough time to look for the pattern. So I just started it.

Here’s what I used for the birthday card:

  1. 4 balls of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. The colors I used was hot green, robin’s egg blue, white, hot orange. They can be replaced with any worsted weight yarns, I prefer pure cotton or 100% acrylic.
  2. A pair of DPN size 4.0mm.
  3. White paper. Just an ordinary paper. I used size A4.
  4. 3 colors of crayon to draw a candlelight. And any other colors you like to write your message inside the card.

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First, I folded the paper twice, lengthwise. Put the paper on landscape position, then fold in half. Repeat it once. Put some glue on the open sides, just on the corners.

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Next, off to the knitted cake. This project was the fastest I had! Well of course because garter stitch was the only stitch pattern I used. Cast-on, garter stitch along the way, then cast-off for the decreases, then cast-off for the entire stitches left.

When the knitted cake was ready, I dropped some glue on each of the corner. After the glue dried, I carefully drew the candlelight on the top of the knitted cake.

ImageThe knitted cake was made around 10 minutes. Let’s write the love letter inside! “Children, it’s your turn!”

ImageMy son wrote a simple “happy birthday”. I thought it’s enough as his ‘fonts’ are big.

That was my 15 minutes birthday card! Pretty enough for the recipient as he smiled his biggest smile when we gave him the card!

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I Can Never Skip Photo-Editing

I have an online yarn shop to be taken care of, that’s why taking photos are most likely what I always do. And not only that, I have to make those photos look very similar with the real ones, making it ‘alive’ and to make people believe that what they see is what they’re going to get. I’m far from perfection.

So after taking photos, I immediately transfer the files to my laptop and edit them. I have to make sure that every single item is well-edited, not too much and especially with the yarns, their colors and textures clearly represent the real ones.

Photo-editing is a very serious issue (for me), as what I have learned from my customers. Some of my customers had told me about photo vs reality problems. One of my customer said that she ordered some yarn from other online yarn shop (in my country of course). The color on the photo was pastel green as my customer said to me. She really loved the color as appeared on her laptop and smartphone. She was very happy. Then the package arrived on the next day. She opened it happily, and.. BOOM! She got electric green.

I’m still learning how to do the photo-editing for products by reading the articles, watch tons of video on Youtube and I’ve never tired of listening to comments, critics and suggestions from everybody, so I can make myself better on it.

Well, these photos are what I’ve got today from the GGH yarns photo session after I edited them. Please click the photo for a better view.

GGH Mussante

GGH MUSSANTE

GGH Mystik

GGH MYSTIK

GGH Samson

GGH SAMSON

100% Wool in Tropical Climate?

Yes! I’m on it! Even many people & knitters thought it’s insane, I just keep on doing it.

I’m living in Indonesia. A warm weather country where you can see the sun & have a sun-bath everyday. In the small city I live in, it’s quite cool than most places in Indonesia. 23 to 30 Celcius.

I wear the lightest of my hand-knitted cardigan when it’s cool. Especially when it’s rainy. At that time, many people gets out with their jackets, cardigans or sweaters because it IS cool for our tropical skin.

I love pure wool for its softness, stretch & texture, not the warmth. I’ve tried other fiber such as pure bamboo, pure silk, pure cotton, (pure) acrylic, nothing can compare pure wool!

Below is my new WIP as a proof I’m not kidding on what I said earlier. Wool is cool for me!

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