Hey guys! Happy Thursday! It’s back to doing it myself. I created a knit throw from 100% pure merino wool for my daughter’s bedroom. I’m sure you guys have seen the gigantic blankets and throws made from merino roving, they are crazy expensive! One, roving is generally very expensive and you’d require about 7lbs to make a chunky throw or blanket, secondly it’s a laborious process so I understand. But since I love DIY I thought I’d try my hand at making a mini version myself.
I haven’t knitted since my mother taught me how when I was in primary school and I know to dye anything needs practice and experience if you’re looking for a professional look and I haven’t done so since fashion school. I decided it would be best to get chunky wool instead of the expensive roving to experiment and honestly I loved the results. I wanted a dusty pink blanket for my daughter but I started off with a little bit too much dye and because I wanted my skeins to have uniformity I threw them all in the pot at the same time and obviously from the results my large pot was not large at all, that’s why there’s two tones of colour. So my advice would be start off with as little dye as possible, mix and test to see if it is the desired colour and the bigger the pot the better, I would even recommend buying the largest and cheapest pot you can find because once you’ve used acid dye you cannot cook with that pot ever- it’s dangerous for your health.
I asked my mother for a quick refreshers course and it took me about 3 days of lazy knitting – meaning I knitted in front of the tv. I think it’s safe to say though that I’d rather buy the colour that I want and just knit or crochet myself. If you guys want to knit your own stuff I’d highly recommend Colour Spun, they sell 100% merino wool and cotton and in all different sizes. They’re based in Cape Town, South Africa and sell acid dye or a variety of colours of yarn if you can find the colour you like. Bonus is an instructional video on how to dye your own wool. Then for knitting YouTube has plenty of videos on how-to knit or crochet different types of things and obviously it’s beneficial because you can go along with the vloggers.I want a gigantic blanket for my room which I will I have to commit to buying roving each month until I have enough for a gigantic blanket. It was well worth to DIY because it was fun and easy on the pocket.
See you all next week 🙂