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Just For Fun! Attempt at Training Our Rabbit

Posted by Ronnie on January 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We were blessed by one of the local farmers who is a member of our church. Around Easter last year he gave us a tiny bunny rabbit. Who knew Niblets would become such an important part of our family!

My daughter decided to check out some videos on how to care for rabbits and came across training videos. So of course now she wants Niblets to do tricks! So we have worked together and sort of trained her to throw a ball. This is still a work in progress and we should be posting a new video this week but this was our first attempt.Training Rabbit video Enjoy!!

Dyeing Wool with Koolaid

Posted by Ronnie on December 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                                                    

Today I thought I would share some information about dyeing wool.  I started recycling wool from sweaters purchased at thrift shops. I will post more information about recycling sweaters later. If you do a search you will find lots of great information and also youtube videos.       

 

Here is a link giving some pretty good instructions onusing Koolaid as a dye: http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/drinkmix.shtml.   Here is a great tutorial on dyeing wool using the Paas easter egg dye:  www.woolfestival.com/articles/eggdye.htm.                                  

Basically what I did was read through a lot of tutorials and watch a couple of youtube videos before I got started. Then it's kind of trial and error. I found my favorite method is the stovetop method. I used a large shallow stainless steel frying pan with just enough water to cover the yarn. I did use vinegar to help set the color. I used a dropper to add color because so far I have usually dyed one batch with several different colors.                                                                                           

 

I found that I could get some really pretty colors using Koolaid. One of my favorite colors to use is the blue. The orange also gives some very vivid colors. I have mixed blue and yellow to get a nice green.  The photo below is of some alpaca yarn I purchased at a nearby alpaca farm.  I used blue and purple Koolaid.

                                                                                                                                                                     

The one below is a fine peach cashmere. The one on left is undyed.

                                                                   

The photo below is a rust/orange shetland wool. I used orange, red and blue. The results were beautiful and unexpected. I think because the wool had such a deep color it was almost impossible to predict what would happen.