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  • Rock on with those blues. I’m glad you’re continuing according to the plans my fantasy has for your life, and your role in this world: Kay Paints the World Denim.

  • …and didn’t we love old Larry McMurtry in HIS denim at the OSCARS!
    Garnet Hill and Land’s End Sale quilts are my favorite too…….

  • That’s pretty danged CUTE.

  • Wow, that first picture just knocked my socks off. What an opening blast of colour!

  • I am so glad there is a name for that overwhelming exuberance for all things made out of other little pieces of things! I am a sequential crafter: first needle point,then there was counted X stitch,followed by quilting, rughooking and now knitting. WHIP UP, I love it!

  • Great crafty weekend! Sometimes I have the urge to dye something and I start sideways glances at the cat. A beloved quilt is a much better option. Maybe I’ll reconsider some of the ones my grandmother has made me over the years with her questionable color-matching skills. Long live denim!

  • man, that is fabulous!
    how did the washer fare?

  • Your hats got more and more complex, no wonder you needed a little extra time! Congrats on finishing the Olympic challenge!

  • You… you can do that? You can throw things in the washer with dye and… and they turn out like that? Brilliant!
    I think I shouldn’t have read this while sitting on an old, faded rug.

  • sew happie ewe R still hooked on fabby fabrics. long live the quilting Bees! you’ve put me in such a “scrappy” mood…..thanx!

  • Wow, aren’t you adventurous? What a great idea for a faded quilt!

  • Kaaaaaaaaaaaay, I just love this blue thing you’ve got going on. A kwestion: why do you put salt in with the dye? Does it, like, make it better? Tastier?
    Did helper man turn blue, too? I can hardly imagine how he could escape it.

  • Clooney. That’swhatI’mtalkinabout.

  • ooh, i must learn how to do 2-color ribbing; though 2-color anything scares me.

  • The cleverness of Kay! Hats and refurbished quilts. i could just dye!

  • is there a corrugated rib instructional video?????

  • You young whipupsnapper! I love a new, blue life for that quilt. Way to reduce, reuse, recycle, Kay.

  • kay, i will be holding you personally responsible for my unscheduled hour-long detour to the WhipUp extravaganza. and the resulting unfolded laundry. too many interesting things to read about, too little time. grrr!!! cannot (yet) justify hiring babysitter to make more crafts…

  • First, Kay, each of those hats is a perfect little jewel.
    Second, I’m not sure whether to thank you or blame you for the steady stream of brilliant web links that devour my free (and not-so-free) time. Whip Up — what a great new site. And the vintage clothing site puts me into a swoon everytime I look at it.

  • Great stuff, Kay. I very much like that corrugated ribbing too. Also the boxy look of those hats. As for the dyeing, I can only add to the chors: what happened to the washing machine? Will it denim-dye the next many washing loads? Also, did Joseph behave or does he now have a few Denim spots?
    Ann, regarding the salt, I’m not 100% sure, but here is my explanation: the salt serves to ‘crowd out’ the dye from the water into the fabric. The colour molecules, being those blue-blooded snobs they are, want nothing to do with those lowly, common salts crowding the swimming pool, so they instead go and have a party on the fabric instead. A more scientific explantion would be that the salt acts as an osmotic agent. The dye molecules without salt would form ionic and hydrogen-hydrogen bonds with water, coat itself with water, and not bind to the fabric. With salt, the salt ions (sodium+, chlorine-) compete with the dye for the water, pushing it towards adsorption onto the fabric. Also, salt helps the solution to penetrate the fabric fibres better.
    And yes, I’m a showy knowe-it-all. 😉

  • Lovely! It gives me ideas for other things….

  • Cool blues!
    Hot hats!
    Did you use a pattern for those lovely hats? I love ’em all!

  • Congrats on the hats! And the quilt is loverly. I am personally trying to steer away from the blues, but oh, how they pull me. Your quilt makes me want to rethink that whole green bedspread idea….
    I also love Whip Up! Thanks for the heads up.

  • I love what you have done to your Log Cabin quilt! May you enjoy it for many more years. Also love the hats and encourage you to tell us how you did them. In the meantime, I’ll brush up on corrugated rib.

  • Let’s see, I’m guessin’ … needles 10 1/2.. cast on 60 stitches? about 7 inches>? decrease/ was I close? as you can see, I am not the only one with hat interrest. nancy, your dulaan hat pal.

  • Let’s see, I’m guessin’ … needles 10 1/2.. cast on 60 stitches? about 7 inches>? decrease/ was I close? as you can see, I am not the only one with hat interrest. nancy, your dulaan hat pal.

  • that’s some bluesy goodness right there…
    whipup is addictive. i love the dulaan hats!

  • wait! it’s too early in the morning for flashbacks!
    i was recently seized by a similar notion — that A) I needed something to go with a sweater I knit that didn’t go with anything and B) in the DONATE box were a pair of corduroys that i actually really liked except that they were a pale color and now too stained to wear in public.
    aided by my box of purple RIT quickly snatched from the drugstore shelf and my two able assistants (aged 5 and 8), we boiled the pants atop the stove. (i failed to grasp the machine dye wisdom.) soon, having splashed the dye onto the outfits of said able assitants, things broke down into sort of a tie dye party. the 8 year old is totally miffed still as she won’t wear anything not-pink. the 5 year old’s wardrobe, therefore, has undergone significant enhancement, but was expecting garcia-inspired rainbows from the pot of purple when i said tie-dye rather than a darker purple shirt.
    me, i was reminded that RIT dye washes out a lot. my pants are fading with each wash. and i have some nice purple and blue checked kitchen towels now. which reminds me of some pathetically not-quite-black clothes in the early 80’s.