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Dying Sheep and Wool

My 4-year-old and I have been playing a lot of Minecraft lately. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed sharing with them, and it’s fun seeing them learn about how to do something as complicated as playing a whole video game. It’s pretty cool.

What does this have to do with knitting?

Minecraft is basically “Homesteading: the Game,” so there’s more overlap than you’d think. For example, you could dig up iron ore, smelt it, make shears, find a sheep, shear the sheep, pick flowers, dye the wool, and make things with the wool- carpets, beds etc. (I swear it’s more fun than I’m making it sound.)

My kid’s favorite thing to do is to dye the wool while it’s still on the sheep. We have lots of purple, blue and yellow sheep running around the woods near our house. It’s pretty funny.

So, when we were digging through my stash the other day and they saw a bag of white yarn, they immediately asked me if we could dye it. I swear I’m telling the truth, but I totally understand if you don’t believe me. What 4-year-old asks to dye wool as a fun, after-school activity? Mine, apparently.

Anyway, I didn’t have any reason to say no, and I have plenty of old food coloring in the cabinet, so I figured, “Why not?”

I let the kids pick out the colors they liked, and let them pour in the vinegar and mix in the food coloring. Then I boiled the kettle, added hot water into the dye, and poured the mixture onto the yarn where they told me to do it.

Is it the most beautiful yarn? No. Would I have picked those colors? Probably not. But was it a fun way to spend the afternoon with my kids? Heck yes!

And now I have a plan for Christmas gifts for them- can I make two kid-sized hats in the next 2 months? Cross your fingers for me!

Have you done any crafting with kids lately?

Inspiration: PAX

As you’re reading this, I’m probably at PAX Prime!  PAX is an annual gaming convention here in Seattle, and it’s absolutely a blast!  Thousands of people getting together to play and discuss games of all sorts.  Video games, board games, tabletop games… anyone who’s even remotely interested in gaming would have a fantastic time there.   I’m not even a hard core video gamer, but I enjoy myself there thoroughly. (They have rooms filled with board games for you to check out and try.  It’s pretty much the best.)


Anyway, in honor of PAX Prime this week, let’s get our geek on and look at some super cool videogame inspired knits:

From Zelda:

The Legend of Baby Link, by Joanna Rankin

1Finley_as_Robin_Hood_medium[1]From Minecraft:

Cute Creeper, by Krista Sodt


From Portal:

Knitted Companion Cube, by Wren Montgomery

6279582438_0e038740f6_bFrom Space Invaders:

bmp, bu Aija Goto