Videos & Tutorials

Part 1: How to dye wool superwash roving for long repeats! Use this technique to dye long single repeats-or a combination of three to four shades. Mix it up, make it fun! Be sure to watch Part 2

Simple DIY info on how to cast on, yarn overs (aka increases). Other fun anecdotes, and knitting nerd stuffs. The pattern I am knitting is Lala's Simple Shawl, an free pattern via Ravelry.

It's broken! What do you do, when you break a yarn while plying it? If it's not superwash, you have a chance. My cat, Baby chewed part of it-while I had my back turned for a minute. She's fine-amazing since she ingested about a yard of the yarn!

Jersey Woolies need to be brushed and plucked. You don't shear them like other fiber producing rabbits. If you don't brush them, they can eat too much of their hair; and develop wool block. Wool block is bad, it can kill if severe. Grooming=good! It's easy to brush out Smokey Joe.

Part 2 Shows how the finished stripes look on the dyed roving. Also, the finished striped yarn! Watch part 1 of the video first-this is a great technique to dye roving in long non repeating or repeating colors!

Spinning chunky batts is fun! Follow the fiber from locks, to finished handspun yarn. Batts are airy, light and a joy to spin. Have fun & enjoy! For more info & fun videos, check my channel :)

Deal with a underspun yarn while plying. Anecdotes, opinions...and a mini review on the Echo spinning wheel from Spinolution & the new Pancake Flyer! Random thoughts, and more about dealing with a snafu yarn. Underspun, no problem! I don't show the finished scarf-but you get the idea.

How to use my fave photo manipulating program. I started out using Picnik, so I was sort of good at editing. With Photoscape, I'm awesome! You can be too if you give the program a chance. Load a photo, and click around. There's a handy undo button on the right lower corner.

READ NOTES BEFORE TRYING THE "PASTEL POT" I don't take dyeing too seriously-the technique yes...actual dyeing is meant to be fun! It's the journey, and exploration-rather than the destination. I am always amazed at unique colorways I discover, while mixing only a few colors. It's the alchemy of dye!

How I dye wool in the microwave. Not a exact tutorial, more how I do stuff than anything! BFL superwash roving is from Ashland Bay. Color mixing is an art, if you use too much dye colors will be muddy. Be much more careful if dyeing non-superwash fibres!

Carding my style, the Atomicblue way! A little demo from my fiber studio! This is how I card my wildly textured art batts. My carder is a vintage Fricke style carder. It has coarse carding cloth, 21 TPI! As the teeth are shorter than average I take the batts off before fiber packs up like crazy.

How to wash wool in a top loading washer! See how I do it: Simple steps to cleaning a greasy wool fleece: 1. Use hot water, approximately 130*-140* 2. Add soap to the water, not the fleece. 3. Rinse two times for best results. I use the "large" load setting on my Maytag Neptune.

Card gorgeous multifaceted batts, with just two cardings. A fun carding hack, that saves time. Try 3 colors, or mix it up with 10! I used rainbow colors, since they're always fun.

I don't take dyeing too seriously-the technique yes...actual dyeing is meant to be fun! It's the journey, and exploration-rather than the destination. I am always amazed at unique colorways I discover, while mixing only a few colors. It's the alchemy of dye! The results are a bonus.