Good News/Dyeing, Part One

It’s strangely quiet here tonight. The boys are asleep and for once I don’t have the radio on. A few cars driving by, that’s it. So different from our loud, loud days of late. Giggles from Spinner, his first real baby laughs that are so sweet to hear. A constant stream of facts from Little Man: the habitat of squirrels, black bear food, Venus and Mars…he is a constant fountain of information lately. And then there is this dear child:
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Caught in a moment of quiet here (it lasted about 5 minutes) my dear Knittykid is, well, in that very rough transition stage. Ending up year two, getting ready for year three. It’s huge, and hard, and made even harder by the addition of a new little brother and a favorite big brother who has to go off to school every day. We spend our days glued together (he is sleeping next to me as I type) and I must hear, “Mama, I want you!” at least 50 times a day. That, and the meltdowns about paint and fudge and  not being able to eat in the living room. But wow, is he sweet, so sweet. And when he says things like, “I’m so excited to be having Christmas!” as we get ready to set up the tree, my heart totally melts and it makes up for the screaming about paint from earlier this morning.

I’m excited to share a good report on Knittykid. He had his annual visit with the cardiologist yesterday regarding his coarctation of the aorta. If you’ve been reading awhile, you’ll remember that we discovered this defect when he was two months old, and were told that heart surgery was imminent and to prepare to have it done within the next year. Terrifying, absolutely terrifying to think that they would be cutting into my baby’s heart. But as we had tests done and doctors conversed about his case, we were told it was a minor coarc, that we could wait and see for awhile, which we’ve been doing for the past two and three quarter years.

So the good news now? His coarc is staying minor, his aorta has not gotten any more pinched and his heart and blood pressure are great. So great that his doctor is thinking he may never need surgery. No promises, of course as things could change. But for now, it looks really, really good. Needless to say, we are thrilled!!

So the dyeing? Well, this Christmas I’m trying to keep my gift making simple and inexpensive. But I also want to do some stuff with the boys. Enter iDye and Dharma Trading Company’s great deals on t-shirts and silks.


Freezer paper stencils and playsilks. That’s where it’s at this year for us. (And knitting. There is also secret knitting!)

I am in love with the iDye. It works brilliantly and is so easy. Toss in the washer with some salt. Dry. You’re done. I dyed a bunch of new shirts for gifts and I also dragged out all of our older, stained and worn looking shirts. They look brand new! The only odd thing was that while the cotton shirts came out nice and bright, the silks came out more pastel-looking.

Here’s the scarlet and kelly green on the silks:


I wanted them brighter for my nephew but I was out of dye. What next? Koolaid, of course!!

One pack per silk, one cup water, microwave 2 minutes, (watch carefully!) cool, and rinse.


The green turned out great. The red is still not to my liking. I might try kool-aid round two.I’ll have the finished gifts up in a few more days, if certain small people choose to cooperate!



Filed under dyeing, family, giving, kids

10 responses to “Good News/Dyeing, Part One

  1. Wonderful news about Knittykid!!!

  2. What a relief about Knittykid! Knowing your baby (no matter their age) has a potentially life-threatening illness is devastating.

  3. Yay about KnittyKid!!

    THANK YOU for the Dharma TC links. I use silk hankies instead of tissues and DTC turns out to have good prices on them.

    I’ve found the same thing re: dyeing silk with the same dyes you use for cotton or wool. I tried to dye some silk hankies black and ended up with burgundy. I did try KoolAid once – it took too long for the smell to wash out so I could use the hanky!

  4. Oh, I’m so glad to hear the KnittyKid news…what a relief for all of you. Good thoughts from us that everything keeps going in the right direction!

    Age three is rough alright, but thank goodness for those sweet, precious moments that make it bearable.

    The dyeing is looking great!

  5. Happy news about KnittyKid!

    We gave Sylvia a bunch of playsilks for her birthday last May (like you, we’d bought them at Dharma Trading and dyed them with Kool Aid), and she uses them all the time. They are so much fun! I hope the ones you made bring the same happiness to their recipients.

  6. So glad to hear about Knittykid, even though my daughter had her heart surgery at 10 months, I too would have preferred the no surgery too.He has got so big.

  7. Feng-Yi

    so glad to hear the good news 🙂

    are you ready to come back? I assume not!! I am so so so ready for the Christmas break!!!

  8. knittymama's mama

    I am absolutely thrilled, ecstatic & so very grateful for knittykid’s good news. trying to avoid tears of joy @ work!! That is wonderful news. Prayers answered 🙂 and will pray this good news continues!!

  9. I always found the halves were worse than the whole years. Me? I’m laughing: “Terrible Twos – Poo.” Then we’d hit two and 1/2. Oh crap.

    Way to go Knittykid with the healthy heart and all! Be two and half all you want.

  10. What good news about your Knittykid – I love that sweet photo! I totally know what you mean about the sweetness and the challenges. Moment by moment in the land of little ones, I say.

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