Saturday, June 16, 2007

Experiments with Kool Aid

I've finished my first project with self dyed yarn! Well, if you call one sock finished, that is. A Jaywalker in the neon stripes resulting from Strawberry, Lemon-Lime and Grape self striping sock yarn. There were two handy tutorials: Eunny Jang's and at Streets and YOs to which I made some modifications that made it about ten times more difficult. If you're going to try this at home, I highly recommend tying it off in a long skein before soaking it in dye. I made some initial attempts at this, but my house was crowded with family in town and a very interested 2 year old, so I decided to skip it because of the cramped space. Instead, I spent hours untangling it. I can say that the Knit Picks 70% Merino and 30% silk blend that I used stood up well to all the tugging and rolling involved in the untangling.

The colors have turned out to be very bright, brighter than I care for. I may try overdying the lot, once I get the pair finished

If you want to see more pictures, try my flicker site.

And, the second sock is already cast on, I promise. We're heading up to Estes Park today for the wool fest and hopefully I'll be able to finish it on the ride!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Forgetful procrastination

Today I managed to make it to work while forgetting my iPod, my keys, my phone, my wallet, and, worst of all... my knitting.

Well, not all of my knitting. It's not that bad. I just forgot to bring a new ball of yarn for the sweater I'm working on. I just finished the last ball moments ago. So, now I'm stuck cruising google for sock yarn. It's a good thing I forgot my wallet, too.

Other than the inspiring Durrow, I've been knitting socks. After frogging those destined to be my first pair out of sheer boredom, I finally finished a pair! I still haven't gotten good pictures of them (they barely fit over my poor, swollen feet), but will post as soon as I do. They're the embossed leaves socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks book.

I'm hooked. I've already dyed my own self striping sock yarn using Kool Aid and the handy tips from both Eunny Jang and streets and yos (more details to come). There were a few hiccups that resulted in me having to untangle the entire 440 yds of Knit Picks merino/silk blend by hand. Yeah... so, apparently, it's a really good idea to tie off your skein instead of just dumping in loose yarn. But, it's so soft and pretty that I didn't mind untangling it by hand. Interestingly, the single packet of strawberry Kool Aid that has been aging in the back of my pantry was much more vibrant than the three packets of grape mixed together.

I had fully intended to take a picture of the ball once it was all untangled, but I slipped and cast on a Jaywalker instead. It's gorgeous and enchanting - both the pattern and using my own dyed yarn. I've even turned the heel. Only...

Well, it doesn't fit. Maybe it's the pregnancy-swollen feet. Maybe it's the fact I hate gauge and, ahem, didn't check it all that closely. Now it's sitting at home (with my iPod, wallet, keys, etc), thinking about what it's done. Maybe I'll frog it tonight and start in on 2s instead of 1s.

Next up... pictures of everything I've talked about, plus... hand spun! Yes, I have two skeins of handspun. And, one of these days, a new baby.