Thursday, July 26, 2007

Too many plans

I've just spent the past 20 minutes looking at all the new photos for the fall Interweave knits. I've already decided I want to definitely knit half the things in it. The minimalist cardigan is cute, and the cinnabar pullover would be a perfect Christmas present. The leavened raglan goes perfectly with some stash cashmere blend that I have. And, of course, the free sock patterns all look great. And so are the snowflake socks. And...

Wait. I still haven't finished anything from the Spring 07 IK. Not to mention the summer 07 (though I'm making good headway on the toe-up socks from that one).

So, instead of blogging about how much progress I'm not making... I'm going to go make some!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

More fun with Kool Aid

I had an extra skein of undyed sock yarn just lying around. So, while the kids were kind enough to simultaneously nap on Thursday, what could I do but get it out and dye it?

I wanted something that I could use in a pair of Christmas socks for my mom. I initially thought purple and green would be best, but really wanted a third color. And, I wasn't terribly happy with the way the grape had turned out in my previous experiment. I wanted a good, throbbingly royal purple. So I decided to try for three types of green. Which is difficult when all you have is lemon lime and jars not really big enough to get all the yarn saturated with dye.

When it was all done and dried, I didn't like it. You couldn't tell the difference between the two darker shades. So, in a moment of weakness, I went back to purple. Only, overdying with the purple left and really unpleasant, almost-brown. So, I committed to the brown and am really happy!

Also, I hadn't yet posted these pictures...

Baby socks knit in the yarn from my last experiment with Kool Aid dying. Since the dye didn't penetrate all the yarn (bigger jars, anyone?) I decided to try overdying in blue. The result was... okay. I don't really like what it did to the strawberry color. But, they're already too small for little dude, so it's all academic.

More later... Now, I have to go pick up my new Harry Potter book and finish up some socks I started in Ann Budd's Toe up pattern from Summer 07 Interweave Knits (more on that later).