12/25/2008

New Colorways

Posted in DIY, Dyeing, Yarn tagged , at 10:36 pm by Jennie

 
I wish I had some knits to show for but until then, some prØn. I’m still working on figuring out which yarn bases I like so here are a few of my test dyes. 
 

Suzie Suzie
 

Lou Lou
 

Megan Megan
 

Sasha Sasha
 

Sofia Sofia

12/21/2008

Whew!

Posted in Vacation at 1:14 pm by Jennie

Howdy everyone! I’m sooo sorry for not posting before I left for vacation. It was nice long 7 day cruise with the family down in the Caribbean. heheh fun? (eehhhh to a certain extent) Photos to come when I get things cleaned up and settled. Plus I have plenty of blogs to catch up on. Can I just say I soooo miss ya’ll and am soooo glad to be home. It’s so weird being away from my computer for so long.

12/10/2008

It's snowing!!!

Posted in Random Me tagged at 12:48 am by Jennie

Oh my goodness!! It’s been so long since I’ve seen snow here in Texas. Many, many years. The strangest thing is that it was 75degrees earlier in the day and then around 11:30pm we have bits of snowy goodness. Soooooo nifty!!
 


It's snowing!

It's snowing!!

12/08/2008

My colors…

Posted in Random Me at 10:24 pm by Jennie

Saw this at Mixedupbeauty.net It’s really not me, but only a small part, lol the part I wish was out more. How about you?

 
 

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, white, and red.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

12/05/2008

More colorways

Posted in DIY, Dyeing, Knitting, Socks tagged , at 4:05 pm by Jennie

I’ve been trying out a few different bases of my own hand dye/painted yarns. Here are a couple more…
 
 
Kazuaki Kazuaki.3

Colorway: Kazuaki (harmonious and bright)

This is a bamboo blend.
Superwash
40% Bamboo
40% Wool
20% Nylon
380yds, 100g
The dye didn’t take up as I originally thought it would be. The colors faded a bit and swirled into each other. I still like it and can’t wait to knit it up.
 
 
Layla.1 Layla
Colorway: Layla (dark beauty)
100% superwash merino
360 yds, 100g
This was fun to dye up with mixes of blues, purples, and a splash of black.
 
 
Embossed Leaves

Here’s the Suchin colorway in action. Knit up in the Embossed Leaves pattern. So far I’m digging the look. The yarn is a nice 4ply tight twist. It seems to give the stitches a bit of definition and a firm look.. Like I call it, a workhorse kinda yarn. I’ll definitely put it through the washer to see if it softens up and holds up well.
 
 
Have a great weekend everyone!!

12/01/2008

Fun with color.

Posted in DIY, Dyeing, Knitting, Socks, Stash, Yarn at 6:40 pm by Jennie

Don’t you sometimes wish you could negotiate with time? A little more time today and a lot less time tomorrow?

Over the past weeks instead of knitting up a storm, I was drawn to dyeing and color fun. Instead of dyeing the regular way, I wanted striped sock yarn. Lets just say that I had a ton of yarn all over the house because I wanted a crazy amount of color in one repeat.

Calling In First look at it.

Calling In - Reskeined And here it is re-skeined. It looks totally different.

Calling In Sock Knit up, hmmm I’m okay with the colors. I was lucky to have a happy accident with the whitish stripes. They were suppose to be white sections left undyed, but I must have had a lot of dye residual and the blues/greens dirtied the white. But I think it worked out.

Another package of undyed sock yarn came in, and this time around the dyeing was so much fun. My plans were to try to do some semi-solids and only really achieved that look with my maroonish color. The blueish one turned out to be many shades of blue and I love it. Then finally my last one I went crazy and threw a ton of color everywhere and the end result is utterly my favorite with all its colors and personality.

Dyeing results

Suchin Color: Suchin (beautiful thought)

Saphira Color: Saphira (I’ve been reading Eragon and the name was perfect for this color.)

Safara Colorway: Safara (fire)

Yes, I’m dorky. I wanted all the names to start with an “S” after I was sure to call the blue one Saphira.

On to some not so happy knitting news…I really don’t like how my guage can be so off everythime I start the second sock. I write down pretty much all my row info and what I did to get where I got, but no matter what, the second sock is always either biger or smaller.

Austermann Step Austermann Step

In this case, sock numero 2 is a lot smaller. grrrr. And to add to that, for some reason, when I started the second sock, the repeat pattern of the sock reversed. Originally I wanted matched socks, but gave up on that half way down the leg when it was obviously backwards, but now the freaking sock doesn’t fit too well. grrrrrr. Thoughts… frog, or just knit another sock, lol.

That’s my craziness for the day, hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and if you’re not the holiday celebrating type, hope you had a good time doing whatever it is you do.  🙂