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

12/01/2008

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.  🙂

10/14/2008

Squares for a cause

Posted in Accessories, Blocking, Yarn tagged at 5:37 am by Jennie

blocking

My first sock yarn square for the Michelle project.
If you have left over superwash sock yarn definitely think about joining up.
The pattern used is from Knit me a River.

I’m on a my second one. Ohhh be sure that the square measures about 9″. I had to stretch my square a bit to hit that size.

Isn’t my board spiffy? I picked it up at JoAnn for $8 and some change. It was on sale, lucky me!!

BTW, I was wondering what I should do about the hole in the middle of the square. I left a tail to sew it up but I don’t know if I should keep the hole. What are your thoughts?

10/05/2008

Friends = Awesome!!

Posted in Presents, Yarn tagged , , at 10:45 pm by Jennie

I am so luck to have such great friends.

The amazing Mrs. B of Bockstark (Knits) Spins sent me this amazingly lovely handdyed and handspun piece of goodness as a thank you gift. It’s so fabulous that it’s given me the urge to learn to spin. (More of that later…)

Woolly Goodness from Mrs B

Scrumptious? Yes!! It’s fingering/sport weight and is superwash. Yay!!

This is another super over due thank you to my very wonderful gal pal Haley for thinking of me when she went on her Alaskan cruise. A perfect gift for you knitter friend…

Alaskan gift

Sock yarn and wonderful handmade soap wrapped in wool. How cool is that?

05/05/2008

Pomo's in the bag.

Posted in Accessories, Contests, Socks, Yarn at 9:28 pm by Jennie

I’m so sorry about the last post. I had forgotten about the annual Old Pecan Street festival we have here in Austin and well, that was where I was all day. heheh Lots of fun and tons of food. Corn on the cob is so yummy and of course you can’t forget the turkey leg. YUM!!

In the bag

Thank you for all the guesses and interesting ways ya’ll came up with your guesses. But alas…there can only be one winner. The Pomatomus was in the bag. Sadly it isn’t anywhere near done yet. I’ve been so bad and not sticking to one project.

Becky aka knittingma you’re my winner!!

Have a great week everyone. I’m about to start a new project, yay! Will post more details soon. 😉

04/16/2008

Dyeing is satisfying!

Posted in DIY, Dyeing, Yarn at 10:00 pm by Jennie

I know, another post so soon?!? This is just a shortie. I had a chance to dye my Knit Picks Bare sock yarn with easter egg dye yesterday and wow!!! Dyeing for the second time is so much easier when you know what to expect and what to do. I love how vibrant and bright the colors came out in my first skein. And I’m utterly digging my second skein because it feels so…I really can’t explain…its just…awesome. I randomly mixed what I had left after dying the bright colors to get the second look. I have so much appreciation for the indie dyers out there because it is a long and messy process. I only dyed two and it felt like forever.

So…Whada-ya think?

Happy Rainbow

Happy Rainbow

Rustic Rose

Rustic Rose

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