Saturday, June 21, 2008

Finished Objects And Other Fun Stuff

For some bizarre reason these socks don't photograph well. I think it's because their just too colorful. They are great little summer ankle socks and they are a present for me friend. She'll have them today.

Lacertilia Socks

Of course I already have new ones on needles, god what an obsession I have with socks. These are also ankle socks and I made a pair last summer in beige and wore them constantly, well between washings anyway. I definitely need more than one pair. The pattern is called Vog On and is from I love the lace and absolutely adore the Eye of Partridge heel, in fact I love it so much I might incorporate into other socks.

Vog On

This is the yarn I dyed with Kool-Aid last week and it started out mostly red and white. I decided to add a little grape to the mix and this is the result. I have five more skeins which I will do the same color and possibly this will become some sort of sweater. haven't really decided yet but I did do a swatch. It is superwash was it feels lovely and soft.

hand dyed yarn

My offsprings' spouse is just learning to knit and the absolutely best advice I can give, is always make a swatch. I learned the hard way that if you don't swatch don't be shocked if things don't fit. The other thing I do is always down size the needle by half a size especially if your new and end to knit loose. It will be fun to see what she does and how far she's gotten when I see her this August.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Can't Stop Knitting Socks

After the mess that was SockWarsIII I swore off socks for a while. But not too long, I need to finish these for a birthday present by Saturday.

Love the yarn, its by Regia Cotton Color and it's super easy to knit with.

I also finished the Central Park (non) Hoodie and was able to get a reasonable photo in between rain storms. I did it with a collar instead of a hood deciding that hoods don't really work for me. Loved the yarn which came from Webs, Northampton in a warm brown heather color.

Back to the socks, oh yes...I did get a delivery from KnitPicks today, a whole shitload of sock yarn...


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Having A Little Fun

I've had this bare yarn lying around for a while and finally decided to experiment with dyeing it. First I soaked it in water with a shot of white vinegar for about half an hour.

I mixed up some Kool-Aid without the sugar of course, 1/4 cup of water to one package of Kool-Aid roughly depending on how strong you want the color to be.

Wring out the yarn and put in a microwave safe container and coat your yarn with as much or as little color as you like. I used condiment containers that I got at the dollar store.

Microwave on high for two minutes, let rest for two minutes and microwave once more for two minutes. Remove from microwave and put somewhere to cool off. Once it has reached room temperature rinse in water of the same temperature until it runs clear.

Hang to dry.

So there it is and I will probably redye it since has a bit too much white to suit me so I'll let you know how that turns out. I'm not sure what I'll do with it but a little curly Q scarf attracts me somehow.

I have of course started another pair of socks but don't currently have a good picture to show. I'm already on the second sock. The pattern is from a friend Dipsy Doodle called Lacertilia Socks and can be found here.