Tuesday, 23 April 2013
I really didn't feel like redoing the pink pirate sock right now. It took quite a while and I was disappointed enough with my end product to want something quick and easy. I started this rainbow coloured sock 2 days ago and I'm already at the heel flap. It's just a plain 2/2 rib, so fast and easy. I dyed the yarn last year and it's aged enough that I can finally use it.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Yesterday was a guild Dye Day. One of our members sets up an acid dye station, tables draped with plastic and all the necessary supplies needed. We show up, pay a nominal fee for the dyes and play. Most people brought silk warps to play with, but I brought a skein of sock yarn and some superwash roving. The dyes need to be steamed and while it could be done there, I have enough equipment to do it at home. I steamed the packets last night and let them cool overnight. This morning, I opened up the packets, rinsed them out and have spread them out to dry. All the dye set perfectly. There are several shades of the basic primary dyes so we get to mix and experiment to find the colours we want. Last time my sock yarn was a bit darker than I wanted. This time I went for bright!
The sock yarn has the pink and blue in 5 yard repeats, with 2 yards of purple in between each colour. Both th e purple yarn and turquoisy green in the roving came out better steamed than they did with the dye colour. I consider this a very successful dye experiment.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
These are growing where there weren't crocuses before. However then I remembered that I'd planted some last fall, in that particular flower bed. The beds were littered with leaves and pine needles from the winter, but the heavy rains, the ice storm and lots of winds have made it worse. Once they dry out it will take a bit of raking to clean them up.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
On a day like today, when the skies are dark and the rain is pouring down, a project like these socks makes me happy.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
The socks are done! It's always a good thing to have a new pair of wool socks in the drawer. I've been knitting and dyeing an awful lot of blue lately. I definitely need a shot of some other colour right now. Not that I'm complaining about the blue, because look at today's blue sky. But I've been dyeing with indigo, weaving with indigo, knitting with indigo, the shibori is indigo and the socks may not be indigo, but they've indigo stripes. I'm even rather fond of indigo blues, but it's time for a project in another colour. Maybe pink? One can never have too many pairs of pink socks!