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Dying Yarn

Well the yarn turned out looking lovely, and no, you can’t see it because it’s dark and I haven’t taken a picture of it yet. I’ll take one tomorrow in the daylight, I promise.

I used jet black and burgundy to make solid stripes (if you can have such a thing) and dotted a mix of the burgundy and sapphire blue together to make purple dots on a third section of the yarn, which I’m hoping will turn out to look like one of those fake fairisle type patterns on self-striping socks.

I managed to wait until this morning to unwrap the yarn and rinse it. Then I disentangled my three skeins from each other, wound them in a ball, rewound that into a center-pull ball and then made a nice loose loop from that, that is drying in the basement. (See what I mean about unneccsarily complicated?)

Want to cast on. Want to cast on. Must wait until yarn no longer damp…


I’ve been a hive of activity recently (can one person be a ‘hive’. I don’t think so. Forget that. I’ve been busy) finishing up projects. And starting them in some cases.

And now I’m at a loss. I have no major project on the go and just a stuck sock (can’t remember what needle size I used for the first one) even languishing. I know. I’m an unusual knitter, but I’ve been going through a case of Must-Finish-It recently, prompted, I think, by my lack of ability to finish other things in my life.

So what do I do? I’m thinking about starting a sweater, because I’ve had one sweater or other on the go for about three years now, and whenever I needed something big to work on, there it was. But I’m not very good at getting the sizes right. And I’m fairly picking in what I’ll wear. So I’m thinking of inflicting one either on my husband or my sister (who got a sweater that was, in my opinion, a bit substandard, a year or so ago).

But which one? Cables for her, and standard-manly for him. But I’m still searching for the perfect pattern and gasping at the cost of the yarns they use in magazines. Gadzooks, who do they think their readers are? I don’t mind paying a bit, but $130 for yarn? Er…

So in the meantime I’m dying. No, wait, I’m dye-ing. (that’s better).

I’m trying to do self-striping sock yarn for the man, who bought me the Knitpicks Jacquard acid dyes for Christmas (yay, him).

I think I did my skein in a more complicated way than necessary (esp if I had gone online and Googled BEFORE I wound it) but we’ll see what happens.

So, in the Finished Objects File, I now have

The Pilot Cap

A Smaller Pilot Hat

Pilot Mittens (busked, to match)

My Ice Queen (Autumn Princess) Beaded Cowl

A Sideways Scarf, made from a ridiculously expensive skein of luxury fibers, bought on holiday

and the aforementioned Opal Socks.