Friday, April 24, 2015

To Dye For

A group I'm a part of on Ravelry is having a dyeing challenge this month. I had some cotton yarn that wasn't bad, but didn't suit me. It was originally a shirt that I loved, but the cotton had a bad tendency to grow width-wise while I was wearing it. Not flattering.

I frogged the shirt and wound up all the yarn (with a little help).

With input from my better-at-color-than-me husband, I went with Dylon's Ocean Blue to overdye the Olive yarn.

I followed the directions faithfully, mixing it for 15 minutes, then stirring regularly for 45 to ensure even coverage.

I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to get. I got one package of Dylon, and the amount of yarn I had really called for 1.5 packages. Since I was overdying, a light color was fine, and I could always re-dye if I wasn't happy with it.

The skein that wasn't previously knit seems to be a bit darker, but I'm happy with the result. The gold tones that weren't working for me are gone, and now it's a nice green. I'm still considering dyeing it again to make it a bit darker, but I think I'll knit it up and dye the final product if it's not to my liking.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

One Purple Blob, Almost Done

When getting a mystery yarn, you should always do a bleach or burn test to see what the yarn is so you know how to wash and block it. I burned a bit when I got this mystery purple yarn. I also didn't believe that the yarn was acrylic (who makes acrylic laceweight?) so wrote it down as wool. While not a problem for the knitting, it was a big problem when I unpinned it after blocking and it scrunched right back up to pretty much how it looked off the needles.

Now I need to re-pin it and use my iron to "kill" it into the shape I want. I just wish I realized before unpinning it all!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Purple Blobs

Right now I'm working on a couple of shawls that are pretty much big purple blobs.

This one is from 2012. I want the needles for another project, and instead of putting it on hold (again) with roughly 10% of the yarn left, I'm going to finish it before starting the next one.

This one is from last summer. I finished it, wore it a couple of times, and decided I really wanted a border on it, so undid the bindoff. Now I need to knit on the border. It's taking forever.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Felted Oven Mitts

This semester, Loopy Academy required a felted project. The rubber has been cracking off of my oven mitts. This seemed like the perfect arrangement.

Pattern: Felted Nova Mittens (Ravelry mine)
Size: Large
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Glamour (and Patons Classic Wool in Rich Red)
Needles: US10/6.0mm
Timeframe: March 5 - 16, 2015.
Mods: Wider thumb for oven mitt use.
Problems: One skein of Cascade was not enough! No real problems though, and they work perfectly as oven mitts.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


The wild assortment of flowers around my property have started to bloom again, so here's some springtime arrangements to brighten your day and my house:

I'm pretty sure my Ikebana instructor would have a few things to say about this one, but it's happy and I'm happy with it, so rules (and style) be damned!

I just threw a bunch of hyacinths into the container for this one. They smell great!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Color Affection

This is a popular pattern that I've been eying for some time and finally went for it for Loopy Academy.I'm still not in love with the medium blue, but it works.

Pattern: Color Affection (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk in Aqua Foam, Storm Blue, and Cerulean
Needles: US6/4.0mm
Timeframe: March 18 - 31, 2015.
Mods: None
Problems:I apparently carried the yarns too tightly up the side so the one half curls. I'm not sure if it's a problem or a design feature, but I'm not going back to fix it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Orange Socks!

These socks are great! So bright and cheery, and I finally found something for my bright orange yarn!

Pattern: Neldoreth (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Sock yarn scraps
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm
Timeframe: February 21 - March 30, 2015.
Mods: See below.
Problems: None!

I had quite a few modifications. The intentional ones were shifting the purl ridges over two stitches for the 14th row of the chart and mirroring the cables along the foot. Mirroring the cables does cause an inconvenient crossing when they mix back together, but I prefer it that way. The unintentional one was forgetting to do another main cable repeat on the foot, instead moving directly to the cable termination chart. I realized this at that point on the second sock, but like it enough this way to make the same mistake twice instead of going back to fix it on the first one. Love them!