Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dye Job

Well I totally suck at reading fairisle charts! I mean if I don't write every line out you can bet I will be ripping back. Talk about frustrating.

I did have an enjoyable morning.I took 4 ounces of Briggs&Little natural white, sport yarn, 6 packages of Kraft's Ice Blue Kool-Aid and instructions from and dyed it up. The pictures make it look green and I admit there is some green variegation in it but mostly the yarn is a lovely robin's egg blue.I don't think my microwave pot was large enough for so much wool so next time I try it I will do it on the stove.The 4th picture shows the kool-aid dyed yarn in the center and 2 SETA sun dyed yarns on either end.The weather still being dicey here I dried the SETA dyed yarn on a window-sill. I will definitely be doing more SETA sun dyeing of wool when the it is warmer and more sunny outside.


Drying Kool-aid Dyed Wool

A Trio of Dye Jobs

I am currently working away on my 1st pair of "Toe Up" socks.I am using the Drooping Elms pattern provided for free at I am using Sisu sock yarn. This turning out to be such an enjoyable experience for me that I am considering teaching the toe up method of knitting socks at Cricket Cove in the autumn. I am finding that this method of knitting socks seems to knit up faster for me than the cuff down method. We shall see.

Well that is all for now.I will post the dates for the next Reads knitting night as soon as they are firm.

Dream woolly dreams

Saturday, March 28, 2009

What's going On.

Well as per usual I have been busy,busy,busy.

I am working on my 1st ever pair of toe-up-socks, a pair of lace cuff down socks, testing a sock pattern for a group I belong to, working on my knit picks shawl and I have become fascinated with dyeing wool. I have dyed 2 more skeins of wool using SETA and tonight I am going to dye some sock yarn using kool-aid. There is a great tutorial at by Kristi Porter. I will be using Briggs&Little 100% sport yarn that I purchased yesterday at Cricket Cove. I also purchased some yummy sock yarn by HPKY. It is a lovely blend of superwash wool, nylon, and donegal.I purchased Carmen. You can view it here. I plan to design a nice pair of autumn socks out of it. I also picked a sock blocker kit by Knitcellaneous. It's so cute and I was happy Cricket Cove had a few left.

Today before I forced myself to go and buy groceries I treated myself to a few books from Chapter's. I purchased Loop-d-Loop at the bargain book section for a scandalous $8 and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's (the Yarn Harlot) Knitting Rules!. Ya gotta love that Yarn Harlot.What a hoot she is and an excellent read.

Thursday night saw me at Reads in Riverview for an hour or so of knitting.I will be posting the next meeting date shortly. I imagine it'll be in April as I am busy, busy,busy.

Don't forget my next sock knitting class at Cricket Cove starts April,3rd.

Look in on me tomorrow sometime as I hope to post a few photos of how my dye jobs turn out. Until then keep your sticks on the ... No not ice but the road.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's all about storage

So I hooked up with the Moncton Monday Knitters on Monday night.

Hi Ladies!

I had a great time knitting on Knit Picks center out Janet Lace shawl. I was so busy listening to everyone and talking that I was home before I realized I had made several errors. I made the command decision to start the pattern over with a mohair-silk blend hand dyed wool in midnight blue that I had purchased at London Wool last spring. Very yummy yarn. I took the 100% superwash merino of which I have oodles of and dyed 100gms with some green seta color.I call it "Pistachio".If it sets correctly in our limited wintry sun I may dye some more.

On to the storage portion of this post. My craft room was in dire straits. I mean I had bags of yarn all over my cutting table, my sewing center and scattered around the room in various baskets. I needed a storage cupboard dedicated to my wool. Problem solved with a quick trip to Canadian Tire last night.I purchased for under $50 a 5 shelf, 2 door storage cabinet. DH assembled it last night and bright and early this morning I made a quick trip to that W store and bought all of the small bins I liked. You know the small plastic bins with the snap lids. My wool is for the most part neatly stored in the bins in my new yarn cabinet. It is so nice to be able to see the top of my cutting table again.Below are some pictures of my newly organized craftroom,my "A Pair of Heart Socks" and my Pistachio dyed wool.

Now I have to go make supper so I can make it to Reads tonight to knit.See you there.

Stay warm and woolly my dears.

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's a New Day

Yes indeedy it is a new day. Thank goodness because yesterday I fell on the ice in the driveway.Ouch! I was very sore yesterday but after a few muscle relaxants and a good nights rest I am pain free and ready to roll.

I completed my heart socks.I used Briggs&Little's sport,added a ruffled cuff and knit them using the magic loop method.

I have started my next pair of socks.the Artichoke sock by Meg Humphrey is a lovely lace sock.I am using Heidi's Handdyed sock yarn.That is Heidi of London Wul