Thursday, September 20, 2007


Just in time for fall I present you. . .

A summer top (it never fails).
This is Josephine from IK Summer 2007. I used some Debbie Bliss wool/cotton that is now discontinued (but that I got for a song at Knit Knackers). I made the largest size and the only real modification I made was to increase the length of the top part (past the eyelets) by 2" to account for my bust. I love how it fits - I wore it to my school today and everyone else seemed to like it too. Luckily we're having a bit of a warm snap this week so maybe I'll get another wear or two out of it before it has to be put away for next summer.

I've also finished up a little more Xmas knitting
Kathy's Xmas 2007 sweater bag
This is for the BF's sister. I didn't actually knit it myself but I did do a lot of work so I'm going to claim it anyways. I went to my local Value Village and found a lovely child's sweater that looked like it was made from something Lopi"esque". There was no label so I assume it was handmade. I took it home and felted it to within an inch of it's life, cut off the sleves and sewed up the bottom. I sewed down the crew neck and attached a leather strap and now I have what I think is a very cute recycled sweater bag. His sister is big into responsible consumerism so I know she will enjoy this!

Now for my Dad (who has stated that all he ever wants are more socks)
Dad's Xmas Socks
This is the Spring Cable pattern and some very generic plain grey sock yarn. My BF took one look at these and decided that I should make him a pair as well. I told him no problem but he gets socks all year so he would have to go to the back of the line. He was good humoured but less than impressed (I don't know what he has to complain about - he already has like 10 pairs of handknit socks).

This is the first in the pair of socks from the yarn that I squirt dyed and showed here. I love how the colours look but I'm a little terrified that the chevron pattern is going to make them too small. I won't really know until I have more foot knitted - please thing positive things!
socks of awesomness in progress

School is amazing right now. I have a couple of really great groups of kids. I still don't have a lot of time for knitting and spinning but I'm doing what I can. I finished some yarn last night that I think will be for my Sister's Xmas gift but I haven't really decided yet.

Hopefully I'll be able to post again soon!

Saturday, September 01, 2007


the last dye day for a while

Well school starts on Tuesday so I guess my first summer off is officially over. I really enjoyed having the time to recharge and I'm feeling more relaxed than I have in years. I just have to find a way to keep up better during the year.

In an attempt to aide my sanity I did a little more dyeing. All the roving is from Knit-Knackers and the sock yarn is from Knit Picks.

Merino Pink and Brown

This is 200grams of merino roving that is intended for the Ravelry "Spinner Central" September Spin a Long. The colour theme is the end of summer and I think I'm calling this "Last Blush". It kind of reminds me of the excitement of the first day of school with the pink and the beginning of serious studies with the brown. I tried a hot pour technique using Wiltons dye for this roving. It worked fairly well but I need a bigger pot to spread my rovings out in. I had a hard time getting the dye all the way to the bottom.

superwash fruit salad roving
This is a superwash roving that is hand dyed using Jacquard acid dye. I love the birghtness of it. I think I will try and chain ply this so I can keep it in stripes but I haven't decided yet.

superwash pink and brown
Another superwash roving again with the acid dye. I can really see the difference between the Wilton's dye above and this one. They use what should be similar colours but the end result is drastically different for each. I think this one will make an awesome verigated barber poled sock thing.

Spot dye sock yarn
This is another "new technique" attempt. I wound a skein into a much larger one but going around and around a large packing box. I then soaked it and twisted it into a traditional skein. Then the dyes were squirted into the cracks. It has resulted in various lengths of colour and a lot of white showing through. I've just started knitting this up and I love it! Detail shot below.

spot dye close up

kitty pi
The last is not dyeing at all but it is the continuation of my Xmas knitting. My mom requested a cat bed for their new cat, Monty. My folks have a huge collection of white and blue plates that dominate the kitchen and the family room where this would likely go so I tried to tie it into that. It's the Kitty Pi pattern and I used two colours (and two and 1/2 balls) of Lopi. It took three runs through the washer to felt but I really like how it turned out.

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