the yarn that arrives in the mail! Camera not cooperating but my soft Opal handpainted yarn has arrived from my secret dye pal Lynette. The yarn is oh-so-soft and I think I even have needles the right size to knit it up! It was pretty thrilling and I can't wait to hear from the recipient of the yarn I sent out too!
Yes, after 4 months, I finally got around to finishing my second practice sock. The kitchener stitch (grafting a toe) has been conquered. The socks are Patons merino wool, 3x1 ribbing on size 6 needles, fit like a dream and are super warm. Hopefully some nice Mongolian person will enjoy them as I think they are suited more for Dulaan than for California climate.
As Ann pointed out, socks do look rather flaccid until worn.
In typical fashion, I never found any Wilton's until just last week and so I did procure a four pack of the gel icing dye that included blue. Thank goodness! It would have been tough to do blues and greens for my dye pal with the *cough* 40 *mumble* packs of red, orange or pink KoolAid I had.
I did successfully overdye my failed yellow segment with the strawberry lemonade to render it pink. I'm so grateful that I bought the Kona Superwash DK merino to dye because I've been reading in blogland how skinny the sockweight is.
Today is knit in public day, and I happen to be sick. Sadly, I will keep my germy self home and do other things, like finally figure out my new camera. Can we say Canon EOS Rebel SLR? Woo! Thank goodness for the alpha geek at my office who buys the latest and greatest and the rest of us sluggards can pick up his old stuff for a bargain.
Wish me luck that I can dye my blue and green hank and dry it and re-skein it (oy!) and mail it out by Monday!!!
Safeway was having a sale! It was like 8 packs for 2 bucks and so I bought...umm 32 packs. The cashier did look at me kind of funny.
Unfortunately, while I was at Safeway, I picked up a pyrex casserole dish that I thought I could lay the yarn and thought, "gee, this dish is smaller than the one I have at home." So I did not buy it. Of course, when I got home, I could not find my larger pyrex anywhere. Figures.
So, for my first attempt at dyeing with KoolAid, I used Ziplock bags. They worked well except that the yarn stacks on top of each other, the SuperWash yarn just sucks up the color lickety splity so it's a bit light where the folds of the yarn were.
The results? Well. They were interesting. The yellow (despite have used 4 packs of lemonade) did not take much. The strawberry and tropical punch (using only 2 packs) were vivid and wonderful and I just fell in love with the orange. However, the yarn soaked the orange in sections like I had hand painted it when I only just poured the cup of KoolAid into the bag. Safeway did not have pink lemonade and I wasn't sure if the Crystal Lite would work so I need to hit another store. Safeway also did not have any blue and I was hoping to make a colorway with blue (but not purple) for my swap pal. So, this first practice skein is for me and I will be hitting every Safeway in a 10 mile radius between the office and home to get some of that blue KoolAid!!!