Saturday, 29 March 2008

Colour Experiments :)

Sorry for being AWOL for ages! I did loads of dyeing last week, it's all gone now apart from one skein, and I'm dyeing again right now :) am very much enjoying it! I've finished a pair of socks (at the bottom), am halfway through some more socks, and my tiger socks are 75% done. Also my horseshoe lace stole is getting under way now, albeit very slowly!

So here's what I've been doing anyway.

Rainbow Feet:

Wild Fire:

Disco Feet:

Wild Forest:

Sea Spray (un-reskeined here):

Got the Blues:

Blueberry Muffin:

Poison Passion:


This is bamboo fibre, dyed silvery lilac:

And more bamboo in Wild Fire:

This is laceweight banana yarn. I can't put it in my shop because I don't know how many yards are in it! I've emailed the supplier but they never got back to me :( so it's languishing in my basket.

Did it in pink too:

These are my retro socks, in DK sock yarn. I love them!

And this is my horseshoe lace stole, which is now a couple of repeats longer. It's reeeally slow going, being that it's cobweb mohair on 2mm needles. It's making a really thick, warm fabric though.

So I'm going to go carry on dyeing anyway :)

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Got my swap parcel(s)!!!


It was like christmas this morning! The dogs got really excited because I was so excited, and when they heard me ripping stuff open they got *even more* excited :)

So.... I don't yet know who my spoiler is, but I know she's awesome and couldn't have made better choices for me. I feel really lucky and really spoilt! I hope my spoiler also gets a fantastic parcel!

Here we are.. this is me opening it in the kitchen. I was going to rip it open then suddenly thought I'd best get my camera!

The card is a voucher to buy a sock pattern from, I've not decided which one to go for yet. The lovely box, is full of stuff, and obviously it's going to be put to good use!

On top you're seeing some beautiful fabric. It's yummy, it's chocolate coloured with blue leaves and the cream flowers. I'm not a sewing pro (yet!!), so I'm going to practice my sewing more before using this fabric. That also gives me lots of time to decide what to make with it!

Here it is spilling out!

A quick interlude to show you my wee helper. Holly thought it was very exciting and she was lucky enough to be in her bed under the table, so caught all the fun wrapping paper, and quickly recycled it for me.

Ok, here's what I got! Hand cream.. it smells delicious! I can't wait to try it out, and my hads are SO dry, so this is just perfect!

Wee charms, which I will make into stitch markers, and a pair of earrings with the seahorses, I'll get some pretty crystals to go with them, YEY!

And WOW, check out these needles.. they are the Namaste glass needles no less! And my spoiler got me them in the 4mm (OOPS - 5mm sorry!!) size which is brilliant, as it means I can do some lace projects on them :D The ends are a lovely dark swirly green, and glow in the sunlight :D

Knitting notelets! I'm really happy to have these, I've been considering getting some for ages so my spoiler's read my mind :)

Closeup of the fabric. It's gorgeous!

This is wool/soy silk for spinning. It is SO beautiful, it really is.

Colinette Point 5. What a good idea! I love the colour, and there's loads of great small projects I want to do with it!
Handmaiden!! Woo! The colour is totally perfect, the yarn is SO squishy... *drooooooool* what more can I say!

This is the highly coveted Manos del Uruguay yarn, it's just stunning!

And this is undyed laceweight, it's an unusual mix of 70% kamull and 30% tussahsilk.. however it's made in Finland so I need to do some research about it as my Finnish isn't too great!! It's very soft, shiny and lustrous anyway :)

This is a piccie of all the booty :) So I really want to say a really huge thankyou to my spoiler, who is also a mind reader, and an awesome person. *THANKYOUUUUUU!*

Also, as promised, here are my finished WIPs, a skiing hat for OH, and my blue socks which are already well worn!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Dyeing Photos

I should wanr you: This post contains lots of photos and not so much typing! I do have some WIP news - I've knitted a beanie for OH in Tapestry, but it didn't hang around long enough for a photo, I will cath it when I can! My stole's coming on very slowly, blue socks are finished, retro socks started, tiger socks (actually more "tortoiseshell") well under way, and all that and no photos :( when I get home (I'm away just now) I'll take pics of it all! So for now I'll just show you all the dyeing I've been doing! I'm really enjoying it, wish I could do it for a full time job!

Anyway I'll get on with the yarn.

This is Pablo but more purpley this time:

Raven. It's pretty much black, but kind of glows a ridiculously dark red.

Wild Berries. A hideous combination of orange, pink and red, turned from ugly duckling into beautiful swan when I reskeined.

Got the Blues. Not reskeined there.

Hot Chocolate. Subtley variagated brown, essentially.

Wild Fire Merino Roving. Managed not to felt it this time.

Meadow Merino Roving (the name might change if I think of a better one!)

Rainbow Feet.

Suprisingly, looks nicer un-reskeined.

Thor. A classic. Turns out really quite different every time. Looks a bit tweedy perhaps?

And.. oh! That's it! I also have some beautiful exotic laceweight yarn (it's a surprise), but haven't got the knack of dyeing it yet.

I struggled not to buy some of the Mirasol yarn in JL yesterday. My stashalong WILL stay strong. It kind of helps that I'm dyeing all this yarn, it seems to be fulfilling my yarn needs despite it getting posted to other people at some point.