Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Happy Knitterly New Year!
Monday, 29 December 2008
Addicted to scarves!
It has been worn to death, and is starting to look a little tatty around the edges. Noro yarn is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or you hate it. And I am definitely in the former group. I just love the beautiful, vibrant colours, and enjoy seeing how the colour patterns develop. Yes, there are knots, and thin bits and thick bits, but it is magical. I'm currently knitting a Noro Striped Scarf, and the colour changes are keeping me entertained! And I have New Year plans for my stash of Silk Garden. All will be revealed come January 1st!
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Dyeing to have fun!
I started off by soaking the skein in water, with a few drops of washing up liquid added, until it was completely saturated. After squeezing out most of the water, I spread the yarn out on a table, and put bits of cling film underneath. I chose three colours (flavours?!) of Kool Aid - Orange, Lemon-Lime and Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade, and mixed two sachets of each with 150ml of water. Then using a syringe, I applied the dye to the wool, about 10ml at a time, letting it soak right in. Where one colour met another, I used my fingers to blend, so that there wouldn't be a hard line there. When the whole skein had been dyed, I wrapped it up in clingfilm and put it in a plastic box with the lid loosely on, and microwaved it for two minutes at a time on full blast. I did this three times, and the water coming from the yarn was relatively clear. I spread the yarn out to let it cool down, then rinsed it thoroughly, and allowed it to dry. It's pretty bright, but for a first attempt, I'm fairly pleased. I will knit it up into some socks in due course and let you see them!
It will make some very bright socks, just what's needed on these drab winter days!
I've also cast on a couple of new projects - some modified Monkeys (my January socks from Sock Challenge 2009), my Noro striped scarf, and a hat with earflaps using a beautiful yarn from Colinette. I'll update you on their progress later, or check them out on Ravelry.
Friday, 26 December 2008
Boxing Day Madness
On the way home, we followed a trail of footprints......
I think whoever made these was in a hurry to get warm!
It feels absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to cast on!
I have finally finished my 'Haven' scarf. I started knitting it in October when we were on holiday in Kos, but it got overtaken by Christmas knitting. I picked it up again on Christmas Eve, and hey presto, two days later, it's done! It is probably my most favourite scarf at the moment, and I'm looking forward to testing its snuggliness tomorrow, down on the beach. It's huge, and is shedding grey fibres all over my clothes! But I love it. Here's a couple of photos so you can see just how cosy it is .......
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Last minute sprint to the finish line and beyond!
Following yesterday's blog post, I have decided to set myself a challenge for 2009. I have picked out 12 skeins of sock yarn -one for each month - and I am going to knit each pair of socks using a different pattern, rather than the Violet Green sock generator that I usually use. I have a couple of sock books that should prove helpful: Vogue Knitting - the Ultimate Sock Book and Sensational Knitted Socks, so I am hoping to overcome my usual problem with resizing. It was a tricky choice, rummaging in the (large) box of sock yarn, but here's my final twelve:
I shall, no doubt, be making some other knitterly resolutions before January 1st. And I shall report back this time next year on the success of my 2009 Sock Challenge! Watch this space! In the meantime, have a very Happy Christmas, and at least one squishy parcel to open!