Saturday, December 30, 2006

Dye! Dye! Dye!

So the other week at one of the local thrift shops I found a lovely bulky pale lime green wool sleeveless sweater. That was made in Uruguay. And it begged me to save it from a life of tedious sleeveless sweater syndrome. So I did. I frogged it a few nights ago and ended up with roughly 255 useable yards of pale lime green bulky (ok, it's more of a thick & thin, ranging from worsted to super-bulky) single ply 100% wool. From Uruguay.

Pale lime green is *not* my color. I had considered overdyeing it something in an olive green and black, but well, Kool-Aid doesn't come in olive green or black (but it should). I happened to have grape, black cherry and strawberry (as well as a few others) in the cupboard though, so I decided to use them all mixed together.

Interestingly, when the yarn went into the Kool-Aid the pale lime green instantly disappeared, leaving behind very pale yellow yarn. And here I was worried that it'd come out mucky because of the pale lime green base (why yes, I am having fun emphasizing the color here). It did end up a mucky purple though, but that's probably due to the Kool-Aid to water to yarn ratio. So I left it in the pot overnight, thinking I'd run out and get more Kool-Aid the next day. But the next day I remembered the Wilton's that I have (two four-packs of colors, one in a Winnie the Pooh assortment - egad, it's almost 10 years old now - and one in a Powerpuff Girls assortment). I mixed varied amounts of reds and blues and pinks and other blues together in three different mason jars with water and white vinegar and attempted painting the yarn on saran wrap, but it just made a mess of muck. So I dumped the whole thing back into the pot and randomly dumped the diluted colors into the pot and well... the result is above. What started out as pale lime green is now a lovely mix of pinks (still not my color), reds, and deep blue-purples. I *love* the end result. And now need to find the perfect felted bowl pattern for this yarn.

Next dye project... merino roving (eep... I've heard merino is tricky to spin, and I've only done spinning once before but this is all I have at the moment). Chris is at the store searching for more Kool-Aid for me right now. :)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Hopping on the KFYS bandwagon...

I decided to do it. I don't know that I'll succeed, but I'm giving it a shot anyway.

I am, of course, talking about Knit From Your Stash 2007. The official rules:

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

My additions:

5. Recycled yarn from thrift shop sweaters does NOT count. Afterall, it's a sweater that you bought, not yarn. Right? ;)

6. Yarn for Chris's TBD sweater does NOT count either. Because I know he wants a sweater, but I don't yet know what sweater, nor do I have that much yarn in my stash.

I do have enough yarn in the stash for two sweaters for myself, possibly three if I ever decide what to do with the recycled GAP sweaters that the yarn doesn't perfectly match from (both black, both cotton/acrylic blends, both same weight, but one's 8 ply and the other's 4 ply - mind you, in the striped swatch the difference was almost negligible, other than the slight color shift, so the end result would need a bit of a dye bath to remedy that as well).

I also have sock yarn enough for three pairs, DK yarn for two or three pairs of Knucks, several hats worth of yarn, and enough Simply Soft for either that blanket for Sage or a ton of stuffed critters. Plus specific stuffed critter yarn. And Sage sweater yarn. And Harley sweater yarn.

7. Because I almost forgot - expanding on rule #3 - gifted yarn/yarn bought for me or by me with gift certificates does NOT count. Same goes with yarn bought with store credit. Yarn that I've swapped for also does NOT count.

I think that's enough additional rules. ;)

Will I make it to the end of September? Unlikely. But if I do all the projects I have planned I should come close I think.

The dishcloths are done, man!

31 done to date, the KAL is still going for a little while and I might tack a few more on this week, but the ones I needed to finish for Christmas are done.

Can't post this in the KAL blog right now since the KAL owner switched to the new Blogger and I don't yet have the option to switch.

Next up... finish the elephant.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

just because...

I've not been posting much in the way of photos (or anything else really), so my four most recently finished Fos:

(clickable to a larger version)

I am up to 27 dishcloths completed for the KAL, will be four more before the end of the week because I need to get the SILs dishcloths done. And then I shall finish the elephant. He is looking very sad and forlorn, though I suppose without a head it's rather hard to look any particular emotion, isn't it?

And when the elephant is done... Rogue! Or the SKB! I've not decided which to do first yet. Possibly Rogue since I have yet to buy the SKB pattern.

In closing, sinus infections, especially when you have no antibiotics or access to them, suck hardcore.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Winter Knitty

The Winter Knitty is up today and there are a *ton* of patterns this issue! My thoughts on a pattern by pattern basis:

Center Square - cute, but I'd never make or wear it.

Calorimetry - I'd like it more if it was in a solid yarn, and if I'd not just had a very, very big chunk of my hair hacked off (it went from a good 5" or more below my shoulders to um... my chin. I am still in mourning. WTF was I thinking?!).

Hexed - I like Lamb's Pride fine... for felting. I don't ever intend to wear a garment made of it, though. And even if this was in a different yarn, it's not somehting I'd wear. Ever.

Antifreeze - I am very tempted to make one omitting the strap holes - Chris has been wanting a balaclava for ages and this is essentially one. But I like the short row shaping. So it's a maybe for him for one day in the future.

Binary - I *love* this. And I am so not a scarf person. Or a binary code geek. But this... love it. I wish I had someone to knit it for. Heh... there's the one ex who's a computer programmer, but um, well, how the hell would I explain knitting a scarf for an ex I haven't seen in more than 10 years (though very recently started talking to again)? If ever I did make it... it sure wouldn't be in Red Heart though. *shudder*

Argosy - again, I am not a scarf person, but this is lovely.

Corazon - not a mitten person either. And I'm scared of fair isle. But they are cute.

Tiffany - see above comment.

Legwarmer socks - nope. Sorry. Can't do it.

Rolling thunder - pretty, not something I'd ever make or wear though.

Monkey - with a name like Monkey I was hoping for bananas or something. Alas, I don't particularly like lace socks. But they are ok.

Eiffel - I'm not really a fan of lace in general, but I *love* this sweater. Especially that it uses hemp yarn. Might consider it in the future, possibly doing a modified version of all ribbing without the lace at the bottom.

Lauren - not a fan of this one.

Emerald - like it, would never wear it. Maybe for my mom, I can picture her in it.

Twinkletoes - very cute. I'd not wear them, but I love that they come in children's sizes too, and I can totally picture both Sage and Harley wearing these.

Spanish dancer - pretty, but it'd be blah in any other yarn I think. And um... Claudia hand painted yarns are nowhere near within my budget. Not that I'd wear it anyway so it really doesn't matter too much I think.

Slingshot - cute. I don't drink coffee, and if I did it wouldn't be in a paper cup, and I wouldn't be carrying it around if it was. So not something I'd ever need or want, but I can see it being practical for some.

Baba - not a skater. And I wonder just how sturdy they would be. Whatever.

Venezia - beautiful. I don't have a need or desire for napkin rings, though I could totally see this being made larger for a bangle bracelet.

Brown bag - dear god, why is there a sticker on that apple? Please take it off. Anyway, cute, and yay for young designers, but not something I need/want.

Starsky jr. - wasn't really a fan of the original, but this is cute. Might show it to Harley. And she might like it. Or she might hate it. It's hard to tell with her.

Blended hues - cute, nothing out of the ordinary though. And I'd rather use one single strand of heavier yarn as opposed to triple-stranded laceweight.

Piggie - I have mixed feelings on this. It's cute yet at the same time it's too cute.

Norberta - Sage walked into the room while I was looking at Norberta and declaired that she must have one. Pattern's already printed out. Will most likely be yarn subbing, though. Once I decide what yarn to use. Might involve a trip to the store. But it can wait until after the holiday knitting is finished. Norberta is awesome. Will have to make one for Harley as well. Not a problem, though.

Sheldon - she also wants Sheldon. Of course. And I don't blame her. He's freaking adorable.

The Book of Knitty - too, too cute. If Sage was younger I'd make it for her. Eventually. Alas, I think she prefers the stuffed critters to the knitted book of knitted things. But it's very cute.

So... all in all, a lot of nice patterns, only one absolute definite addition on the to-make list (Norberta), but a few others to consider for the future as well.

And this is a very, very long post.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

knitting randomness

I am really disliking this getting dark insanely early stuff. No time to photograph anything in decent light anymore. And I've never been a fan of flash photography.

So I am working away on the knitted elephant for my mom for Christmas (slightly adapting the elephant from World of Knitted Toys, my mom dislikes elephants with their trunks down, so the trunk should in theory be the only major modification, though I am not using DK weight yarn as called for, but I am using the same size needles for extra dense, hole free fabric). And I have the entirety of one side done. And I was working on the otherside earlier today. When I saw a "work for 9 rows" that I totally missed on the first side. And it is a big chunk of the way down the side. But that's ok because I missed a "work for 3 rows" further up the same side.

Side number two is nearing completion, at which time I will frog side number one back to where I need to add all those extra rows and all will be right in the world of knitted elephants.

My sister is not getting a hat to match her Fetchings, as I rather disliked how it was knitting up so I frogged it and decided she's getting Fetchings only and if she wants a hat or headband she can get one a few weeks late.

And I also frogged the 22nd dishcloth I made that I disliked terribly. The pattern (basic bamboo one) annoyed me to no end, it took forever to do, and it leaned horridly. Ick. It is not becoming part of another ballband and when it is finished (it's at the halfway point right now) I then have oh... at least 12 more to do before Christmas for Chris's sisters. Eek.