Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finished Socks

Knitting socks with hand dyed yarn is as compelling as reading a great mystery novel. You just don't know exactly how they will turn out in the end. I'm thrilled with my new socks and will be looking for clothes to go with them. Sock knitters will understand planning your wardrobe with socks as the focal point. It is interesting to note that the teal and purple socks came out somewhat smaller than the other pair. The yarn and pattern is the same , but the time in the dye bath was slightly different. The purple and teal yarn was in the dye bath for a slightly longer period of time and I guess had slightly more shrinkage. It should all work out in the wash.

The funny threads are marking every 5 rows so my socks turn out the same without using a tally or a row counter.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yarn To Dye For

It's been a busy summer. Not a whole lot has been going on knitting wise. Catnip drying and mouse knitting of course, but nothing exciting enough to post .That is until I got a chance to go to Shadeyside Farms and acid dye some sock yarn. It was messy and fun. We laid the skeins out on a plastic covered table and used livestock syringes to space dye the yarn. After that we wrapped the skeins in plastic to preserve the color separation and heated it to set the color. When the skeins cooled , they were brought home, rinsed, washed and dried. I'm working on the purple and turquoise socks now. It's hard to put them down.It's just like reading a good mystery. I can't wait to see how they turn out. There will be no matched pair this time. These skeins were randomly dyed. I can't wait to see how they will turn out. It won't be long!