Monday, March 16, 2015


I haven't done very much dyeing yet this term. I'm running low on plain white wool! But I did attempt a gradient of blues by weaving a "sock blank" (holding two strands together so as to have two matching skeins) and then dipping it slowly down into blue. I also dipped it into green half-way, and brown a little, thinking that I'd end up with a yarn that went from brown to green to blue to white. But the end of my weaving unravelled, and the yarn didn't really like being over-dyed so quickly. Still, it should make an interesting knit. Since it's mcn (merino/cashmere/nylon) I'm thinking gloves or arm-warmers. The two strands are still held together here; may as well leave them that way, and knit two at a time.

I did a little weaving project, a cowl that was "seaming the ends together" practice. Not too bad, for a first attempt, but weaving isn't as stretchy as knitting, and so it doesn't keep the cold air off your neck so well.

This hat is a top-down one, with a green/blue yarn (Malabrigo Arroyo in Vaa) that I loved, and it has a
turned up hem, for a change. The hem hides the back of the colorwork (which is, I think, a strand of pale blue Pediboo and a thin strand of very fluffy yarn), for fun :)

This hat was hand-spun. Love the simple pattern (Barley) and I think the colors match Byron's eyes. (He says he has "hazel" eyes, and I've always thought they were the same color as his blonde hair, only 3 shades darker with a hint of green.) But I'm not letting him pinch it. After I blocked it with a balloon, it became a soft and slouchy perfect size for me. Must make more of these.

And then, I finally finished the hand-spun scarf. Annoyingly, even though I used the skein that was longer for the warp, I ran out of warp long before I ran out of weft. So I have about 50 or 60g left, and didn't get right to the light blue end.

I find that you can see the gradient of the warp, but you can't easily see which end is lighter and which is darker. Like the regular pattern of Leno Lace, though. It's easy. Zac took this picture for me, to show the length (2.6m, not including the fringe.)

Last but not least, the dreaded Charms OWL, which is over 400 stitches a row, now. I stopped in the middle of this row to show how you actually knit along two sides of the triangle. At the bottom of the "spine" is where you start. You can see the 90 degree angle at the point of the needles here, and also in the color changes and pattern changes along the spine. The sides of my knitting are actually the hypotenuse of the triangle.

Also, this is the end of Chart 6, and 75%. I have a fair way to go in just 2 weeks, but the longer rows go faster than the short ones, and I'm getting the hang of lace, now, with all this practice. I'm going to knuckle down on these next few days off, and see if I can get it done before my next lot of night shift.

As for socks... I still haven't finished last month's black rainbow socks, though I started some more stripey ones. I might have to pull out the dye pots, too, and I'm itching to do some spinning, but don't seem to have time.

Also, NEWT 7 is in Planning Mode. Hehehe. I'm going to do 7 projects, I think, representing the 7 Weasley kids, since it's my 7th NEWT. It's going to include two "Weasley sweaters" (ie. Byron's and Jasmine's birthday jumpers).

1 comment:

kelgell said...

Really like the look of your lacework though it's hard to see scrunched up on needles. I like the colour change though.

The woven scarf looks good too. I like the fading of colour but then I don't know what you intended it to look like. Nice blue as well.

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