Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dyeing is fun and also messy

I bought some Sock Blanks from KnitPicks and some acid dye with the intention of doing some gradated dyeing.

It worked, technically, but not exactly the results I was looking for. I think I put too much dye in, so it's not as gradated as I'd like.

You can see if you look closely that it is somewhat darker at the right end. I was looking for something more obvious. But it's very pretty, so hopefully when it knits up it will come out OK.

I bought another one and some black dye, so we'll see how that goes.

I managed not to spill any, but I did get some turquoise on my fingers, which is just now, 2 days later, starting to come off my hand. All things considered, it could have been much worse.

Enjoy the dancing!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Monk (or, half a monkey)

Monkeys are halfway's hard to photograph black patterned socks, even in daylight.

I'm about to cast on for Stitch Diva's Simple Knitted Bodice in a dark red Cotton Fleece.

I bought some KnitPicks sock blanks and some acid dye, and I'm going to try gradaded dyeing...we'll see how it goes!


Friday, July 11, 2008

Rusted Root a la steek

Here's my Rusted Root cardigan...

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Knit in the round with <3 skeins Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Cotton Ball from The Yarn Lounge. I then made two machine seams down the front and steeked that sucker right in half. Then I tacked down the edges and picked up stitches for the button bands. Last step, although you can't see it - a satin ribbon to cover the edges on the inside.


Monday, July 07, 2008


To Vegas baby!

Balloons at Bellagio

Model of the Bellagio complete with fountain show

Bellagio flower garden

Bill's Gamblin Hall (formerly the Barbary Coast). Not a very exciting picture, but the only one I took outside.

I didn't take many pictures because I've been there a few times and they're all pretty much the same. We stayed at Planet Hollywood, and if you're thinking about staying there, I have one word for you - don't.

I finished up the Earl Grey socks...

And we had 4th of July here in the village.

I also started and finished a Rusted Root cardigan, but no pictures yet. I knit it in the round and then (eek!) steeked it. The edges were pretty ragged since cotton unravels pretty quickly, so I sewed some satin ribbon on the edges of the inside to pretty it up a bit.