Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dyeing by book


Take a look at this book I just got in the mail!
We are talking one awesome book! Loaded with pictures, dye tips and patterns! The author talks about food coloring, Ashford, Kiton, Jacquard, Washfast dyes. She interviews major players in the hand dyeing world, with tons of pictures, presents patterns, shows you how to dye the yarn for those patterns, etc. If you don't want to dye your yarn, she gives you the commercial equivalent. You could order from Amazon or Knit Picks to get a good deal, but if you don't want to do that, it's worth paying full price. And I'm cheap.

I'm having a lazy day today. Hubbo rides in the local rescue squad, and it's his turn to ride today. So I'm a free agent. What to do with all that lovely time? I think I'll go to Michael's and buy some crafting supplies for Miss P. That's her Chanukah present: a box of crafting goodies. 5 year olds love this kind of stuff, and it lends itself to good mommy-daughter time. Plus, when I go out there, I'll have something to do with her. Not that that's ever an issue; Miss P manages to monopolize my time anyhow. And she's a lot of fun. Full of mischief, bright, and imaginative. What a kid. But then, all 4 of them are delightful. But I only get to see Miss P occasionally. She's just told her parents to go away for a while so that we can play together, just us.

I want to post a freebie sock pattern on this site, so I'm happily knitting one up. Knitting with variegated yarn is often a challenge: you don't want to do stockinette, but you don't want either the yarn or the pattern to be lost in all those colors. I have a few patterns that are standbys for this kind of yarn. And this is my favorite one. It's so easy to memorize, and it works on any kind of busy yarn. This is as far as I've gotten in my knitting.




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Sharon said...

See, you aren't clueless at all! Yes, this works perfectly. And I'm looking forward to seeing your sock pattern. It is hard to do a pattern with variegated yarn.

Jen said...

I love the pattern! I think it looks great with the yarn! I have been working on a pattern for my blog too! Of course, I have been working on it for months and have not finished yet. :)

Have a great weekend!

Squeaky said...

I adore the yarn you've chosen for the socks. It's super cute!

Ruth said...

Squeaky,
I dyed this a couple of months ago, and I made it a short skein . I'll have enough yarn for my size 6 foot with not a lot leftover. I'm no longer dyeing short skeins for me. It's a silly waste.
Glad you liked the yarn; I'm going to try to reproduce it.

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