Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cleansing, gardening, and knitting

Long time, no blog!  After weeks (and weeks and weeks) of rain, I have been able to plant a beautiful square-foot garden.  I wish I could show you some pictures but I no longer have a camera.  Horrible, I know.  I will have to do something about that.  
Anyway, I have also been on the Master Cleanse this month.  I am on day 15 right now.  I have been feeling incredibly great, walking everyday and doing lots of outside work.  Yesterday, I must have been having a serious detox day because I got a painful headache.  I feel much better today and plan to cleanse until I run out of maple syrup which will probably be next Monday. Love the cleanse!!!
Soon-to-be mittens with over-dyed Nashua Julia
Here is a picture of some more yarn that I have dyed.  Again, I seem to be stuck in an orange phase and green is my all-time favorite.  You can't see the pattern too well in this pic, but it is from the Knitting Calendar 2007.  Tweedy Mittens.  I just finished the first one while waiting in the dentist's office (6 kids, 6-month check-ups.  I get a lot of knitting done at the dentist's).  Unfortunately, I can't show you the mitten.  No camera!
Blessed Day to you all!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Hi, all!  Not too much going on here.  My nephew got married yesterday in Texas but we didn't go because we're too poor.  Sad face.  But we are very happy for them and wish them every happiness!
Clearly I am not getting much knitting done as I am still dyeing yarn like crazy.  I am also being distracted from my knitting by graduation parties.  Not a bad way to be distracted, though!
This is a yarn that I bought from a little independent farm called Hideaway Homestead.  I dyed it with the colors from the Winter Sample Pack from Pro Chem and Dye.
Have a blessed day!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hand Painting without the Painting

Hi!  We are still in the last-week-of-school craziness here, but I managed to do a little dyeing anyway!  I thought I'd show you how I "paint" little portions of the skein without "painting."  My comfort zone in dyeing is still immersion.  I know it's slower but I feel like I can do other things at the same time, I don't make such a mess and the color-saturation is better (I think).  So rather than get out yards of plastic wrap, put all the leaves in my dining room table and paint each section of yarn, I wrap the skein around a cookie rack and immerse the sections that I am dyeing.  Obviously, if I am dyeing longer sections, I don't have to bother with the cookie rack.
Franklin Natural being dyed with Jet Black, Mallard, Raspberry, and Key Lime
This particular self-striping pattern is from Yarns to Dye For by Kathleen Taylor (using my own color choices).  I like her ideas a lot.  It will be striped with a "fair isle" section, what is sometimes called Jacquard, I think.  That's what I used the cookie rack for.
It has crazy lots of yardage and from what I hear from fellow Ravelry dyers, it washes and wears well.  A one-pound cone has enough yarn for four and a half pairs of socks (depending on how much you use for a sock.  I use about 360 yards per pair), and it costs less than twenty dollars.  A yarn-dyers dream come true!
Here is the finished product:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Begins

Hello!  The summer holiday begins this week for most of my kids.  Those who have "self-paced" classes are still finishing them.  Evidently self-paced for my kids is slow-paced (or no-paced).
I ordered a few more colors from Pro Chemical and Dye and they arrived this week!  I admired a pair of socks that a knitter/dyer had made and posted on Ravelry.  She had used a "sock blank" which is an already-knit rectangle of yarn that you dye and then unravel as you knit your socks.  I haven't tried the sock blank, but I attempted to achieve the same result with immersion dying.  This other knitter had a sock that alternated rows of black with pastel rows.  So this is what I did:
Lang Jawoll Over-Dyed with Jet Black,Watermelon, Spearmint, Turquoise, and Lilac.
You'll have to wait ages to see it as a sock because I already have so many pairs of socks in progress!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Very Own

Hello, All!
I have a picture of a sock that I've been knitting with my very own hand-dyed sock yarn:
This is the Chevron pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks.  Modeled by my very own Sarah in the dentist's waiting room this morning.
Thought I'd share something spiritual since it's been a while since I have done so:  
"Be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never forsake you or abandon you'." (Heb 13:5)
Great one!