Thursday, March 30, 2006

Kool Aid dyed socks revisited

After wearing these around the house in their bright green version, I knew I'd probably only wear them on St. Patrick's Day and that was just not okay with me. I'd dyed them, then made the first sock and was not happy with the open rib placement on the instep and ripped it back to before the heel. I really like the way the socks feel and the lacy ribbing. Too much to just wear every now and then.

I bought 3 envelopes each of black cherry and grape. These are the darkest I could find. Nuked for 3 minutes and they were looking decidely purple. Not bad, but I already have some purple I had dyed. I still had 3 envelopes of lime green. Threw that into the mix. I figured if I put in all the colors, I'd end up with a brown. A bit reddish, but definitely in the brown family. The rich dark color shows off the lacy rib better, too.

As an aside, it's amazing how much of the Kool Aid these socks sucked up. I initially used 3 envelopes of light green. In my 2 subsequent dyeing episodes, I used 15 more. Through it all, I ended up with clear water and no running of color when I had washed them. 18 envelopes of Kool Aid cost almost as much as the Knitpicks yarn.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Finally finished the celery green socks, then used the blue Kool Aid I had on hand to dye them again. The blues I had were more of a turquoise, so the result was a more vibrant green. I like these much better now.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Decadently happy feet

These may look like run of the mill crew style socks, but oh boy, these are truly special. Can toes have orgasms?

I've been teaching a sock knitting class at The Bonita Knitting Store. We are using this Alpaca With a Twist worsted weight yarn for the 'class sock'. It's a baby alpaca and silk blend. As I'm working with the class, this stuff feels so good. I'm valiantly trying to resist getting any, since my stash can support 100 pair of socks. But you know my will power sucks, 'cause if I had any, I'd still be a size 8.

Since the yarn's not cheap and comes in 72 yard hanks, I made these toe up to use every bit of what I had. One skein got me to about 2 inches into the ribbing. I worked both at the same time on separate sets of double points, going from the inside and outside of the 3rd skein to finish the leg. I ended up going up a needle size as the cuff got longer than I expected - 9 1/2 inches. Used Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn cast off.

THEN I PUT THEM ON. Ahhhhhhhh. What a sensual delight. EVERYONE should have at least one pair of totally decadent socks. I'll be saving these for evenings of TV watching and knitting. I never want them to wear out.

On the knitting list, I saw where someone was looking for a special something for hospitalized friend that was quick to make. These fly off the needles and will tell whoever you gift them to how much you care for them.

I'm an entrepreneur

My sewn roll for double point needle storage is a hit! My LYS has placed an initial order and understandingly isn't in a rush because of the upcoming wedding.

But working the needle rolls is way more fun than drapes!

I'm pre washing my fabrics as we speak.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Then there was one. Finished the last pair of Sockotta socks I had on the needles - that is not to say I don't have any more Sockotta, just none in progress. That leaves me with just one sock in progress! I'm about 2 inches into the 2nd sock of the last pair. Then I can start playing with different colors. I'm thinking Opal....

I did the cuff of these in an alternating 2x2 rib from Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks, but even when I tried taking a close up shot, you can't really see the stitch definition with the dark color way.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Yay! Another Sockotta pair done. Overall, this is my 51st sock since I started 3 years ago. OTN, one more in Sockotta and the chartruese merino.

Sewing Guild community service project. We'll be giving these to law enforcement to give to traumatized kids. The teddy with the knitted scarf is my favorite.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I was being lazy when I bought a Circular Solution (peeking out) for my 46 circular needles. But I still had my Addi turbo flex needles hanging from my cardboard contraption. Now they are in an even cuter holder.

Innards view of sock needle roll. Sizes 0000 to 6, including the Addi in betweens of sizes 1 and 2.

It's a mini me needle roll. I finally took out the sewing machines to do some much needed household items and a Sewing Guild project. But FIRST had to play around with needle holders. I used a left over remnant to make a roll for my sock double points.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

First class

Whew! My first time out as a knitting instructor is over. Seemed to have gone relatively well. So far, the class is on track and I'm now optimistic we will complete the sock by the end of the month.

Yesterday we cast on DPNs, worked in the round for a bit, then practiced the heel stitch. We meet again in 2 weeks. Their homework is to complete the leg and heel flap. Next hour will be turning the heel and starting the gusset with homework being finish gusset and complete foot. The last session will be toe decreases and weaving toe closed.

I am quite pleased the students really are intermediate knitters and most have gotten over their awkwardness with the double points.

But I had to reluctantly set aside the knitting needles and break out the sewing machines. I got 40 yards of fabric on Saturday for the living room and dining room drapes. That's just the biggest project that MUST be completed in March. April is dedicated to figuring out how to clothe the mother of the bride.