Published May 31, 2007
Dyeing , My store
I have managed to get my hands on Louet Gems Merino in fingering weight as my base yarn for my etsy store. I am very happy about this, since it is such a high quality yarn. It is soft and has a tight but well balanced twist.
I will put the yarn up in 4oz skeins with 430yds., which will give you a little bit more yardage compared to the usual 50g skeins. The recommended needle size is 2.5 – 3mm and the gauge is 6 – 8 stitches per inch.
I hope, you will like it as much as I do and, as always, let me know, if you would like to have a special colourway!
And just in case you wondered about where I get my inspirations from, I can give you an example (as weird as this might be): I had a dream the other night about visiting somebody at his new condo. He was very proud of the fabrics that decorated his rooms. Behind one curtain there was a a guest bed hidden. The fabric had this wonderful deep orange colour with hints of lighter orange and yellow. When I woke up, I decided to dye some yarn in these colours and named it Curtain Call. ( Yes, it is a strange story. I do not even know, who this guy was…..)
Published May 23, 2007
Many people have these pretty stitch markers made out of beads and jump rings. I got some, too. But I just can’t seem to get the hang of them. First of all, I have a hard time finding them. They always slip to the bottom of things and hiding there, be it in my knitting bag or on my couch. I think that is, because they are quite heavy compared to their size.
I have also had problems with yarn getting caught in the rings. Maybe I am a Klutz, but they also fall easily off my needles and then the searching starts over.
I much prefer to use mini hair elastics. First of all, who cares if you lose one (as long as it was not your last one). Second of all they are smooth. And thirdly you can leave them in and cut them out, when you are done. I love to do this in order to keep track of my increases or decreases. I let them drop onto the stitch I am decreasing and keep knitting. Later it is so easy to see, if I have done the required number of decreases. I have to admit though, that they are not that pretty….
The yarn above is French Toast, which I have put in the store today. Yummy!
Published May 22, 2007
Last night I finished one sock! Yeah! ( Ok, I get very little knitting done these days.)
It is the colourway “River Country” and the yarn is the Treadsoft yarn. I have knit it with 2mm needles. I could have gone one size up, but I like my Knitpicks dpns. The problem is, I have only this size….
The pattern is a simple 2×2 rib with a an eye-of-partridge heel. The toe decreases are done the way I have described here.
Published May 21, 2007
I have put this new colourway in the store today. I named it for those cute little flowers called Johnny Jump Up.
There are also 2 skeins of Pink Zebra still drying. ( We have had a lot of rain again…) I might leave those for tomorrow.
I feel pretty optimistic right now, that I’ll get more dyeing done in the next few days. So let me know, if there is anything you would like to see.
Published May 20, 2007
Life in general , Papercraft
I had so many things on my plate last week, that I did not manage to dye any yarn. I know. I am disappointed, too.
Things have changed however and there will be an update tomorrow!
P had 5 friends over yesterday and we all went to see Shrek 3 together. I really enjoyed it. There was even some Bra burning (it was very brief)!
I even managed to knit on my River Country socks before the Movie started and got another 9 y/o interested in knitting.
These are the party favours my daughter handed out at the end. My son and daughter made them all by themselves and I think they turned out very cute. Inside is a package of Sunflower seeds, a fancy pencil and some candy. My daughter loves gardening and I had hoped to spread the joy a bit!
Happy Sunday, everyone!