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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Kool-aid Mini Skeins! on: December 05, 2012 02:43:23 PM
So... I got two pounds(!) of white roving last Christmas.  I was worried about ruining a bunch at a time with a bad dye job, so I tended to work in little batches.  I've since worked up the courage to do larger skeins, which I might post later Tongue

Here's the little ones:

Most were done on the stovetop in a water/vinegar solution.  Some were handpainted and heated in the microwave.  I prefer dyeing the roving and then spinning it (as opposed to dyeing the already spun yarn) because I find thet the colours blend a little more this way.  They're between 10 and 25 yards each, probably about 25g at the most.  I didn't realize how much yarn was really there until I lined them all up for a photo shoot Tongue

A few individual shots:  (I've got closeups of each if anyone wants to see.)

This one is my favourite.  It's the second mini skein I painted into a rainbow gradient.  The first turned out great:

I think using them all in one project would be really cool.  A lot of other ones have already made it into my beekeeper's quilt, but I was looking for something different.  Any ideas?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Jogless Stripes Not Working? on: August 04, 2011 02:26:58 PM
My jogless stripes look like crap.  I'm using the method described here: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/01/jogless-stripes.html for 'stationary jogless stripes'.  Knit row one of the new colour as usual, and then slip the first stitch when knitting the second row.  Right?  

The first time I tried it it was beautiful.  Since then, it's not working.  I'm obviously doing something wrong all of a sudden, but I don't know what.  Any ideas?  Or any recommendations for a better way of doing jogless stripes?  Here's what they're looking like:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks! on: July 25, 2011 05:24:26 PM
I've only been knitting for about a year and a half, so I don't have many socks to my name.  Yet.  All are knitted on size 0 DPNs, using a generic toe-up sock pattern. 

These are the first pair I actually finished.  Superwash merino.  I saw a fingerless gloves pattern on Ravelry that used a similar stripe pattern and was inspired.

And the second pair.  They're a wool/silk/alpaca blend in a gorgeous tweed and are a little tight around the ankle, and a little thick, but the yarn should stretch after a while. 

You can see there how the heel came out too small.   

Then there's the first socks I ever tried...

..and never finished.  But I got one done!  They're for my sister.  Originally meant to be a Slytherin scarf, but the yarn was purchased when I was too much of a newbie to know that sock yarn =/= good scarf yarn.  So Slytherin sock(s) they became.

Although the heel is crappy, they're the comfiest of the three.  I think the orange/red pair is my favourite, though.  My plan is to include cables in the next pair.  Wish me luck. 
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Time Plying, Second Time Spinning on: July 24, 2011 03:34:37 PM
(Yes, I'm a crappy photographer)  

The colours in the first picture are most accurate.  It's 100% merino, and super soft and squishy.  It's not perfect, there are some thick and thin spots, but I adore it anyway.  Especially the colours.  What do you think?  I might make a hat with it, or I might just keep it as is to squish and admire.
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