Wednesday, May 21, 2008
on the wagon
I've been on a yarn diet because next week I plan to visit Artfibers where I will surely fall off the wagon. So I had to pass on the sale going on at Jimmy Beans, but they've got some nice discounts that are testing my willpower. I came across the sale while searching for Rowan RYC Cashcotton 4 ply which is the yarn called for in the Apr├Ęs Surf Hoodie. Cute sweater, don't you think?

Speaking of sweaters, there's been a nice break from the heat here so I finally started the finishing for my Central Park Hoodie. It's been awhile since I completed the knitting, but I tend to procrastinate when it's time to do all the seaming of pieces and weaving in of yarn. Also, I know when I'm done, I won't be able to wear the sweater for six more months, so I haven't been in much of a hurry. So far, I have weaved in 51 yarn ends...see why I hate finishing? Why so many ends, you ask? There were a lot of knots in a few of the skeins and also not much yardage per skein (Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed). Perhaps that's why it was discontinued and in the bargain bin. More reason for me to stay away from yarn sales!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
oh yeaaah!
Knit Picks Bare superwash merino/nylon fingering weight and the
following flavors of Kool Aid: Black Cherry, Tropical Punch, Cherry,
Pink Lemonade, Orange, Grape, Tamarindo, along with a few drops
of blue and red food coloring that I found in our kitchen cabinet!

Our knitting group had a yarn-dyeing party last weekend and it was a blast! When I got home, I dyed my yarn a few more times and here's how it looks after about 30 packets of Kool Aid. Check out more photos of everyone else's gorgeous yarn on Kelie's blog. You can see me in the fourth photo down - second from the right - as I attempt to pour Kool Aid on my yarn hank with a pitcher. Now I know how hand-dyeing yarn can easily become an addiction!