So it turns out, all I needed was to smack my camera around a bit for it to work. Sigh...I desperately need a new digital camera. My pics suck more than juts in my skills. I blame the Kodak.
Anyway, last week was pretty exciting. Last Sunday, I decided to finally dye the fugly yarn I bought a few years ago.
The old color is on the right. I found a site online that had beautiful, hand-painted yarn for sale. The pictures were fantastic. And instead this fugly yarn arrived at my door. All 1740 yards of it went into a rubbermaid storage box under my bed so it couldn't see the light of day till I figured out what to do with it. In my last Knit Picks order, I bought 2 bottles of burnt orange dye, and last Sunday I had the nerve to actually try my hand at dying. It wasn't that hard. I dyed all six skeins in a few hours. I really like this color too. I salvaged the yarn!
The brown and gold are for the son of a friend. The yarn is Lorna's Laces "Safari", and I was trying to go for this whole textured, basket weave, African look, but I think they look more like Charlie Brown's shirt.
Oh, see my new sock blockers? I love these! I bought them from this ebay seller--very fast shipping btw too..And those are sheep cut out at the top.
I also finished the SKP two weeks ago, but all I have are crappy pictures, so now I know how to work the Kodak, I'll get Seth to take a picture of it sometime this week.
Okay, so all this was last week. Then, I was on a business trip for much of work week, and despite having my laptop with me and my camera and the camera connecting cable--I still didn't blog. But...I did work on one of the second socks, and now I have a pair...
I think it's neat how they came out so different. I knit the one on the left first, and the stripe spacings are pretty even. The second one on the right pooled much more. The stripes are much bigger. The beauty of hand dyed yarn.
Here's some specs:
Yarn: Mountain Color's Bearfoot colorway...uhh...I forget right now. Let's just say pretty.
Needles: US2 Clover Bamboo
Pattern: Mountain Color's Facine Braid. The pattern makes a textured braid, and is fairly easy to remember.
Okay, it's 12:40 something in the morning, and now I've forgotten what else I wanted to blog about.
Oh, right. So my friend Jen, the pregnant one, is having her baby shower this coming Sunday, and I need to work on her gift, so tonight, instead of casting on for the second Charlie Brown sock, I finished the sleeves for a Pea Pod sweater. See the little pea pod leaves?? Awww....soo cute!
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, the same I used for the tennis sweater I knit a few months ago. I really do like this yarn. Despite the splitting I keep having (funny, I didn't have much splitting on the tennis sweater), it makes a nice fabric.
These pictures suck, okay? Elann calls this color strawberry, but it looks like the Fuchsia I used for that tennis sweater. Oh yeah, I bought the yarn last week when Elann was selling Cotton Cashmere for $3.20 a skein, or some ridiculously small amount like that. The pattern so far is okay...I'm a bit leery of the body construction, only because I won't have much time to lull things over before it needs to be done.
I also have the yarn for the sheepy baby dress from the last post, but...I'm keeping that one for my baby hope chest. I think it's so darling, I can't make two. Do people still have hope chests anymore?? My luck we'd have all boys....this is a possiblity, there are no women on Seth's paternal side of the family.
Okay, that's all I have. Next time, SKP pictures. Oh wait! Here's a picture of poor Lucie. I have to rip back 4 rows--I forgot about the waist shaping. After this baby sweater, Lucie will be full time.