Thursday, November 16, 2006  

Socks and Yarn

I just couldn't deal with life yesterday, so I stayed home. I've been relatively healthy this semester (knock on wood!), so I haven't missed any classes with colds or anything, so I figured I'd take a mental health day. On the agenda? Finish up some socks and dye some yarn.

First up were S's "boy socks" - I dyed this camo yarn, and I really love how it knit up. And S was so excited to be getting a new pair of socks -

In this picture, you can see a curious phenomenon. See, I split the 440 yards of sock yarn into 2 equal balls. I finished the first sock, and had leftovers of the first ball, so I started on the second, figuring that it would only last me a few inches before I had to get the other half of the yarn. What you see below is how far the yarn stretched - and I wasn't even done yet!!!! How is it that when you have no more yarn, that little bit you have left lasts about 2 inches, whereas if you have an ample supply, you never run out? Is this a slight variation on the "knitting black hole"?

But anyway, all done. I love them, S loves them, and the K2P2 ribbing was EXACTLY what my poor little brain needed (Chaos - you're a genius!) I'm definitely going to try to recreate this colorway. I tried yesterday, but, well, not so successful.

I also finally wove in the ends of my "copper socks" - knit out of the socks that rock yarn I overdyed. I still haven't decided if these are for me, or for a gift.

And finally - yarn dyeing goodness.

Top Row (l-r) - worsted handpaint for hot water bottle cover, 800 yards dk blue faced leicester for a shrug for a gift.
Middle Row - blue faced leicester superwash sock yarn - two shades of autumn and variegated reds.
Bottom Row - more handpainted blue faced leicester superwash sock yarn.

I'm planning on selling some of the handpainted sock yarns. Lord knows that I do not need all of this yarn, but dyeing is so unbelievably addictive that I CAN'T STOP. And the blue faced leicester is AMAZING. So as soon as I decide which of the skeins I want to keep, I'll put the rest up for sale. And speaking of, I added some more commercial sock yarns to my destashing page - link in the sidebar. I'm in a big "de-clutter" mood recently, and since I just got the bill for all of the undyed blue faced leicester yarn AND the new dye colors I, ummmm, "had" to buy, I figured that all of this yummy yarn deserves to go to a better place than my stash drawer. I'm even going so far as to take all of the "for sale" yarn and put it in its own little box so that I can't be tempted to keep it all.

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