Tuesday, August 30, 2005

More fun with Kool-Aid

So, I finished the snow-cone barf Christmas stocking, but I haven't blocked it yet. Hence, no pictures of it. I also finished the navy blue socks for my Dad (after almost completely frogging the first one because of THREE split stitches) and mailed them on time. I'm now working on some socks for my brother out of Tamarind Flavoraid dyed KnitPicks. Ain't it purty????? It really is a lovely rosewood color. That would be 4pks of Flavoraid to 1 skein Wool of the Andes.

I also dyed 2 skeins of Lana today with food coloring and lime juice. Yes, lime juice. My best friend has a BIG aversion to vinegar, so had to get the acid in there somehow. Btw, lime juice really messes with food coloring colors. One of the skeins looked grapish in the dye bath, but dried as fuschia. Not the color I was aiming for. So, I brought it home and overdyed it with straight blue and vinegar and it's now the lovely grape I was aiming for. No pictures yet. The other skein is a light golden yellow, but I had to leave it there. *sigh* It was a 5-year-old's birthday present (along with a knitting loom), so I couldn't exactly steal it.

Projects lined up now are a pair of crotch-gusseted shorties (hopefully) out of the grape Lana, more Christmas stockings, some winter-weight soakers out of some clearance Patons Upcountry, and a felted book bag for Tucker out of all these koolaid dyed skein ends.

Just half a sock left ---- to go in the mail tomorrow!!! (Along with the other 1 1/2 sock)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

First Post!

Oh, this is weird. I'm blogging now. Something I said I'd never do, along with half the other things I've done in this life.

Well, I guess since it's a knitting blog, I better post my UFOs.

First, there's this Christmas stocking for my mother-in-law that is taking forever, what with all the frogging. I just can't get her name to look right. Blah. I'll just duplicate stitch it in afterwards. At least the yarn looks cool. It's in blue and yellow kool-aid dyed Fishermen's Wool. The FW on the left is strawberry koolaid for my SIL's stocking.

Now I know why the aforementioned yarn is so inexpensive. It's full of VEG MATTER. Thank goodness that took the dye as well. Bleh. I'm getting Cascade for the next 5 I have to finish by Christmas.

Presently my hands are taking a beating on some marine Lana that I'm trying to knit my father a pair of birthday slipper-socks with. I forgot - woe is me - that I am allergic to blue wool dye and now my pinkies are all hivey. Poor pinkies.

Oh, yeah, there's also that almost-finished white acrylic baby romper in the knitting basket. One would hope that I could finish it before giving birth to my 2nd baby, but we'll see. Hopefully, it'll make it into the church bazaar in Sept, but man, I hate seaming.