Sunday, February 12, 2006

Dye adventure

Spent yesterday dyeing, once I'd gone to the post office and picked up my long-overdue parcel of dyes - it was a good afternoon for drying skeins in the garden. Very glad I did it yesterday - woke up this morning to the sounds of cars splashing through puddles and realised it was pouring down. Just for once, my timing was right. Today I'll do some cotton, and dry it over the radiator, but yesterday I dyed this:

The stuff at the back is Rowan R2 paper tape which came in vile yucky colours - I bought three balls of pale grey, three of white and six of pale pink in the £1 bin at Sew Creative sometime last year, on the grounds that it was 100% nylon and would acid-dye. The stuff in the basket at the front is merino; here's a close-up


I had 2 balls of four-ply which will make a great pair of socks... and 6 of DK. There's also one ball of 2-ply laceweight in there...

With all that, not much progress on the Olympic knitting - I did 10 or so rows which isn't that great at this stage of the game when the rows are short. To speed things up I moved it back onto straight needles - really dislike circulars though they'll have their uses when there are too many stitches for the straights. Makes the shawl look like a big exotic moth...

5 comments:

HazelNutcluster said...

I love to see people who appreciate bright colours :) The shawl will be a beauty!

Mary deB said...

Those R2 yarns really were icky, weren't they? Much better now! Those skeins are all just loverly... And the shawl looks great, go team go.

Wibbo said...

The dyeing looks fab, as ever! Shawl looks great; I have this pattern tucked away to do One Day, but I'll probably make the full-size one rather than the shawlette. I wondered how long it would take you to get it back on to straight needles...... Don't know about you, but I haven't really got the hang of circs yet.

TutleyMutley said...

The shawl is looking fab - know what you mean about circ needles though. I like to tuck my right needle under my arm so i can throw the yarn easier. Can't do that so well with circular, although I do like to knit, knit, knit with no purl.

Annarella said...

I've just stumbled upon your entry on dyeing... and I'm so amazed! Such wonderful colours you've got there - that's fantastic, I love them all!!!