Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dye Day Zone: color and books

Part of what I like about dyeing here in my makeshift dye studio in the second half of my garage is setting up my IPhone speaker deck.
I listen to audible books.  Right now I am loving the readers at Audible Books.  I am a big fan of Phillipa Gregory's historical novels.  I have read about five.  Most noted by her is The Other Boleyn Girl.  Yesterday I finished The Red Queen, about Lady Margaret, the mother of Henry VII.  Bianca Amado made it come alive with her reading.  Of course, you can get the book at Amazon.  I read the first four.

I was so into the book that I only took one photo.  Even then I didn't remember to take pic before I sealed sock blank in plastic wrap.   I am excited to do black on socks for first time.

Now I am reading/listening to Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  It's been recommended my numerous friends.  So far, it holds my attention.

Back to the dyeing:  First off I dyed some larger eight ounce BFL superwash rovings.  Here is my version of Cornflowers on the drying rack this morning.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's a Wrap!

Sorry, I couldn't resist the flimsy pun.  My Wrap-Me-Shawl/Scarf is finally finished.  I blogged about it way back on August 28.  The finished piece really can double as a light shawl or a substantial scarf.  I used Chris de Longpre's addendum for converting shawl into scarf.  It ate yarn.  I used about three and a half skeins of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn in two colorways and then a solid mocha sock yarn and a coffee sock yarn.  I would guess about 1500 yards of fiber knit on #4 needles.  I LOVED knitting this thing.  Every block was an adventure.  I really didn't want it to end.

My KnitPicks add-on needles really saved the day when I was knitting the garter stitch on the long edge.  Here it is in full length.  Wish it were a bit straighter but won't matter when it's on.

Added this last block of wager welt pattern  per Chris's suggestion for a scarf. Then added my own touch of a random bobble band.  I loved doing the picot edge.

 The multi-directional piece in the upper right top is knitted separately and then attached with the 3-needle bind off.  Best to do this with a needle several sizes larger to keep the flexibility in the scarf.

 Having the ruffle running through vertically adds such a whimsical touch.
I am already planning my next one.  Wonder if I have enough handspun of the same weight to give that a try?  Off to check my growing/groaning stash!

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