Saturday, March 29, 2014

So much variation in one dye lot!

This morning I gulped down a very big cup of very strong coffee to get the motivation to progress my Beaubourg. The neckline and sleeve shaping of the left side is now done, and after a panic that I'd run out of my current skein just before I cast of she shoulder edge (it was close people, only five inches of tail remain) I made some serious progress. 

What I never noticed until I took this photo though is how different each skein is in colour variation. I've checked the dye lots - all six are the same. I guess I should have alternated skeins at the beginning of every row, but when the pattern asks to slip stitches at the beginning of each, it would've got messy. I'm hoping though that once it's being worn, it will be less noticeable, considering the dye is so varied anyway. Happy with how she's knitting up though - might get most of it done this weekend!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Away for a wedding / crafty time

The lovely bloggy is taking a bit of a back seat at the moment. She's a tad neglected. Life has a habit of getting in the way right now, and quite often recently it's been me choosing sleep over knitting and blogging. So there isn't much in the way of completed projects around here - the same ones are still on the needles, waiting for me to find some time. We did go away for a lovely wedding at the weekend though, and there was a bit of crafty time involved.

There was a bit on the plane.

And in the house we shared with friends - one of which happened to be making the cake.

And there was more as we watched the cyclone roll in.
The weather couldn't dampen our time, and I'm so glad I got a bit of craft in!

Resolution for April - make time for craft!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Derailed dye plans

For what seems like the first weekend in ages, I had some time to chill at home. After a quick brunch with a friend, I figured today was as good a day as any to start dyeing some yarn.

I've had three hanks of undyed chunky yarn sitting in the stash for over two years and I need to do something with it. I figured it would be the perfect yarn for a dye project, so earlier today I went out on a mission to get some supplies. I hit the $2 shops and the supermarket to get some preserving jars, pots, stainless steel bowls and sieves, and rushed home to combine this lot with my alum and frozen mixed berries.

In my excitement though, I totally forgot to get some cream of tartar. I was pretty sure I had some in the pantry, but it appears I may have chucked it out in the most recent house-move. I can't really be bothered walking back down to the shops, so maybe I can get on with the mordanting a bit later in the week. At least I'm almost all prepared now - I'll just work on a bit more of Beaubourg!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Autumn. And a sock to match.

In the middle of the day you can't really tell, but Auckland is starting to wander towards the cooler weather. Last week I started to notice the sun taking a little bit longer to rise. I needed my bathrobe to get out of bed, and a cardigan to wander down to the bus stop. By lunch time all that is forgotten, but later in the evening, when it's starting to get a little bit darker just that little bit earlier, I'm pulling on a cardigan and happy to have a bunch of knitting covering my lap. 

I've always been an autumn gal. Maybe it has something to do with me being born on the last day of the season. I like rugging up warm but still being able to enjoy the fresh air, and I adore the colours that the change brings. 

In summer, I'm not really a sock girl, but in autumn, when I'm staring at all the new boots I want to buy to keep my feet warm, I start craving warm socks. So it's a good thing that I've finally finished one (yes, just one!) of my Rainbow Socks in the yummy Happy Go Knitty self striping yarn.
I'm planning on getting sock two finished before the weather gets much colder. Although I've been saying that for nearly four months!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A berrylicious sock club delivery

I've never done the whole sock club thing before. I always heard about them ages after registration or was too broke to take part. This time it was different. This time I waited until one second past 8pm on registration night to hit send and get a place in the club. Husband thought I was totally mad. I was worse than when he talks to me when I'm trying to count stitches. I don't think he's ever seen me stare so adamantly at a clock before. 

Anyway, this was a little while ago now - potentially when we were in the old house - so I've been waiting very patiently for my sock club parcel to arrive. And today, it did! Thanks very much to the lovely Hannah of Red Riding Hood Yarns, I have the raspberry flavour of her "What's Your Jam?" sock yarn. It also came with a cute sock pattern by Sarah at Sezza Knits, a little craft bag and stitch markers. Oh and chocolate too - but I ate that before I took the photo!

It's a very not-me colour. I'm trying to branch out a bit. I've never been a pink girl (those who've been visiting here a while will know I own three items of pink clothing - dress I wore as a bridesmaid, dress I wore to our engagement party and one top I wear to work on occasion).
I'm hoping though to give pink a bit more of a go. And I'm thinking as a pair of socks, pink could look pretty great. Or maybe I could combine it with another sock yarn and make a shawl. So many possibilities. I think I've changed. It's a little odd.