Overdyeing Gray Yarn.

I had purchased a sweater quantity of gray yarn for a sweater only to later watch a video that said “DON’T use superwash for sweaters.” And of course the gray I had purchased was superwash.

At first I was upset and very disappointed. Then I decided, I’ll just use it for socks. I used one skein for Hannah’s Heart Socks. They came out great, but how many pairs of gray socks can a person really make? What am I going to do with all this fingering weight superwash gray yarn??

Then this morning it came to me! I have the Girl from the Grocery Store Shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli, which requires two fingering weight yarns, and, as the video states: “DO use superwash for shawls”, I decided to overdye three skeins of gray to use for the shawl.

It’s still wet in these photos, of course I know it’s going to be a bit lighter when it dries. But I think it’s gorgeous! And here’s a side by side:

Right now I’m thinking the turquoise for the main color and gray for the lace. But if the turquoise dries lighter than the gray I’ll switch. I’ll know in a few days.

Meanwhile I’m still waiting for my Cloudborn to get here so I can start my Exploration Station Shawl. I cannot wait.

Now I’m off to work on Gillian’s Sweater for the remainder of the day.

Happy knitting!

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It’s gonna happen!!

I have purchased both the pattern and the yarn to make Stephen West’s Exploration Station Shawl. I have been dying to make this, and it’s on my 2018 list of goals. It was really hard to pick four colors of yarn. Ultimately I have ordered Cloudborn yarn:

I love the Cloudborn Superwash Sock Twist yarn. It’s what I used for my Naomi Jane Socks.

Now that I have ordered the yarn I’m trying not to second-guess my choice of color combination. I’m sure it will look great… I hope. Fingers crossed.

In unrelated news, everything in my Etsy shop is 10% off for the entire month of February. No coupon needed, it’s automatic.

I’ve also completed another pair of socks. They are just my own sock recipe with the heart chart taken from Susan B. Anderson, which is available for free online here.

These were made with Valley Yarns Huntington in Light Gray Heather. As I have said before, I want to try to complete one pair of socks per month this year. So far I’m right on track. I already purchased yarn (bought Patons Kroy sock yarn because I want to try it out) to make my husband his socks in March. I refuse to start a new pair before the 1st, the way I figure, I can cast-on socks every 1st of the month, work on the socks only until they are complete, then use the rest of the month to work on my larger projects or maybe other small projects. We will see how that goes.

Since I have finished Hannah’s Heart Socks for February I am back to working on Gillian’s Flax Sweater.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got 🙂 Enjoy your day! Happy Knitting.

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Naomi Jane Socks.

I am so excited about these socks!! I love them annnnddd… I’m wearing them right now.

These are knit toe-up with an afterthought heel.

I wrote a pattern for these which is available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy. The pattern includes the following sizes:

(foot circumference) Child 5 ½” (6 ½”), Adult 7 ¾” (8 ½”, 9”, 9 ½”)

Since I have finished these I have cast-on a pair of toe-up socks for my 10  year old, which have hearts in them. I am not using a pattern for the socks themselves, but I have modified the heart chart by Susan B. Anderson, which you can find here, so that it works toe-up instead of cuff down. I am also putting two knit rows between each heart instead of one knit row. So far I’ve only gotten through one heart motif:

I don’t like the yarn, it’s very stiff and I’m hoping it softens after washing. I know the hearts will open more after blocking so I am trying not to worry about that right now. But the yarn itself…. super stiff and I don’t like it at all.

I have not made any progress on Hannah’s shawl or my sweaters, or Gillian’s sweater. I seem to be stuck on socks at the moment. Remember my list of 2018 Knitting Goals? Well I have decided to add to that: one pair of socks per month. We’ll see how that goes.

 

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