mega-update

The photos kind of suck – sorry about that.

But onward! First the dyeing debacle. I wanted to try varigated sock yarn in all one colour, by not stirring the pot with the yarn in it. So I put in some Copenhagen blue and some regular ol’ Blue, and I heated it up, and added my yarn.

This is what I got:

Mostly blue, yes; but with lots of pink spots. It’s even more evident on the other side of the skein…

The dye broke weirdly, eh? I wasn’t expecting that. I figure I’ll probably knit something up, and if I don’t like the colour I can always over-dye the finished project. But now I’ve got these

…so I can finally break out of the primary-colour mode. I’m going to try and pick up a cheap steamer rack tomorrow and try some hand-painting, then steaming in the Crock-pot.

In knitting, I’m up to my eyes knitting these for Beryl!

As a consequence, my personal knitting productivity has taken somewhat of a dive. But I think I’ve achieved some semblance of balance between the two, so I’m almost done the body of the black raglan. I’m hoping to do the sleeves this weekend – I need wool sweaters, man. I actually only have 3 that I wear, and i can’t wear the Must Have *every* day.

I finished the black cashmere scarf and am still working away on the brioche scarf (which I also need badly), but the pictures were crappy. So more on these later.

Back to the books!

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I had planned to do some dye talk, but the grumperina’s tagged me with a meme that I’m actually going to do! Dyeing and other knitting talk tomorrow.

What is your all-time favourite yarn to knit with?
This was actually really difficult for me. But, since I always go back to it, I think the winner is going to be Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Projects I’ve knit with it: 2 wavy skirts (one for the store and one for me), sideways spencer, cavern cardi…I think there are others, too.
Runners-up:
– Fleece Artist/Handmaiden Silken
– Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb
– Artyarns Ultramerino (okay, I haven’t actually knit with this. But that’s ONLY because I’m trying to restrain myself!)

Your favourite needles?
Denise! Addis are just too slippy and dull-tipped for me (not to mention expensive). And I love, love, love Garnstudio’s bamboo circs, but I think they’re discontinued.

The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
Probably Sonnet from knitty. It was my first sweater, and I used bulky wool/acrylic. Didn’t know a damn thing about seaming, especially setting in sleeves in garter stitch! It was promptly frogged.

Your most favourite knit pattern? (maybe you don’t like wearing it…but it was the most fun to knit)

Hm. Sideways spencer was fun to knit. I wouldn’t do it again, but it was fun.

Most valuable knitting technique?
Laddering down to fix a mistake! And not being afraid to frog.

Best knit book or magazine?
I love Interweave Knits. As for a book, I haven’t really got a favourite one.

Your favorite knit-a-long?
I think I only did one knit-a-long ever, for a kitty hat. I’m not really a KAL-er, although I do like watching from the sidelines.

Your favorite knitblogs?
grumperina, Almost Felted, Yarn Harlot. I read a LOT of blogs though, and there are a few more I’m really into at the moment, especially Whispering Pine and See Eunny Knit.

Your favorite knitwear designer?
I really love Teva Durham’s style and I’ve knit a few of her patterns, but I find most of it’s just too bulky. Other than her, I can’t think of anyone at the moment other than Elizabeth Zimmerman!

The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
No time for a picture right now, but of the sweaters it’s gotta be the Must Have cardigan. I wore it yesterday, as a matter of fact! I also wear my Silken Clapotis a lot too, although it’s getting rather fuzzy.

Tag time!
Let’s see…how about Felicia, Lauren and Dani!

photographic evidence

The first tier of the Koigu skirt is put together, and that hardly took any time at all!

In a bout of startits, I started some Retro Rib socks (juuuust started) with the Shelridge Farm stuff I bought at KW:

…and a brioche stitch scarf out of some super-soft Inca Alpaca – I think in the States it’s called Misti Alpaca Grande, or something like that.

I also finally received my Vera, and a skein of Fleece Artist merino sock in “Renaissance”. And guess what? The Vera’s the same dyelot as mine! The second knee sock has been cast on, after a slight hiccup – I provisionally cast on the actual amount of stiches (instead of half) and only realized after the first agonizing row. D’oh!