Archive - Apr 2007 - Blog entry

April 21st

Andy's picture

Procion dyes

I was recently given a kilo cone of laceweight cotton in purest white. It's screaming out to be dyed, so I bought some Procion MX colours and plan to use two methods: immersion for one solid colour, and painting directly onto the skeins to get some variegation.
Now, can anyone tell me how I go about both of these? I've downloaded info off the net, but each website gives a different approach vis-a-vis adding (or not) soda ash, urea, etc and when to do so.
If anyone has had any personal success with these dyes, HELP! (please)

guycheer4life's picture

next one...

heres the one im making for my b/f :)
its kind of irish-y....we both are from VERY irish descent, plus his favorite color is green *shrug*
i figured, gold goes well with green :)

guycheer4life's picture

blanket anyone?

heres a picture of the first blanket i made :)
its simple. just a double stitch, size 5 hook....

guycheer4life's picture

late holiday

happy late 420 :p
im knitting a green blanket for my boo.....its turning out quite nicely :D i only find time to do it at school, however...so usually during the week is when i get it done lol. ill take a pic and put it up here ASAP!

Aaronknits's picture

Speaking of touching base

It's been quite a while since I posted here too. I've been dealing with so much this winter and spring. A new daily routine that includes being at the gym at 5:30 AM leaves me little time in the day now to spend online. Add to that the endless string of lemons that life keeps throwing at me for which there isn't enough salt and tequila to keep up with (new front window, tree removal, gas tank replacement, a string of other car problems, basement floods, sewer problems, and more) leaves me desperately clinging to what very little sanity and money I have left.

On the bright side, we adopted a new Italian Greyhound. A 1 year old male named Flash. He's very playful, and our Pharaoh Hound absolutely adores him, as do we.

I've still been knitting too, with what little spare time I have. I've been doing some socks. One pair with Trekking XXL and one with Wildfoote yarn and both a very time consuming on size one needles. I only work on them when my fingers feel up to working with such small needles. I picked up a ton of cotton/linen yarn at a $2 sale a few weeks ago that I'm making shopping bags with. And I've made all the pieces of a bunny for my nephew but I still haven't gotten around to assembling them yet.

April 20th

Touching base

Hey guys. It's been a while since I've posted so I thought I'd say hey to all the old and new faces round here. There are some talented new guys around here and I, for one, appreciate seeing what everyone is working on.

I was asked by a friend a couple weeks ago to finish an afghan that his new girlfriend's grandmother started before she passed away. He wants to give it to her for her graduation in a few weeks. He brought me her project and the pattern and I finished it up last night. Just have to weave in the ends and give it a quick wash and it'll be ready. Then I can get back to the candle flame shawl I was working on.

I also got a great deal on some yarn last weekend. I went with a friend to a yard sale and as we were leaving, I looked down into a box and saw the edge of a skein of yarn so I took a look. When I dug everything out from the bottom of the box, there were the following:

8 sk Wool-Ease White Multi (white with irridescent flecks)
4 sk Wool-Ease Hunter Green
5 sk Wool-Ease purple/green/navy multicolor
9 sk Wool-Ease Grey Heather
4 sk Phentex "Chunky" in Porcelain (light grey)
1 sk Lion Brand Chenille in black
3 sk Wool-Ease Tartan Twist (purple/dark turquoise/dark pink multicolor)

Seamus OBrein's picture

april 20th...

happy 420 to all those who celebrate... for those who don't... well... then happy 420 to you as well...

i plan on trying to knit something green today... maybe a tote of some kind...

April 19th

MMario's picture

The unequal flow of time.

I swear - the last 45 minutes of my work day frequently takes about 6 hours to go by; unless of course, I have something that *has* to be finished - in which case the duration of the final 45 minutes is more likely to be 10 minutes or less.

And wasn't it Christmas just a few days ago? How can it possibly be less then two weeks until my Mayfaire gig? And though I am seriously addicted to Renaissance Faires - and even more so to the oppurtunity to perform; I'm resenting the time that prep is taking from my knitting.

Last night I had to print out some inserts and assemble some CD's (just in case someone actually wishes to purchase at the gig) and *didn't get to knit a stitch!*

A horrible feeling. Luckily I can get about 50 stitches done while burning a CD.

April 18th

BronxKnit's picture

the ER

I was sitting in the ER today (a by-product of an overly combative student with more ambition than aim) and ran out of books. I could not find a wireless connection otherwise I would have geeked out and posted a pic of me actually knitting in said ER, so I started knitting. I like having a sock "to go" as it were. When I was called to the room I was able to toss the project down mid row, pick it up in the examining room and then toss it down again upon the doctors arrival.

I like my multi needle knitting in the round for this reason. I have seen sweetie’s sister throw a double round knit behind a couch with a fair amount of force only to pick it back up and start knitting without missing a beat. It was impressive to me at the time (I was not a knitter at that point) and now that I have set needle to yarn even more so. I was called to the examining room and was able to toss down my sock only to pick it up again for another "broken" row waiting for my doctor to show up. As I look at it now (on the futon) it has two needles in the middle of the second needle; not that the preceding makes any sense to anybody who has not knit, but I think you all know of which I speak. I can pick it up and go on with the pattern no problems, the only problem I can foresee is when I wind up doing decreases but by then I hope I can "read" the stitches and tell where I am in regards to the pattern. Of course I don’t really plan on being in the ER that much anymore.

SKHolt's picture

Maryland Wool and Sheep Show

Is anyone going to the Maryland Wool and Sheep Show? I'm going to be taking the train up to DC and having a friend of mine pick me up. We are going to go on Saturday only. Let me know, would be cool to meet some folks for real.

Stan