Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
What have I been doing. Well not a ton of sewing is getting done, maybe a little bit. Rose Hill Yarns. So far I just love to buy her stuff. I can pick it up just on the other side of Leduc.
Friday, May 14, 2021
I am having some colour fun. Mini hanks. I am playing with the colour and yarn to see what I can do. I needed a couple of small ones to go with some others I had dyed already. At least 3 of these are to go with a bigger cakes of yarn.
Your going to laugh at me. I do not like grey. But I dyed a small one at the left end, well I had to add some more colour on it. HA PINK
I am liking this set together. I think it is very garden flower like. I might have to do more soft colours still. All of these have a touch of pink.
Lime is over dyed a bit more blue so not so much yellow. The dark blue is also a over dyed as it was not deep enough yet. The medium blue is an over dye of sprinkles that was not great. Better now. Pink is half hank and just to have more pink. You can never have too much pink.
My experiment with recycled yarn. A few years ago I bought an old sweater at the 2nd hand store to take a part, dye, and reknit. Well I am part way there.
The cakes need to be put into a hank and washed to get the kinks out. But it is getting some where. It is 100 % wool so I am thinking I might use it for mittens or fingerless gloves. Socks would break down too quickly.
Ok Pink is in every photo today.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
My shoes today match my short socks. Love this sea green colour. Of course hand made socks that I also dyed the yarn too.
Another set dyed with the plan for more short socks for summer.
I had fun doing the sprinkles on this yarn. I gave the yarn an all over pale pink and then sprinkled the Yellow, Turquoise. and Pink on the yarn.
Friday, May 7, 2021
So this sock yarn is a self stripping yarn. It was a bit hard to plan what I wanted. It might be a nightmare to sort into a ball. I hope it did not tangle to much. I have many many cotton strings to help keep it sorted. I like using cotton because I can see it. Cotton does not dye well with the acid dyes I use on the wool.
I tried speckles. Well not really happy with it. It is a different yarn and is kind of sparkly like. The undyed parts got very very white as I washed it. It Asperitas from Knomad and has 50% recycled wool and 50% Tencel.
I am thinking I might over dye this and hope it works better. More dye can help these wimpy colours.
This set of minis was also Asperitas and turned out great. It takes the dye well but the speckles do spread. On this set it all works well but not on the white one above.
My order from Knomad, so much fun!
I hope to do some more dying maybe even today.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Sock pair #10 for the year finished!
#9 start and finish for 2021!
I got these done in time for the spring weather. But where is the warm weather. I love this dyed yarn I dyed in early April. I was thinking about beach and cool waters but also the touch of lime. The free pattern is from Ravelry Rose City Rollers but then I changed so many things. I wanted to know how to get the roll at the top. Well it is just knit, I used my reinforced heal that I have been doing. Also I tried Eye of Partridge on the bottom the feet as I get hole there every time. Then I finished it off with my favorite toes. So not sure I followed the pattern much. Very happy with the socks and I have enough to do a second pair. Maybe I will but add something like a different colour heal or toes.
Up next was a big sock repair. The ankle of these socks are what is left of my 1st pair of socks I knitted 18 years ago. I had repaired the foot, toes and heals a few different times. It was time to say good bye. So I reknit from the heal down with new yarn that was at least a good colour match. Pretty good repair. But so cold I have to wear these winter like socks and the short ones.
What is next?
Well I dyed these mini yarns on Sunday night. I just love them. The two colours I need to remake in a larger volume is the Dark Purple and the lime green both near the bottom. I will maybe do others. Like I group of more blues.
But I had to use some right now.
Well the next start! colour strips! in a short sock!
How fun is that?
See Why I need more Purple and Lime. I just had to use them right as quick as I could.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
My Mom, Betty, and I often work on quilts together. These two where done by both of us. My mom did the patchwork and I did the machine quilting. I wanted to give my sister in laws two boys a quilt each. I had given them a baby quilt each but no new ones for years. You can see they are way to big now for baby quilts. They needed small man size at least.
This quilt I had an Oiler fabric (Edmonton's Hockey team) on part of the backing so we did make it more orange and blue. Both boys love hockey and their dad is a hockey nut. Some winter's dad has build a ring in their back yard.
Both quilts were done in time for the birthdays they had in Aug 2020. I am behind showing of stuff from last year when I hardly wrote on my blog.
Dog friends - I have not gone to the herding breed yet, the cattle dog is their dog.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Pansies I love them. How could I not dye some yarn to look like Pansies. I love this yarn. I have used a sock yarn base with some nylon in the yarn. I love all the purples I got in there. Then the shots of yellow and pink.
I have done it into a cake already. This might have to be knitted in to socks soon.
I did this sock yarn too. I kept the repeat a little shorter on this one. I kind of hope the purple might join up when done in socks. We will see.
Now this one is not easy to wrap. It should give me strips in the three colour families. The pink will be repeated between the blue and green. It will be fun to see how it goes. I wish I had kept track of how many repeats are in the one ball.
Also caked up to start anytime now.
I got swishy mail yesterday! My yarn for dying has arrived. I am not sure what I will dye next but I am thinking more flower colours.
Inspiration can be found! I might have to take more photos this year.
Look at the dahlias. I had to buy one of these. Kind of wish I could have a whole garden of them. We will see how it does. About 10 years ago I planted some Dahlias and the bugs yuck. I had crazy black aphid things all over them. I hope they do not show up again. We will see.
Here is my dad also picking out some dahlias for his pots. This is the Best! the first day at the green house! I love that my dad and I got do this together. Turns out last year the 29th of April was also our first day to the green house. It was after 6 weeks of lock down because of Covid. And we still live this covid lockdowns. Not much has changed except we have found a few better ways to live. I got one vaccine so far.
To Garden is to have Hope!
Thursday, April 29, 2021
I got another pair of hand knit sock done. This pair I tried out more knit 2 purl 2 and did it all the way down the front of the foot. They ended up kind of narrow for my feet. So Angelia. my son's girlfriend, got the socks. She was pretty pleased. They look great pulled up over her leggings.
My plan was to wear them with the top turned down for the summer. Or you can pull them all the way up. I love the bands of yellow and darker green that came out.
This is pair # 9 finished this year! I am on a roll!
Here was the yarn after dyeing twice. The first round of dye was Easter egg tables, but it was kind of boring. So in the pot it went again. that is when I added the darker green, mostly by adding blue dye over the paler greens. I did leave a bit of that nice lime green. The blue was sprinkled on touch with dry dye. so very spotty. But I love how it knit up.
The yarn base was Diamond Select Footsie yarn.
Here is the yarn all in a cake. So you can see I had hope it would look better.
Yes I have started another pair! You will have to wait to see what is next!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Wow Sock Pair #8 for the year done.
I dyed this yarn earlier in this winter. My inspiration was Blue Sky and Birch Trees. I was very happy with how they knitted up.
I did the ribbing with Knit 3 Purl 1 and then kept doing that down the top of the foot. They fit nice I am happy with this pair. I also did the reinforced heal and heal cap. I can not say I used a real pattern as they are kind of the vanilla pattern I use all the time. but just changed my ribbing.
I was thinking of socks I could wear over the summer months so I plan to turn the cuff down.
The yarn started out as Lion Brand sock yarn with 75% wool and 25% Nylon.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Wow I love how soft this yarn came out. I can be a little heavy handed with the colour and this time I was hoping to have soft. I think I got Soft! The dyes that I have are Fast Acid dyes from Prochem. The colours I used where Lobster Bisque #339, Lilac # 845, Magenta # 338. I did my favorite casserole dish covered and in the oven for 40 mins.
I used a 100 gram skein of sock yarn with 25% nylon, Diamond Select Footsie. Not sure yet which kind of sock I will knit. Maybe a short sock for summer.
Here is the yarn all caked up, ready to knit.
Then I started on blues with a touch of lime green. The skein on the right has mostly blue with a touch of light lime. I love lime.
I then did the left on because I had the colours mixed up. It has more Yellow to make up all that Green.
Both of these skeins is used colours Brilliant blue 490, sea breeze 408 and sun yellow 119
Here is my mostly Blue one, I am for sure keeping it for me. In fact I have just started to knit it up, only just started so not much to show yet.
The skein with more green is caked up and I gave it to my mom. She knits socks too. So I thought it was a fun colour for summer. She is finishing up some socks for my dad then she can do this for her self.
Here is my blue ball ready to knit. I think I will do short socks for my self. I looked up a free pattern called Rose City Rollers. They are cute. Let you know how they turn out.