Monday, January 23, 2012

Potluck Hanks

For those of you who may be wondering, Potluck Hanks are what I've decided to name certain colorways that are unrepeatable. They are dyed using leftover dyes from previous skeins, so the results are a potluck of dyes! Dyeing this way is just as much fun as creating the dyes for an intended colorway. Only in this process, I never know what's going to come out of my pot...ah...the mystery!

Potluck Dye Pot

Here are two more hanks for our shop, both on the Sofee Sock base, and both are Potluck hanks:

Bing Cherries

Midnight Iris

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Anne Shirley Dyepot

Here are the skeins produced with the dyes from the teaser photo I posted.

We have Lady Cordelia:

on our Sofee Sock base

And Depths of Despair:

on our Blue-te-FuL Sock base

There was another skein to go along with these, but it got snatched up by one of my knitting group members before I got the chance to photograph it!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Taste of Dyepots to Come

Here's a sample of what this week's dyepot results will look like.

I am just thrilled about these vibrant colors. It's taking all my will power to wait until my hanks have properly soaked to get started...just you wait, hanks, just you wait!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

You May Be Wondering....

why we haven't been posting much about actual knitting projects.

My excuse is dyeing and Christmas, and sissy dearest's excuse is she has become a daytime nanny. Both excuses left us little time to knit and/or post about it. In my case, I couldn't post about my projects since they were all going to be presents for my family. Erin still has two extra kids at her house, plus a faulty computer, so I'm not quite sure how often she is going to be able to update the blog....

All that being said, here are pics of the projects I knit for the females in my fam for Christmas:

These are Susie's Reading Mitts in Lana Grossa's Chiara.

The first pair were for my older sister in the colorway #21-Celery. Second pair were for my younger sister in the colorway #01-Fuschia (my name for it since I couldn't find the color name). Third pair were for my mother in the colorway #29-Teal. Fourth pair were for my mother-in-law in the colorway #27-Silver Lilac. Last, a fifth pair were for my grandmother in colorway #28-Silver Fox (again, my name for it). I don't have a decent picture yet of my grandmother's pair yet, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

I knit so many of these, that I had a whole system going for them. I would knit the main body of them on size 8's, knit the thumb on 9's and bind-off the thumb using two size 9's held together. Try as I may with size 10's, I still could not get a thumb BO that would be easy to slide down. Also, I knit fewer rows before the eyelet row on the bottom and fewer rows after the eyelet row on the top for the hem. Otherwise my hem edge ran into the lace section. My other mod was to only knit one row before and after the eyelet row of the lace section. This is an excellent pattern! Super easy and really fast to knit.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January Dyepot - American Classics

Here are the latest updates to our shop.

House of the Rising Sun

Free Bird

These two skeins were inspired by another skein that was finished in December:

Miss American Pie

I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to come up with some color schemes themed on Classic Rock songs?!!" So, these were what my "little gray cells" came up with!

Both were hand painted, one on our BFL base and the second on Sofee Sock. I didn't notice at the conception time of Free Bird, but the colors are identical (or near enough) to the team colors of the University of Alabama! This happens to be my father's favorite team, and I have left-over dye, so.... I am going to dye another skein for my dad and knit him a pair of socks! I love it when things work out like this.