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Two self-striping sock yarn colorways are now available in my shop: Fall Colors (with Plum), which is on the left, and Dark Anchorage Autumn on the right.
For eye candy, I included photos of a tote bag I made in July for a fundraiser for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project The colorful designs were created by printing with food onto white fabric. It was a lot of fun and a therapeutic activity on a dark winter day. The wavy red lines at the top of the tote in the last picture were created by edges of (uncooked) lasagne noodles.
As I wind down from dyeing for LYSs, I’ve dyed some yarn from my sadly-neglected etsy shop. I’ve especially enjoyed sprinkle-dyeing, perhaps because the results are always a bit different. It’s impossible to control exactly where the specks of dye will land, and impossible to know which of the specks of moss green will release a little orange, and which specks of lavender will release a little fuchsia.
In some of the skeins, I immersion-dye the yarn first. In one colorway, “Glacier Cruise,” I’ve sprinkled the dye onto a white skein. In my shop, I’ve described the process a bit more in each listing.
The first shot includes Fireweed and Dog Sled Team yarns, hand-painted in the traditional way–well, traditional for me, which involves using a medicine dropper.
I guess “hand-squirted” doesn’t convey the same feeling as “hand-painted,” although no one actually uses a paintbrush.
The final photo shows all the yarn currently available in my shop–the bottom row consisting of self-striping sock yarn.
Perhaps it is more accurately called “trapunto;” nevertheless, it is fascinating to view ancient textiles and see how similar they are to today’s: This quilt is telling a story, just like many quilts that we make.
It is also interesting to see what is DIFFERENT: Check out these socks!
In Iceland, travelers are forced to walk through the duty-free gift shop if they are changing planes. I thought, “If they are making me walk through their store, I am allowed to take a few photos,” and I did.
A jacket I’ve seen before at the Desigual store (in Stockholm this time) caught my eye again, because I really want to make one like it.
I could remove sleeves from a thrift-store jean jacket, add sleeves from a thrift-store sweater, add some applique/embroidery–what do you think? I hope to post my own jacket here later this summer.
Of course I did some knitting–free ravelry pattern “Genmaicha” from Kate Gagnon Osborn. I used my own 50-g. ball of gradient yarn, colorway Blueberry; more is available in my shop. The little skein is what was leftover. Naturally if you started with the blue (instead of the pale green as I did), you would have more blue in the hat.
The hat is knit top-down. You need dpns and a circular of one size (to achieve 7 stitches per inch) and also a circular two sizes smaller for the ribbing. The author gives instructions for making the hat out of different colors of yarn; I just continued on with the same yarn. She also advises binding off with “Jeny’s Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off,” which I did. I found these instructions for making a pom-pom; I made the 4.5 cm. size. I inflated a balloon to a circumference of 20 inches and blocked the hat over it.
I dyed a new self-striping sock colorway today, Silk and Rhinestones, available in my shop. If it’s still November, use coupon code Nov2015 for 10% off this and other in-stock items. I plan to not dye and not blog in December, focusing instead on quilting and other endeavors. Happy Holidays!
I added a new colorway to my shop, Alaskan Rainbow. Use coupon code Nov2015 now through the end of the month for 10% off all items.
My son has just opened an etsy shop featuring DIY kits to create wall art such as the item shown above. He only has a few items in the shop now and will have more in the future.
Happy Post-Thanksgiving Weekend!