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    Archive for the ‘Hand Dyed Yarn’ Category

    A Few New Things.

    Posted by twit2knit on April 20, 2011

    I finished my Shalom cardigan, the pattern is by Meghan McFarlane and can be found here. I used  roughly 3 balls of  Elle Pure Gold Chunky in colourway 50 (blue) and 7mm needles. It was a very quick knit and the pattern is so easy to follow and/or adjust.

    I took a while to find the right buttons, I eventually got them from a shop on  Ebay called Textile Garden.

    I also made myself a new shawl, Zetor Scarf by Jatta Saukko. I had some sock yarn I’d dyed a while ago but was a bit ambivilent about the colour, this is what it looked like in the beginning:

    I wanted something with a bit more depth to the colour, so I over-dyed using Procion dye in deep purple ( I will get better pictures tomorrow) I adore the new colour, it’s now deep purple and wine.

    I used 4.5mm(US7)needles. The pattern was easy to follow and quick to knit up. The only problem is that the instructions don’t say how to bind off. After just binding off loosly I found there wasn’t enough give to get the points I wanted so I’m going to unpick the bind off. I’ll then use the lacy bind off, for those that don’t know it here you are:

    K2, *insert LH needle through front of two sts on RH needle and k them together, K1, rep from *

    Hope that helps.


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    New Socks

    Posted by twit2knit on May 7, 2009

    I hand dyed some yarn a while ago (details can be found here) and it has finally become a pair of socks.

    Again I used the Violet Green customised sock pattern as they fit like a dream on my small feet.

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    Violet Green Socks

    Posted by twit2knit on January 19, 2009

    I finished another pair of socks yesterday, I used the yarn I dyed for the February DAL details can be found here.

    They fit wonderfully, Violet Green’s sock calculator pattern works like a charm and so fast to knit. I used 4ply sock yarn with 2.5mm DPNs made to fit a UK size 3 shoe. I’ll have to ask Kevin if he can make me a sock blocker in that size.

    Then of course because I had nothing to mindlessly knit whilst watching the TV I just had to cast on another pair of socks (can we say ‘new obsession’?). This time I used the new yarn I dyed, the Limed Carnation (pink & green) and the same pattern.I hope to eventually have enough hand knit socks to last a fortnight 🙂 They’re just so much nicer/better than shop bought.

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    February DAL (Dye-a-long)

    Posted by twit2knit on January 17, 2009

    They say patiance is a virtue, well I never claimed to be virtuous. There was mention of a DAL on Ravelry for February, the theme: Passionate Pink.

    So, I ordered some dyes (Kool Aid and Procion MX) and a skein of yarn from DT Craft & Design. As usual their service is wonderful and my yarn and dyes arrived the next day.

    Not being able to wait until February I had to have a play, well I’ve never used Procion MX before and dyeing is just too much fun not to mess around with it.

    My base yarn is 75% Blue Faced Leicester/25% Nylon sock yarn and I used 2 sachets of Kool Aid Lemon-Lime and a quarter teaspoon of Procion MX dye powder in Brilliant Pink. I used the dip dye and microwave method.
    I’m really pleased with how well the Procion MX dye worked, gave a good colour saturation throughout the skein.

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    Posted by twit2knit on January 6, 2009

    Well (cough), remeber that resolution I was pratteling on about the other day? Yes, yes the one where I don’t cast on anything new unless I finish 2 WIPs.

    Well, err, I kind of broke it already. Okay, I didn’t break it as much as I threw it on the ground and stomped all over it.

    On Saturday (3rd January) I cast on for the Back To School U neck Vest by Stefanie Japel from Fitted Knits, I justified this by telling myse
    lf that I had just finished two jumpers and a pair of fingerless gloves.I’m using King Cole Fashion Aran in colour 162 Heather, that I got from Abakhan in Manchester and I’m using my Harmony options size 4.5mm and 3.75mm.

    But then yesterday I decided I’d do a DAL (dye-a-long) that I found on Ravelry, the theme January Blues. I got out my one last undyed hank of BFL/Nylon sock yarn and set to dying.
    I used 1 sachet of Grape kool Aid, 1 sachet of Black Cherry Kool Aid and half a bottle of Dr. Oetker blue food colouring. Rather than dip dying I decided I’d be clever and actually hand paint the yarn this time (yay, go me.) I finished it off in the microwave instead of the slow cooker to ensure the colours didn’t bleed into each other.

    Then I was so excited about how well it turned out I wanted to see how it knitted up, so I cast on a pair of socks, I’m using Violet Green’s sock calculator pattern and size 2.5mmDPNsSo I haven’t really broken my resolution as badly as it seems (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself) and hopefully I’ll have a lovely vest and pair of socks by next week.

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