Monday, June 11, 2007

My first pair of socks with my hand painted yarn!

I just finished the first pair of socks with the yarn that I painted, and I like them very much. The yarn and the socks are very soft, due in large part to the soft plying of the yarn. It is slightly more prone to split as I knit, but not enough to be annoying. There was 462 yards on the skein, so I have enough for a pair of child's mittens or socks. The yarn is 75% Superwash wool, 25% nylon, fingering weight, knit on #1 DP bamboo needles.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Dyeing again

We had a second session of yarn dyeing last weekend. My DVD partner, Lida, joined Louise and me to be initiated in the deep secrets of hand painted yarn. It was very hot, but fortunately we had a large cherry tree to keep us in the shade. The yarns shown here are my own. I'm planning to have hand painted yarns available on our website,, soon. I also wound one of the skeins we did in our first session into a ball using the ball winder given to me by my thoughtful and generous mother-in-law, Florence. It is a real time saver. I have started to knit with the yarn. It is a real pleasure - very soft, very even ply. I sense a new addiction.