Monday, December 29, 2008

Here Are The Pictures!




Finally, after a long absence, here are the pictures of the Marigold wool overdyed with onion skins.

Here is a picture after the first dye bath in Marigolds and Calendulas. The result was a golden yellow with a tinge of green.


The middle picture is after it was overdyed with a strong onion skin bath. The colour is a golden chestnut. It isn't as orange as the picture appears. I simmered the onion skins in a pot of water for about on hour. Strained the onion skins out of the pot and let it cool overnight. I added the two skeins of wool and some vinegar. The temperature was slowly brought up to 85 degrees celcius and kept at that temp for an hour. Then allowed to cool overnight, rinsed, spun and hung to dry.


The last picture is a skein of white Briggs and Little Regal that was added to the onion skin dye pot to exhaust the dye.

I love the results!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tonight's Project

Well, I have finally decided what to do with the two skeins of Briggs and Little that I dyed with the Marigolds and Calendulas. After much thought and a vote at the Knitting Goddesses Guild meeting last week, I am going to overdye them with onion skins and see what happens. The original colour was a golden colour with almost a tinge of green. As you know, I usually like this colour but I'm not so sure about this shade. Something keeps stopping me from actually knitting with it. So tonight is the night. The onions skins are simmering and the skeins are soaking. I'm hoping for more of a brown than a yellow. Stay tuned until tomorrow. Either way, good or bad, I'll post a picture.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Slow Knitting Week


This was to be my week to knit all day, every day for a whole week. So far that hasn't happened. It is now Wed. and I have only felt well enough to knit a couple of times. I managed to finish knitting a slipper that still has to be felted and sew together my mini sweater. Both patterns are from the Patons Classic Holiday pattern book. The slipper is knit with Patons Classic Wool.

As for my To Knit List
Orange socks - as they are not a Christmas present they are off the list until January
Hemp scarf - will now become my challenge project
Sweater pattern - I did decide on a pattern but have not found the wool yet
Husbands birthday socks - will now become Christmas socks
Moms Christmas socks - have not restarted. Somehow thinking if I wait long enough and recheck the gauge that maybe it will be right on this time.
Hand dyed hat - It is finished!

I am going to drag myself back to the couch and focus on the success of finishing my hat and work on my felted slippers. I'll worry about my ever growing list of knitting to be done tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Getting Organized

This is going to be a great knitting week. I have spent the weekend getting my unread knitting magazines and books ready as well as gathering together some projects to work on. So far my options are:
Finish my orange socks
Finish the hemp scarf
Start Dad's birthday socks
Restart Mom's Christmas socks
Start Husbands birthday sock
Decide on my hemp knitting challenge project
Pick a sweater pattern to knit
Finish the hat I started today

So many projects and lots and lots of knitting time ahead!

p.s. I finished the blue hemp socks

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Updates





Wow, I can't believe how fast time goes by! Here is an update on what I have been working on. I hate to admit this, but I have broken my own rule and have started new projects before finishing the first ones.

Pink Mitts - They are finished! No picture of them but Mary has them and she likes them, yahoo!

Hemp lace scarf - This project has been on hold while I was knitting other things but is back on today's To Knit List while watching football. It is almost finished. 1 1/2 skeins have been knit. It probably only needs another 1/2 skein. Love the Hemp!

Blue Hemp socks - These socks are samples for the sock class I am currently teaching. I can only go so far on them each week so that is my excuse for needing to dyeing more wool for more mitts.

Marigold Wool - These two skeins of Briggs and Little Regal wool were dyed using the last of the Marigolds. I am not sure if I like the colour. It turned out a mustard colour and even though I love yellows I am not sure about this one. It was to become mitts and and hat. I am tossing around the idea of overdying it with onion skins.

New Socks - This was new yarn bought for Carrie's Quilting and Knitting Shop so of course I have to try it to see how it knits up. So far so good. I am using the new bamboo needles as well. I am finding the bamboo is so much easier on my hands. The wool is On Your Toes with Aloe Vera and I am really liking it. I am liking it so well that not only am I going to knit socks out of it I am going to knit Knee High socks for a most special person on my Christmas list, my Mom.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Scarf vs. Mittens




It seems that I got a little side tracked from the mitts. I did manage to wind the skein into a ball so it is ready to go but I made the mistake of working on a new scarf while deciding which mitten pattern to knit.

I made some changes to the scarf pattern. I changed the yarn from the suggested Astra to 100% Hemp, made the scarf narrower, and adjusted the lace pattern but I did keep the suggested seed stitch boarder. I am really liking how it it is turning out. I'm liking it so much that I am thinking about knitting another one for some lucky person on my Christmas list.

Someone else told me that they are still forecasting the possibility of snow. I really need to start these mitts.....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mary's Mitts



Mary requested a pair of pink mitts a while ago. It is starting to get cooler here and I have heard rumours about the chance of light snow this week. Even though I am totally denying that there is any chance of snow this early I have decided that these mitts should be moved to the top of my Knitting To Do List.

Since my obsession this month seems to be dyeing wool with Kool Aid I had no choice but to dye a skein of Patons Classic Wool using 6 packages of Strawberry Kiwi in the microwave. The colour turned out great. Hope Mary thinks so. My plan is to start knitting them while watching football this afternoon. Updates tonight with any luck!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Dyeing Continues


The dyeing continues. The colours look great!!! I let them cool overnight in the dye pot and both skeins took up all of the dye. Last time the purple did not. This is leading me to think a couple of things a) that this one may be a darker shade than the one before or b) my measuring of the dye was not accurate or c) my measuring of the vinegar was not accurate. It probably is a combination of all of them. However, without comparing the two skeins together I think it looks close. Anyone want to place any bets? These pictures were taken as soon as the skein was added to the dye so the actual colour is a bit darker.






This skein is for my wonderful friend. Her favourite colour right now is pink. She is going to love it! I am thinking that this will make a great hat. Unfortunatley, it will not match her sweater that she planning on making. Hmmm.... looks like I get to do some more dyeing!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wool for Dragonfly Girl

Tonights knitting has two goals. Knit the baby sweater and dye some wool.

The baby sweater is knit from the top down all in one piece and the only seaming needed is on the sleeves. I am knitting this one in a pink worsted weight acrylic yarn from my stash and have got to the second sleeve. I am really hoping that it will be finished tomorrow. Then I am going to knit another one in a dk weight.

I dyed two batches of wool. One was another skein of the purple to finish the felted bag that was started for the Olympic knitting. This skein will finish the bottom and make the handles. I'm really interested to see how close the colour of this skein will be to the first one I dyed. So far in the dye pot it looks good.

The second batch of dying is for my best knitting friend, DragonflyGirl. The colour of course is pink! I think it looks great. I hope you like it. (You'll have to take my word for how the wool looks. Technical difficulty down loading the pictures.)

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gold Metal Socks


Olympic knitting is over. My socks are finished and they fit! The bag unfortunately did not make it to the finish line. I'm ok with this as it did get me motivated to dye the wool and get the bag started. Actually, it is probably over half done and I am really liking the colour combination. I am using three colours: sapphire, purple and lilac. It looks much better knit up than I thought it would. If I can take a picture that the colours show up close to the actual colour it will be in the next post. If I can manage to fit in as much knitting as I have the last couple of days it may be finished in another couple of days. That would be great. Then I could felt it and start using it and move on to the next project. That is the big question. What should I start next - Dad's socks, friends gift, or the samples for my next class....

Happy Knitting!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Shopping Trip Without Wool

What a wonderful way to spend a day. My daughter and I spent the day in Toronto shopping for clothes yesterday. We had a great time. Before we left she made me promise that we would NOT stop at any yarn shops. I agreed, somewhat disappointed as I was hoping to have time on the way home to swing by Lettuce Knits to buy some baby wool. After thinking about it I felt much better when I remembered that they do mail orders! Our shopping trip was a success. Lots of trying on and lots of buying. As we were ending our shopping trip we decided to stop for a drink before heading home. At this point my daughter stops, looks at me and says "oh no we are not". I swear I had no idea that we were across the street from a yarn shop. I had actually never heard of this shop before. Americana was the shop name or something very similar on Queen Street. After a little bit of begging and pleading (who is the adult!?) I went in for a really, really quick look around but no buying. Lots of beautiful wool. Seen a lot of llama, alpaca and a cotton linen blend. Nice shop. Worth another stop on a yarn shopping day.

Olympic knitting is coming along. Updates tomorrow and there should be pictures! No time today as the kids and I are heading out for a fun filled day with Dragonfly Girl. Probably no yarn shops in the picture today either unless we head home through Guelph....

Tonight is the Knitting Goddess Knitting Guild meeting. It is sure to be lot of fun!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympic Knitting Underway

What a relaxing morning. I am watching the Olympics on TV, knitting my sock and dyeing the wool for my bag.

I am making good progress on the sock although I did change the pattern and wool. I decided to knit myself a pair of socks with a ball of Hempwol that I had in my stash. This is a really great wool/hemp blend to knit with. As for the pattern, I am designing as I knit. This is not as clever as it sounds as I was intending to follow a wonderful pattern that created a nice lace zigzag pattern on the leg. After four rows it was apparent that I didn't fully read the instructions before I started knitting!! So I am now working on a "random" lace pattern that is turning out quite nice and as a bonus I think it will fit. Did I forget to mention that I forgot to check my gauge before I started. I was so excited about starting the sock that I casted on and just started into the pattern! (Wrong I might add!!) I did check the gauge after a few rows and it is ...close.

As for the dyeing it is going great. The sapphire and lilac are outside drying. The dye bath was not exhausted from the sapphire so I am using it again and this skein is a beautiful baby blue. With some luck pictures may follow soon.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ravelympics is Almost Here!

Well, here we are one day before the start of the summer Olympics and the Ravelympics on Ravelry. I am very excited about both. I am not a huge sports fan (except for synchronized swimming and football!) but I do really enjoy watching the Olympics!

During the last winter Olympics the Yarn Harlot organized the Knitting Olympics and my knitting challenge then was to complete a pair of socks which I did. For this Olympic challenge I have signed up for the Sockput and the Bag and Tote Backstroke. I am going to knit a pair of socks using the Magic Loop two at a time technique and also knit a felted bag using some of my hand dyed wool.

Today is all about my Olympic training.

* Sorting through my stash to find the sock yarn I want to knit
*Knitting a gauge swatch for the socks
*Dyeing the wool for my felted bag (no, I have not done this yet. Lots of time...)
*Knitting a gauge swatch for the bag

Wish me luck!!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Welcome!

Hello Knitters! Welcome to the first of many posts about my knitting adventures.

Happy Knitting,
Louise