Thursday, 2 June 2005

Kool Aid

My first ever experience dying yarn. So how was it for me? The smell - not really expected. Because of course I used kool aid which americans actually drink ?! and the rest of the world uses as a dye. Today I used strawberry, grape and something or other cherry and dyed some merino dk and some slubbed cotton. Exhibit A is the wool, which has turned out quite well.
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Exhibit B is the cotton. Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Note to self: do not try and dye yarn without putting it into skeins first. Plus try harder when cleaning taps.

Pooch just rang (inebriated I am sorry to say - I shall tell his mother) and tried to get me to order him some kebabs to be delivered so hey would be here when he got home and therefore save vast amounts of time he would have had to spend getting them for himself. What is it with men and kebabs when they've been on a bender? I declined the opportunity but this does mean he'll be back any minute so must clear all that dye out of the kitchen before he tries to drink it.

But first - most importantly - I have my secret pal (in Portugal) and the person who has me as a pal has been in touch and I think is in germany. I can't wait to start sending little parcels out and finding other ones waiting for me over the next few months. Knitters are wonderful people!

Tuesday, 31 May 2005

Progress

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Am not too sure about the yellow. Don't think I'll use it again. So there it is and I just get on with it for another 30 cm or so. I quite like fairisle - it is stocking stitch which is my favourite and keeps things changing by using three colours on each row and changing the colours every three rows.

In others news am SOOOO annoyed. Two parcels have arrived and I just know they are wool-based (wooldar) and the concierge man wasn't manning his station so I couldn't pick them up. I neeeeeed those parcels.

Was reading my 'yarn to dye for' or something like that book at lunch. Can't wait til the weekend to try it out. Am also trying another Monica Ferris book (craft mysteries) that arrived from amazon at the same time. Actually I ordered three and they all came - don't tell Pooch!

Monday, 30 May 2005

From nickerjac's blog

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.


What kind of yarn are you?
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Hmm. Pooch just did the test too and is also shetland wool. Not sure how to take that!

Sunday, 29 May 2005

Secret pal - tension rises

Wow oh wow. I see a few others have their secret pal already. I'm just so keen to get going. I love giving presents as much as getting them. Must remain calm!
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