Friday, November 02, 2007

A Bit of Color

I decided to squeeze in one last batch of dyeing this past weekend before it got cold.
These are six skeins of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, done with Koolaid and icing dye as usual. I'm starting to wonder if there is a way to get true black from food dyes. As with my last attempt, the black icing dye separated into purple and green. This time I tried applying the dye directly to the yarn, then chucking it into the pot. But the purple stuck first and the green stayed in solution, despite an overnight soak. Oh well, the search continues...

On a more neutral note, I made a couple of hats this week:
This is a little watchcap made with Lion Brand Vanna's Choice. It's acrylic with a sort of chenille-like feel to it and isn't at all bad to knit with at all, though having Vanna White's picture stare at you from the label makes you feel like you should really be crocheting, or no fabulous prizes for you!
This one's another earflap hat from the cover of the fall Knit Simple. The yarn is Classic Elite Alaska, a 50/50 alpaca/wool blend. It's very bulky and the skeins are quite short (25 yards), so the small size (19") took about 3 1/2 skeins. The label says it's got a nice hand, and it really does - very soft and loosely spun.

No sock photo today, because I still haven't finished the second Socks that Rock Monkey. I turned the heel over the weekend, but haven't touched it since. No worries though, because we're going on a family field trip tomorrow, so there'll be knitting time on the way. Yay roadtrips!


~Tonia~ said...

Such pretty yarn colors. Well at least you know an easy way to get purple without having to mix it. ;)

Cute hats.

Jinann said...

YUMMY!!!! The yarn looks "good enough to eat"!!!!!