Happy Friday the 13th! I actually like Friday the 13th, it’s usually a pretty good day for me and so far this one has been too.
Yesterday I headed over to Stephania‘s house for some dyeing. Here are the results (with a bit of sock laundry too):
The yellow is a semi-solid wool/nylon I dyed in the crock pot for a design I’ve been thinking of. The turquoise is on her wool/bamboo base, and was also dyed in the crock pot. It turned out much more variegated, though.
The two flats were a cute idea I had… I’ve been wanting to get some blank flats and paint a star on one – I’m not dumb, I know it won’t come out as a star on the socks, but it’s like… stealth stars! So when we went to the Superbowl Sale at The Purl District and I saw that Flat Feet was 50% off, I decided I’d go ahead and pick some up. The light blue flat was a semi-solid that I thought would work well for painting on, and the darker blue one was just such a nice color.
I always think it’s strange when I see Flat Feet with vertical stripes because that’s going to come out just like if you dyed it in a skein – what’s the point of doing it in a flat? So I doctored up the dark one by painting some horizontal stripes – they’re not really going to show up over the darker yarn, but there will be stripes of different colors in the lighter sections. I think it will be a cool effect.
For the lighter flat we printed out a star and cut it out, and I painted around / over the paper. Then I spattered the flat with the same blue so that it wouldn’t be only confined to the star area – I think it will add some interest. Both of the flats only show half – the other side is painted to match.
Then today I got a package from my most amazing friend Cathy:
Before I left Boston, I lent her a book, a project bag, and gave her some yarn one day when she was at my house with nothing to knit. Perhaps because of that – though I don’t quite remember – she said she’d knit me a pair of Conwy socks. I have a shorter pair that I knit, but I *hated* knitting the pattern. I love the resulting socks, though. She likes knitting the pattern so I gave her a skein of my JKnits and she made me those Conwy socks.
I got the package today returning my stuff, sending me the above socks, and with a bonus yarny gift – Aussi Sock which she said I hadn’t tried yet and it was my colors. Right on both counts!