Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feelin' Kinda Silly . . .

So. Apparently my favorite camera's battery must be fully charged up at all times for the flash to work the way it should . . . this discovered after about 40 minutes chatting with a Kodak trouble-shooter. Alrighty then. Guess I forgot that rechargeable batteries don't really last forever. They only have so many charges in them. So, I'm buying a new battery.

The new charger came, which meant that I actually got to charge up the battery so I could actually talk to Kodak about it. The other positive of that is: FINALLY, here are some photos to catch up from the past weeks. :-)

First: The reds from the first dye class at the end of January. The darkest red is Lac (2 skeins). The red red is cochineal (3 skeins) and the orangey one is madder (1 skein).

Each of the test skeins are 60 yards, so I have 360 yards of sport weight, Falklands yarn here. I'm not much on colorwork, but I'm thinking that's got to be enough for something kind of nifty - I thought maybe socks, but also maybe mittens or something like that . . . any ideas?

And here are the yellows from the February class. On the left is Tesu. We were not sure about this one at all in class, but it dried this luminous shade of golden yellow. It's so gorgeous - this photo does not do it justice. In the middle is chamomile (the yellowest of the three) and on the right is weld. Again, the same sportweight Falklands yarn. Again, I have 6 total skeins, 2 of each color, so another 360 yards.

So - some yarn came in to the house, but Knitterary and Miss Amy, I didn't actually buy it - it was a by-product of my class :-)

Here is the Gemini silk/merino blend that I died in the chamomile. It is a pale, buttery yellow. But I like the Tesu so much that instead of going with indigo to get green as was my original thought, I'm going to re-mordant and overdye it in Tesu. I know it will be a lighter shade (silk is like that), but I think it has the capacity to be stunning in that golden color. Cross your fingers!
















And how about a project for ME for once? I contemplated gifting these, but I really do like them. Just a simple 2x2 rib with my new favorite eye-of-partridge heel. The yarn is Alchemy's Juniper, in the "The Night Air" colorway, purchased from one of my favorite places, The Loopy Ewe.

This yarn knits up beautifully and has a great feel to it. It's 100% Merino, superwash, and it never really pooled at all. The only strikes against it are that it's quite spendy. $16/skein, (you need two to make a pair of socks), and the yardage is a little stingy in my opinion - 232/skein. I had very little left of each skein at the end of these socks for my size 9 feet.

:-)

5 comments:

Michelle said...

I only like my yellows on flowers, but I love-love-LOVE the reds together! Must start another pair of socks....

yarnorgy(Bethany) said...

Beautiful dye colors "A"! And the socks... luscious!

candy t said...

The Tesu is glorious!!! In fact all three yellows are beautiful

amlahe616 said...

I love the yarn. So pretty. And if my weaving class projects don't count your dyeing class projects cant either.

Knitterary said...

Beautiful! I saw all the new yarns on your ravelry page and was wondering what was up. :)