recyling sweaters, dying yarn, knitting
Let's see, it's been a bit since I've posted what I've done, craft wise.
I finished the last of the sweaters - I really love the last cotton one I did. It has a bit of rayon to it & it's super shiny. I have just about 14 oz of it! The wool sweater was a fingering weight 100% "lambswool" that I think will end up socks or mittens. I spent a good chunk of yesterday dying it to create stripes. The yarn was a light blue to begin with so I wasn't sure how it would come out. I used easter egg dye this time. The first batch came out a bit weird because I ran out of purple dye & when I went to make more I realized I ran out of vinegar, so I made more purple dye & tried to mix it in with the dye that was already on the skein... so it came out pink & purple for one side of the very very big skein, and I left it natural blue on the other. My second skein (each skein was about 80-90 grams, and I have about 200 grams of plain blue that I didn't dye for heels/toes/ribbing/whatever) I made into another huge skein - like 30 feet long!! And divided into 3 sections: one was dyed green, one was dyed blue, and the third was left undyed natural blue. The dyed blue came out a brighter, darker blue but all three shades look wonderful together! I can't wait to knit this up.
Let's see, in other news, I've been knitting - no crocheting at all. I've been chugging along on honeymoon - just at the work straight for 2.25 inches part, between the decreases & increases. I cast on with my cotton/acrylic magic 8 ball from those sweaters to make the cape that I posted about yesterday from Spun Off. That's moving along very fast, even though I have about 200 stitches on the cirs! I'm planning on making it only 8 or 9" long, and I think I'm at 2.5" already.
I did knit on my socknitters sock swap partner's socks a bit today, for about 15 minutes before I went on my job interview.
Let's see, what else? Oh, I saved the best for last. I taught DH this AM to knit! He can't make slip knots to save his life, he can't cast on to save his life, but, I must say, he knits rather well. Loose, and very unsure of himself but, he knits! I am so proud, and i hope he keeps it up. Suggestions from anyone on manly beginner knitting projects? I was thinking of having him make these:
He wants to try socks eventually. It would be great if he did, so I can stop knitting socks, especially now that I'm knitting other things besides socks!
Let's see, the rainbow swap will be starting May 1st, that's exciting. I joined a Wish Swap at Craftster.org, that's a lot of fun. I'm making something my partner wants, and someone else is making me something I want! I sent her a few links of some things I really like online, I can't wait!! What a fun swap!
And let's see... I keep saying that, don't I? I think that's it for this time. Maybe.