Friday, February 13, 2009

My friends are awesome!

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):

dyeing

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:

cathygifts

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!

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3 Comments:

Anonymous cathy said...

I love the idea of painting designs onto the flat feet. I'm glad you liked your box :)

7:32 AM  
Anonymous holly said...

I've got some blanks I have yet to dye but with the weather warming it's almost time. Hurry up and knit yours up so I can get some ideas - I've never done any dyeing so I am clueless.

Great gift, too. Every box should come with unexpected yarn.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

I love the idea of stealth stars! Hilarious!!!

10:29 AM  

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