My knitting friends and I have been experimenting with food dyes and yarn… Kool-Aid, the little drop-shaped bottles of food colouring, the fancy-schmancy gel/paste colours for icing, and even Easter egg dye tablets. So much fun… I will put up some yarn pics eventually, but for now, I’m working on a test knit for one of the group. She is experimenting with using words in her dye patterns, and asked me to knit up her first sample piece. She dyed a sock blank with the word ‘DREAM’, knowing of course that the words won’t appear on the socks – the point here is the intent behind the design. She gave me free reign on design, so I picked the Thuja sock pattern from Knitty – a nice seeded rib with an increased stitch count to accommodate the finer weight yarn. I’ve knitted through the semi-solid end of the blank, and you can see from the tiny specks of purple on the socks that I have reached the text:
I’ve also cast on the lovely Spectra by Stephen West. This scarf reminds me of the song ‘Rainbow Connection‘ from the Muppet Movie. Colour sings to my soul, just like Kermit the Frog sitting on his log in the swamp. This is happy, knitted into a scarf. This is also my first experience with intarsia… that was slightly less happy, but things became much simpler when I quit trying to follow the directions about crossing the two yarns and just did it the way I learned at my LYS (old yarn goes left, new yarn comes up over it, carry on this way for EVERY switch). Much easier. I think I’m about 20% of the way through right now, give or take a wedge. I intend to knit until the coloured yarn runs out, since I can always get more of the black border stuff.
And oh, it’s pretty. Laa-da-da-deee-da-da-dooo…
Tags: Knitting, Kool-Aid dyeing, Muppets, scarf, sock, Spectra
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