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February 12, 2008

I can’t believe I keep not blogging. After that crazy Superbowl and all those hats, I was in need of a break. Usually when I need a break I knit a hat, but after four hats in fourteen days (and not much else!) I couldn’t bring myself to do it! I’ve been meaning to gather up all our hand knit hats and take a picture because people, no residents of North Carolina need as many wool has as we have floating around our house.

Nonetheless, I was glad we had these two hats yesterday.

more knits in the wild

We went on an adventure, led by Jerry, through our neighbor’s backyards. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Note to self: Must act childish more often. It’s fun!

I’ve felt like a kid the past few days, playing with some new toys and supplies. I started dyeing fiber! Here’s my first batch.


The fiber is 6 oz of wool top that I bought last month at Shuttles, Needles & Hooks in Cary, NC. I used my new crock pot and acid dyes from a kit from helloyarn (be careful over there around 2pm today, there’s bound to be some elbow pushing for those mitten kits **actually, its only 1:10 pm right now and her site is really slow already**). It was fun and exciting and I’m so pleased with my fiber.

During my post-Superbowl malaise, I felt compelled to knit a lace shawl but the only lace yarn I had was a really blah color of Knit Picks Shadow and plain white. So I eventually ended up working on some socks-in-progress. But now I have the dyes! So yesterday I took two blah skeins of KnitPicks and made them wonderful (only one skein pictured).

actual color may vary

The original color is that already wound ball on top (though not an accurate representation of the color, it is more sandy) and the new, improved, dyed-by-me skein is at the bottom! It really is stunning, and now I can’t wait to knit with it.

The only thing left to show you today is two pairs of socks I’ve finished in the week since the game. The first, a pair for Jerry that he likes because they look like camouflage.

new jerry socks

He wore them the other day for about two full hours, which is a small miracle, really [ravelry details].

The other pair had been on the needles, and in the bottom of my purse,


I’m so glad to be done with them (click the picture to see notes about the yarn, which was disappointing) [ravelry details].  Not done, of course, in the picture above, but done in real life and actually on my feet this very moment.  I wore them out of my house this morning, but I’m going to send them to my sister.  She doesn’t mind pre-worn socks because, like she reminded me, we’ve probably shared underwear in our life, so a pair of shared socks is nothin’.

I won’t leave without saying a big thanks to everyone who left a comment about the Superbowl and the hats.  I haven’t gotten back to each person like I usually try to do, but please know that I cherish each and every one of you who takes a moment to make a comment.  I know that commenting is time consuming and not always easy to do, but I truly appreciate it.  Thank you!  You make blogging fun!  And if you don’t comment – I’m glad you’re here, too.  Thanks for stopping by.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2008 5:15 pm

    The yarn you dyed is stunning! Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  2. February 12, 2008 6:44 pm

    Wow. That yarn you dyed just knocks my socks off. It’s gorgeous. So rich! It will make a beautiful shawl.

  3. February 12, 2008 6:54 pm

    What an improvement the teal color is for that yarn. I love the hats, so cute, and both pairs of socks look great. I am sure your sister will be glad to get them.

  4. knittingelephant permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:50 pm

    I’m in awe over the dye job you gave the KP yarn! It’s such a deep color and I love it! BTW, the tomten Maggie is wearing is still my all time favorite…

  5. hspoth permalink
    February 13, 2008 1:39 am

    that pic of the mag and jerry is one of my favorites. EVER.

  6. February 13, 2008 1:44 am

    Your dying looks fabby! I’m glad you are enjoying yourself with it. I’m off to ravelry to investigate those gorgeous stripey socks too…

  7. February 13, 2008 4:52 am

    It’s always great to go on an adventure with ones kids 😉 And it seems like they are having a great time. Your daughters Tomten is beautiful!

  8. February 13, 2008 4:21 pm

    LOVE the fiber you died. Can’t wait to see what you make from it.

    [Also, I gave you a “You Make My Day” award on my blog. :)]

  9. February 13, 2008 4:22 pm

    WHOOPS! I meant the fiber you “dyed” not the fiber you “died.” That’s what I get for trying to leave a comment while my boys are demolishing the house!

  10. February 13, 2008 5:37 pm

    Your projects look great – good update (been wondering where you were!)

  11. February 13, 2008 10:45 pm

    Look at you dyeing the fiber! I want to dye fiber too!!! So what are you going to do with the fiber?

  12. carpoolknitter permalink
    February 14, 2008 3:39 am

    adorable yar-r-r-n pirates! I’ve been dyeing too! great fun. The Kaffe yarn is a disappointment? :O

  13. Katie permalink
    February 14, 2008 11:09 am

    Wonderful dyeing on the yarn and fiber. I love the new lace yarn. Was it hellish trying to wind it back up? Laceweight is a beast. And I love the socks, too! Guess I need to go see what yarn you used and why you didn’t like it.

  14. February 15, 2008 4:29 pm

    Your matching hats are adorable, what beautiful kids! And lovely dyed yarn! I enjoy your photos and updates thoroughly! 🙂

  15. February 27, 2008 6:35 pm

    Love the color of your fiber, it’s beautiful!!

    Also, love the new and improved color of your knit picks yarn.

    So fun!

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