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Thursday, January 19, 2006       KIPKIPKIP Letizia’s 2144 W Division 7-9p

Now that my color train is of the one track kind,
not even my Stash is safe.

Lurking in the mulitude of skeins and balls is POTENTIAL. Potentially Green. Potentially fine…

This yarn was a little something Santa left for moi last year.

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This is wet Plymouth Baby Grande Alpaca, color #1830.

I used a little of it to make a cowl - then lost interest in it. QUE? The Color was fabulous but just not too flattering on me. It was a Fuschia that was too blue.

It needed to go green…

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What could possibly make that brilliant pink a subtle green? Well, I needed to subract some of that blue out of it – (I tried this successfully before using Procion dyes on a cotton/acrylic blend. That result was a little more subdued because of the fiber content. Alpaca saturates strongly.) So when I mixed up the Sabraset Dyes, I used 20% less of the blue that would be required for the color I was lusting after. The end mixture was 20% Royal Blue & 80% Yellow Gold. The gold color toned down the pink as well, making it behave towards a more calm color space – a color space where it’s easy being GREEN…

…I washed and soaked the skeins thoroughly before dyeing – most important, I believe, for good dye penetration when you are *overdying* yarn or a garment that is already another color and not virgin fiber. Then, I used my big pot to dye the skeins in so there was plenty swimming room…

[miniHAHA: Too tired to knit or even WASH YOUR SOCKS? As seen in the London Edition of DAILY CANDY: sock subscription service...]


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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the siren song begins…

It was almost Springtime last year before the Call of the Lime began for me. Perhaps it is the very balmy temperatures that have me looking for the green – in the grass, in the beds, on the trees. Something should be happening there, but it is JANUARY. The thermometer does not lie but it certainly is confused.

And right around the corner in my very own house is YARN! The beauty of a Stash is such that perhaps one doesn’t have to venture far to fill the need. In 2003 (see Oct. 7th), I made a poncho using triple strands of yarn to make a bulky one. One of these strands was a yarn by Crystal Palace called Merino Frappe, in Pea Green. I also swatched for a cool cable sweater at that time because I had a whole bag of the stuff – but the texture of the fabric was limp and my idea flopped right along with it.

Then I got this last week. I am surely saving my pennies for some of the yarn as shown in the book but in the meantime, this jumped out at me and I was in LOVE!

And I asked the Frappe to dance…

Serendipitously, I found a new yarn store on the far south side (My Sister’s Knits) and picked up a couple of balls of the Frappe in a light sage green. It will become the huge shawl collar on the sweater – so I have bright olive wrapped in a silver olive shot through with the bright. Both the yarns are blended heathers and not totally clear but quite alive with both high and low lights.

The beauty of the pattern is that it is knit at a much tighter gauge than the ball band gauge listed for the yarn – I swatched. It worked. I’m OFF!

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The body of the sweater is now a nice firm sort of flannel looking fabric and the shawl collar will be as drapey as the original piece I made a couple of years ago. This time it works in my favor!


Monday, January 16, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

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QUESTION: What happens when you spend an afternoon surrounded by the most luscious fiber imaginable?

ANSWER: You start hallucinating hand-painted yarn EVERYWHERE – even in the nighttime sky (this is actually a sunset as seen reflected in the Fold’s front windows)…

Just ask Theresa or Julie – they were witness to my madness…

We were in Marengo at a place called the Fold, and I SWEAR! if you don’t lose your mind to the fleece and fiber here, your heart might surely be spun of straw.

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