So I’ve been progressing on Kitra in my skein of Empire. Its a top down sweater, and my plan is to knit to the sleeves, knit both sleeves and then knit the body until I run out of yarn or get to Rhinebeck, most likely the former as there is still a lot of knitting to be done.
And it may not look it but I am less than 10 rows from the sleeve division. In theory the sleeves themselves will not take too long, we’ll see, we’ll see. That third sweater though may be like the Emperor’s New Clothes, I mean if I fix that sleeve quirk on bayside that totally counts right? I mean I finished it in Jan, it would be a new sweater for Rhinebeck.
I’ve wanted to play with dyeing yarn for a while. And after moving I decided to get myself some new crafty toys to try out. I have gotten acid dyes and metal stamping tools. I haven’t started stamping things yet but yesterday I decided to dye up some yarn.
I had a 2ply skein of Cormo I had gotten at Gauge+Tension, ages ago, in theory as a neutral for another skein. But it was perfect for this project. I ordered some Acid dye off Amazon, because Prime is a dangerous thing, it arrived right before my apartment warming on Saturday. I chose to go with citric acid, mostly because I don’t really like the smell of vinegar.
So I got my yarn soaked, poured in my dyes and waited. The method I used was Space dyeing from a skill share class by @alexcreates on instagram. I had seem his yarn at Vogue Knitting Live and I thought his class would be a good place to start.
Once the dye bath was mostly exhausted (i’m glad everyone mentioned how much red bleeds, I would have been pretty worried otherwise) I rinsed the yarn in wool wash a few times until the water ran clear.
I hang it up to dry in the bathroom. And hooray for summer it was already dry when I went to shower this morning. So I have my first finished skein of hand dyed yarn. While there are a couple things I would fix, like I think I needed to let the yarn soak longer before I added dye, I really like how my first draft of ‘a kid from Brooklyn’ turned out.
I have a couple of ounces of un-dyed fiber I will also be looking into dyeing, but I have to decide on the process for that first, as I’m much more concerned about felting, with fiber. I tried to not agitate the wool too much. Something to look into but yay dyed yarn!
Side note! The shop is open and there will be an update this Saturday at 10! Zombies, Witches, Founding Fathers, and Time Lords to name a few.
I am planning to do the Clean Slate challenge hosted by the Just One More Row podcast. I have done it before though I didn’t last year I don’t think. There are some needles I want back, and there are some projects that are just too close to being done or just SHOULD be done by now.
First up, I have seven days to finish Bayside by my deadline. I have likely 6″ of the first sleeve left. Knit night tonight’s goal is to finish the sleeve and maybe start the next. I want to wear this on the 16th for VKL. But I will be working the day job right until that, so I have one more weekend to work on it other than after work time.
Next up is Featherweight, mostly because I don’t want to put it aside for ages. So I want to pick it back up soon. Just the sleeves and border left, and I have found my DPNs. Granted they are in Bayside now but it means they will be free soon.
Those are the only projects that I have even the vaguest plan of order. Next up in no particular order. My thrummed mittens, Hermione’s Everyday socks, a cowl design that shall be ripped and reworked with more stitches, my Follow Your Arrow 2 shawl, and the long unfinished Bloomery.
There are some other WIPs that are floating around the apartment, those oft ignored christmas socks, those other socks (from 2011), and things I’m sure I’ll keep forgetting until I see them.
One more over arching look at my goals. So how are the 2015 goals progressing? Some good some not so good. The 12 in 2o15 needs some major help.
1. Four more sweaters in 2015. That’s one a season, totally reasonable, and I would like at least 2 to be pullovers, and at least one to be done in pieces. its about time I got to building a sweater. And right now I have the yarn for a few sweaters!
. Alta – Green Gloss DK – swatch is done and wayyy off. I’m losing about 4 stitches every 4 inches. Math will have to be done. Done and worn to Rhinebeck!
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – Cashmere Wool Blend
3. Blue Wool of the Andes Pumpkin Ale
4. Eco Wool Francis Revisited will be cast on later this week?
6. Wine colored Sock yarn
*Featherweight has been cast on.
Three sweaters done, two on the needles, one more going on the needles. It looks like everything is going to plan there.
More craft fairs – I want to do more vending (VKLive happened!) I vended at the BKCG WWKIP again, did Funday Sunday on Smith Street, and will be doing the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk show the Friday of Rhinebeck. I now have an Events page where you can keep up to date on where I shall be popping up.
More Spinning. Joining the DSPAKAL means I will start my year spinning. The 680 yard loop bump seems to have that covered, even if I haven’t had a chance to spin since the tour de fleece started
1. Six complete spinning projects for the year (knitting handspun or spinning a project) – Hitchhiker is done, the loop bump above, and a few squares on the sock blanket.
Get one of the spindles I have been eying maybe as a reward for hitting the 50% mark – (Uh – I may now own two Turtle Made spindles, an Aaron Makes stuff spindle, and a Golding)
4. Socks!!!! I have two actual pairs on the needles. I have cast on Hermione’s Everyday socks…Now where did I put them…
. As I mentioned yesterday, more collaborations. – Clubs, Giveaways, Stitches South!
6. Updating the graphics of the blog and published patterns (new laptop should help get this going but its still a work in progress)
7. Gloves! Both the designing of and knitting of other patterns – My Thrummed flip top mittens are a start right? a still incomplete start but a start
8. Designing – So many swatches guys – SO MANY – Submissions! Things are out, patterns are being written
9. Plan another epic birthday – there may be zombies whiskey There was brunch, there was Ethiopian, there were friends.
And the 12 in 2015 – hmm er…
. Alta Swatched Done!
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – I may have cast on featherweight with this yarn
3. Bayside sleeves separated and approaching the body
increases decreases ribbing
4. Handspun Socks take two
5. Blanket – Cozy Memories Blanket
6. Gloves – Thrummed flip top mitts One mitt mostly done. Just needs a flip top.
7. Flintshire Take II – well I used the yarn for mitts. but a red flintshire would work too.
8. Release a Cowl Design – couple different swatches floating around and a pattern on the needles
9. Handspun Hat with Luxury tribbles – Cashmere! Yak!
Thrummed Hat! – I don’t wear mittens but a Hat would be great. – Likely not as then there would have to be lining.
11. A Colorwork project
12. Christmas Ornaments – After setting up the tree this year we noted it was lacking in handmade, personal items. Especially in the home of two crafters.
The Pumpkin Ale sweater continues to grow. The back piece is now just under 18″. With around 60 rows to go before I do the shoulders. Then it will be the fun of picking up stitches for the rest of the sweater.
If I continue to move at my current pace I think that will happen around Friday or Saturday. as I seem to get done about 40 or so rows of the sweater a day. Two of 11 balls of yarn finished and I’m still enjoying it so far. We’ll see where I am next week when I have to pick up stitches.
So this week’s works in progress are both purple. Well one is a long term WIP but as I mentioned Monday I am weakly attempting to finish my Bayside for VK-Live, Jan 17/18. So how much progress was made before I put the sweater down and wandered off to knit some heavier weight sweaters?
Yeah, that’s it, and there is a good chance I will have to frog that as the stitch count seems to be off. I have printed out a fresh copy of the pattern and will be double checking my numbers before I do anything drastic so we’ll see what happens.
On to more sensible projects. The Snapdragon Tam is growing. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week and move up to the matching honey cowl.
In other less purple news Christmas is Coming. I’ll be putting together Christmas Cards. So drop me a line with your address at 1geek2craftall [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will pop a card over to you. I will likely drop them all in the mail some time next week. So let’s say email me by Weds Dec 17th and I’ll mail everything out Thursday the 18th and yes international addresses too!
I haven’t cast on a sweater yet…we’ll see how long that lasts. I do have Bayside on the needles so I could start lugging that around again, but alternating skeins means its a big project to carry around. For the weekend I have pulled some hat projects.
I cast on a simple 1×1 rib hat using my hand spun.
It’s pretty much going to be a free form hat as long as the yarn allows. I have about 230 yards, so it should be enough for a warm hat and a fold over brim. I also will be working on my sister’s Rikkie hat, and lastly casting on Flintshire again. I think along with my hat adventures I should make a few more pairs of mitts. I always seem to be missing those.
How goes the progress on 12 in 2o14? And the Goals for 2014? Pretty darn good.
1. I frogged the Flintshire since I had no idea what row I was working on. Seemed like the best plan of action. The yarn is waiting, and since I have decided to either make sweaters or hats, its a good time to pick it back up.
2. Artichoke French
3. Alta I have been working on sweaters I have the yarn for. So this has been put to the back burner until I buy the yarn for it. I have five sweaters worth of yarn not on the needles and none would work (sock weight, bulky) But – Rocky Coast and Down East means progress right?
4. A project with sparkle yarn
5. Handspun Socks – Still spinning
6. Pendulum Shawl
7. Bowties are cool
8. A pair of socks ….
9. Finish Color Affection
10. Finish Bloomery er…
12. Finish Spinning Blue Fiber
Bonus: Knit items from books I own:
- Artichoke French
Sub bonus? Knit from patterns I own:
- Rocky Coast (also 2013 goal!)
More Festivals/Shows/Conventions (Last year was, Rhinebeck, Hallockville, VKL (NYC), & NYCC) I’d like to do all those again and add MDSW, and maybe Stitches East as a day trip. No Maryland but maybe Stitches East will still happen. So Stitches East is the same weekend as NYCC, The Kings Fiber Festival, and the New York Yarn Crawl. Geez.
More Sweaters – Two done two on the needles
More Designing –
More Spindles – May have a Rhinebeck plot….
More Spinning Year of Handspun
- Knitting with Handspun. Um…I’m planning to make a hat or two?
More pattern releases (I have so many half done design projects I need to start sharing)I’ve been doing a lot more submissions so I’m working towards that
Vacation – There is talk about doing a weekend in DC. We got a cottage, I’m counting Rhinebeck. 😀 Plus I have a bunch of long weekends in October.
- Do the holiday knitting for the shop throughout the year – well I am signed up for Christmas in July, even donated a prize. I just need to cast on
Collaboration If you went to Knit Dizzney I was in the gift bag. I’m one of the sponsors for the New York Yarn Crawl and have a few prizes out for KAL’s Who’s doing the Pigskin Party? I have prizes there. Not exactly what I had in mind but all fun.
Well usually I would post a FO on Friday, but I have finished the body of the sweater. And Have picked up the stitches to knit the collar. And I was smart enough to get pictures before I had a weird bowl shape with oddly placed holes.
I’m quite pleased with this sweater and how quickly its going. I’m already far enough along with the collar that I think I can finish it tonight and then just have the sleeves to knit then I shall cast on Pumpkin Ale and see how that goes.
Fingers crossed though I’m sure Instagram will know of my victory or defeat rather quickly.
Yes Lavender, the plant not the color. A friend went out of town and had Lavender growing wild on the family’s property. She knows I’ve been going wildly anti-moth after cleaning out the stash and finding a couple of leftover (thanfully!) skeins infested. They were all isolated from the rest of the stash but I had a plan of attack. I have cedar and lavender satchels in the yarn, fiber, and FO drawer. One must always remember, ‘There is no ‘overkill.’ There is only ‘open fire’ and ‘I need to reload.’
So I opened the box she had grabbed and I started working based on the instructions on this Wiki-how article. I decided to do both methods, with the majority being hanging lavender to dry in the liquor armoire. I didn’t have rubber bands so instead I used really tightly tied acrylic yarn.
This is the longer method taking two to four weeks but seemed like a better plan as one thing that sun drying recommended was a not too humid area. Summer in NYC that’s not humid? I wish. Dry heat is something I have only ever experienced in TX and AZ.
I placed the leftovers in the craft room widow which gets the most sun of the entire apartment. I figure if it fails no worries. So the armoire set should be ready right about my birthday. I’ll keep track of it int he coming weeks, maybe daily progress on Instagram if something interesting happens.
I think if nothing else the armoire will smell great every time I open it to make a drink. and I may make off with a sprig to hang on the wall over the stash.