Hand dyed Lush cardigan – FO

Hello everyone,

Today I finally have the photos of my finished hand dyed Lush cardigan. This has been finished for weeks but it took me a little while to get it blocked and photographed. I finally persuaded my other half to come and take some photos of me wearing it and the light was almost obliging. I dyed the yarn back in June and cast it on as soon as it was dry enough for me to do so. The pattern I used was Lush by Tin Can Knits, I have knit this once before and I absolutely love the pattern.

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This colour is rather tricky to photograph, especially with the pattern showing. But take it is a mixture of purples from the light to the dark. I made it a little longer than my last one and I am super happy with the fit of it.
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So what colour next? I now have a blue one and a purple one!

 

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Finished hiking boot socks.

Hello everyone,

How is it going?

I have a FO to share with you today. Remember by rainbow dyed wool? Well yesterday I finished them up! They are super colourful and I love them. I dyed 100g of DK weight wool in a range of colours to test out some new dyes, and I thought what better way to use the wool than to make rainbow socks for my feet. I am off for a walk tomorrow so I will be wearing these in my boots, can’t wait!

I improvised a pattern and I used about 75g of the wool. I cast on 48 stitches onto 3mm needles and knit until I liked the cuff length, I then turned the heel and knit until the toe. Nothing special, but I think the wool speaks for itself.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I am seeing relatives so I am not sure how much knitting I will be getting done, but I hope it will be at least a little bit.

Happy crafting.

WIP update

Hi everyone,

What glorious weather we are having in the UK. It is a little on the warm side but I am not going to complain. A few sleepless nights and hot days are worth it to finally see some of summer! It has meant a little less knitting time though, but I have managed to get some done. I have some updates on some hand dyed yarn, they are slowly turning into projects. Want to see?

Well I have been working on two projects (both with hand dyed yarn), one is a pair of socks, and so far they have gone from this… to this:

I am about to start the heel on the second sock, DK yarn certainly makes for speedy socks!

The second hand dyed project I have been working on is my second Lush cardigan (pattern by TinCanKnits). I am super excited about this project. I started off by dyeing five skeins of yarn purple (my favourite colour), and watching it work up is awesome!

So far my yarn is turning from this… to this:

I have worked and blocked the lace panel, I have picked up and knit the colour and I am now working down the body. I am about to divide for the arms. I have a long train journey coming up so I am planning to make a decent dent in the st-st body whilst on the train. It will be perfect train knitting and I hope to get a good bit done!

I hope you are enjoying the weather everyone. I am off now to make a lemon tart to take to a friends house tomorrow (she is making the dinner, I am making the pudding) and then I am going to go and flop in the garden with a book.

Happy crafting!

Yarn dyeing attempt 4 – purple!

Hello everyone,

So as promised I am back with my next attempt at yarn dyeing! I mentioned to you last time that I got some new dyes, and that I wanted to dye enough yarn for another Lush cardigan. Well, I got my dye pots back out, some wiltons violet and progel rainbow dust purple and I set to work.

A few hours of winding, dyeing and rinsing later… I ended up with five skeins in a colour I am ecstatic with. A few days of drying later and I can finally share with you the finished product! Here it is… see below for the dyeing details.

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There you have it… five skeins of purple yarn!

So the details. Well I started off with Cascade 220 superwash in the winter white colourway. This comes in balls, so I wound it off into skeins by wrapping it around my table. I then soaked each skein in warm water until fully saturated (about 30 minutes).

After it was soaked, I put about one litre of warm water into a large pot, I then added a teaspoon of citric acid, 1/2 teaspoon wilton’s violet and half a teaspoon of progel rainbow dust purple. I then mixed it all up before adding the presoaked yarn. I prodded it around for a little to make sure the dye got to all parts of the yarn.I then simmered it for 30 minutes until the water was clear. Once clear, I drained the yarn and rinsed with warm water for a few minutes. I then hung it up to dry. I repeated this for the rest of the skeins and then waited patiently for them to dry. Until I ended up with the above ๐Ÿ˜€

I am now balling the first skein up so that I can start my Lush. I will alternate these skeins when I am knitting as they are variegated, as is the nature of hand dyed yarn. Happy, happy days ๐Ÿ˜€

Dyeing adventures take three

Hello everyone,

How is it going? All has been good here, although I am still waiting for summer to arrive in our little corner of the UK. Our vegetable patch needs some work, but sadly with all of the rain we have been having, it has been feeling a little neglected. Oh well, saves on the watering!

Whilst we have been having all of this rainy weather, I have been partaking in some yarn dyeing. I am today going to share with you my latest skeins of yarn.

I recently decided I wanted to make another lush cardigan (first one here). But not only did I decide that, I decided that I wanted to dye the yarn for it! Nuts right? Well nuts as it may be, I excitedly ordered 500g of undyed worsted weight yarn and some new dyes. I ordered some Wilton’s food colouring gel. As this is a new to me dye, I decided to get some practice in before I tried to dye 500g of yarn! Sensible I thought…. plus it means more time to play with dye. So I bought two 50g balls of superwash wool (DK) in the clearance section, got out the dyes, pots, citric acid and gloves and off I went.

I decided on six colours in the end (I added one after this photo). The colours I went with were green, orange, blue, red, yellow and then I added some purple. I used the same method as when I dyed with kool aidย in that I soaked the yarn in water before starting, then put the yarn into new water (this time with added citric acid, about 1.5 tsp) and then dropped dyes on top. I then warmed it up for about 30 minutes, let it cool and then washed it out. I then hung it up to dry and this was the result

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Excuse the messy skeins… I found it hard to skein these with the ties attached for some reason!

I am really pleased with them. The skeins are different, but they have the same colours running through them. I am going to turn these into walking boot socks. I know they don’t have nylon in, so won’t be as hard wearing as they could be… but they will be perfect for walking boots and I know I will get some good use out of them ๐Ÿ˜€

Now I am all practiced… onto the 500 g sweater weight! This will at least be one colour (purple)… I will let you know how I get on soon!

Socks, socks and more socks!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well, I have been busy plodding on as usual, but importantly I have managed to scrape some time together to get some knitting done!

Recently as usual socks have featured heavily on my agenda. There is something about picking up a sock WIP and getting a few easy rows in. In the last few weeks I have been working on two pairs of socks. One is my longstanding second pair of hand dyed socks (these have been interrupted my more urgent projects countless times) and the second is a pair of birthday socks for my mum (one of the interruptions!).

Here are a couple of photos of them, they are both very brightly coloured, perfect for this time of year.

The hand dyed sock has progressed since this picture, it is now past the gusset stage and about halfway down the foot. As for the birthday pair, well they have safely been received by my mum. She adores them – I should hope so as she chose the yarn!

I am already dreaming about my next pair of socks, I quite fancy making some monster socks like the ones I blogged about here and here.

New projects!

Hey everyone,

Last time we spoke I mentioned that I had no projects on the needles and I didn’t even know what to cast on…. I know terrible right? Well since then I have cast on a couple of projects. I couldn’t decide so I cast on a sock with my hand dyed yarn (see here) and a baby blanket using the leftover yarn from this project.

So first up the socks. I dyed this yarn a while back now, and for one reason or another it has taken me this long to cast it on! When I dyed it I was hoping for single row stripes, and thankfully my plan worked! Here is the beginning of a sock, next to the skein it is being knitted from.

It is kind of hard to see the stripes here…. but they are definitely present! They are single row stripes as I hoped.

Next up I cast on a baby blanket using leftover wool. I am planning for a rainbow colour order. Here it is so far.

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For this I cast on 120 stitches onto 4mm needles. I am doing 6 row stripes with a 5 stitch garter border on each side. I am following a pattern from this ravelry projectย which I found via Pinterest. My blanket has a little way to go yet, but I am hoping that one day it will be as lovely as the one in the link!

Happy knitting everyone ๐Ÿ™‚