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.
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.
So what colour next? I now have a blue one and a purple one!
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.
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 😀
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 😀
How are you all doing? I am fairly busy at work but thoroughly enjoying my evenings now it is lighter for longer. I have started sewing vegetable seeds in the garden and the bulbs are still looking fantastic, happy days.
But anyway, back to the point. I have a finished object for you. Last night I cast off my Lush cardigan (pattern by Tincanknits – available here) and I could not be happier. For this cardigan I used Cascade 220 worsted in the pacific colourway. I used just over 4 skeins and I made the XS version. I also modded the cardigan to make it a little longer in the body and with full length sleeves (the pattern has 3/4 length). Apart from that I did it as exactly as the pattern calls. Here it is in all of its Lush glory!
I am really pleased with it. I wore it all day today, but now it is in the sink waiting to be blocked. I was to eager to do it earlier, I just wanted to wear it!
Now I need to work out what project to cast on next. I currently have nothing on the needles and it feels really weird. I need to get thinking about what I want to cast on next. It is between some socks, possibly with my second skein of hand dyed yarn, or a baby blanket to use up the leftover yarn from my ripple blanket. I might need to draw a number out of a hat, because I really can’t decide!
So a few days ago I was very mean and said I was about to cast on a new project, but didn’t tell you what it was. Well I am now going to let you in on the secret (not that it was really a secret… but still)!
So, the project I cast on was a new cardigan, in fact the Lush cardigan by tincanknits. I have been eyeing this cardigan up for ages, in fact ever since I first saw it. I have no idea why it took me so long to cast this on, well I finally have and I am loving it. The pattern has an unusual construction in the fact that you start with the lace yoke, and then pick up stitches above and below for the rest of the cardigan.
I have so far done the lace panel, this then had to be blocked. Here is the lace panel, what do you think?
I think the hardest thing about this was trying to pin it out to the correct proportions (width wise), it took a lot of yanking. But I can report that it is now dry and it looks great (possible bias here). I am now off to pick up the stitches to make the collar.
I already can’t wait to be wearing this! Got a little knitting to go first though.