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 thought today I would show you a progress shot of the jumper I am working on. I mentioned it a while back on the blog and I have been making some progress on it in the background alongside some other projects. The pattern I am knitting is flax by tin can knits. It is a free pattern and it is a really great pattern if you are just learning to knit/ want to jump in and make your very first jumper. It is knit in the round and apart from a garter panel that runs down the sleeves it is all stockinette stitch. Perfect for sitting down under a blanket with a film on the TV. I am knitting it in Women’s institute purple aran weight wool that I got for free with a voucher from the newspaper. I had a 400g ball and it should be enough (I hope). I am currently about three quarters of the way down the main body with the sleeves on hold. So here it is! One purple jumper in progress. Hopefully I will have it off the needles before long as it is getting chilly!