Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Among Other Things

Today is my sister's 18th birthday. Thankfully, we aren't celebrating it until April 1st, because I'm nowhere near finishing her birthday present. I'm knitting her a Holden Shawlette, and I'm allowed to talk about it on a public blog because she picked out the pattern and the yarn. No pictures, though; I can keep that much a surprise.

I started the shawl yesterday, when the yarn for it, Knitpicks Gloss Fingering in Hawk, arrive in the mail. Also in the box was a skein of Bare Swish Worsted. First I dutifully cast on the shawl and worked a few rows, but then I got out the food coloring and started playing with my yarn.

I couldn't decide on a color theme, so I just did a little of everything, and came out with this:
The colorway is Impressionist, and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I put the yarn in a pot of water and vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while, and then added drops of dye here and there until I was satisfied. Then I added some more just to be safe. I hung it out to dry, and this afternoon I wound it into a ball and knit a swatch to see what it looked like knitted up. 

I'm thinking it'll be turned into a pair of fingerless gloves, or maybe two because I have 100 grams of this yarn. 

I'm linking with Tami's Amis today. 


  1. Ooh I like the way your dyed yarn came out! I've been meaning to try some dying myself, though I think I'll start with cascade so I won't feel bad if I don't like how it turns out ;)

  2. Beautiful yarn. What a unique way to dye.

  3. Love the yarn, it's so fun looking.
    I've never tried dyeing yarn, always though it would be too complicated. You make it sound like child's play!

    1. Thanks!
      It really is like child's play- just look up a few tutorials and wing it! After a few tries you'll have it down pat :)


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