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A Day to Dye For!

I had an awesome day on Saturday courtesy of my friend Vero. Yarn dyeing is something I have wanted to try for a while but didn’t have a clue where to start, so when Vero offered to show me the ropes I jumped at the chance!

I arrived on Saturday morning with my tubs of yarn that had been pre-soaked on Friday night…

Soaking wool

…and my sample pack of Landscape yarn dyes.

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Then Vero got out her yarn dyes…

Yarn Dyes

…we couldn’t help but line them all up in colour order and stand back and admire…look at all those lovely colours to play with!

Then the fun really started 🙂 Armed with our big pots and canvases of blank yarn it was tricky to know where to start, so many possibilities lay ahead.

Yarn for Dyeing

I decided to do a solid colour first on some chunky mohair and borrowed some of Vero’s ‘Rust’ dye. In it went!

Dyeing yarn

It was a bit too bright at first for my liking so I added a touch of ‘wombat’, a dark brown colour which made it a really deep orange.

Next into the pot was some 2 ply lace yarn. I had visions of a duck egg blue for this one but it came out more turquoise…I have a pretty beaded shawl in mind for this one.

Dyeing lace yarn

After 2 solid dyes I was ready for a bit of experimenting with colour grading. Here is an action shot of some chunky baby alpaca using the leftover wombat colour.

Dip dyeing

I also had a little bit of undyed cashmere in my stash so I treated that one to a dye bath of 3 colours.

Dyeing Cashmere

Next up was 2 skeins of superwash merino. I decided to do these both the same colour with the vision of making a small short sleeve cardigan (if I have enough) I used a whole sample pot of the ‘Lichen’ dye but when I put the yarn in I resisted the urge to swash everything about so that it would have different depths of colour. I’m really pleased with the way this came out.

Merino dyeing

Last up I had a little ball of silk. And here I must apologise profusely to Vero as I rather overestimated the amount of dye I would need for such a small amount of yarn. It dawned on me this morning that in my wisdom when I decided to weigh the yarn and calculate the amount of dye required I didn’t take into account that said yarn was very wet! Hence we had enough Plum dye going to have redyed our whole days efforts twice over, oops! As it turned out Vero had to raid some more of her stash to plop into the dye bath. I do hope she will forgive me for my rookie error, I’m hoping the fact that it is a very very lovely colour will make up for it!!

As well as the abundance of plum yarn Vero also dyed some beautiful blue and green yarns that she is going to crochet into a blanket.

Dyed yarn drying

And some lovely dusky pinks and purples

Dyed yarn

All in all it was a fantastic day, I learnt tons in great company and I really hope we can do some more soon! Now I just need to decide what to make with it all….

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Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Fir Cone and Quilted Lattice Stitch

This weeks sample patterns are the Fir Cone and the Quilted Lattice Stitches taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

Fir Cone

Worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 1.

Fir Cone

The sample shown is worked over 41 sts.

Rows 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: K1 [yo, k3, sl1-k2tog-psso, k3, yo, k1] 4 times, k1
Rows 10, 12, 14 and 16: K2tog [k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1-k2tog-psso] 4 times, k1

Repeat rows 1 -26

Quilted Lattice

Worked over a multiple of 6 sts +3

Quilted Lattice

The sample shown is worked over 33 sts.

Row 1 (WS) and all other wring side rows: Purl
Row 2: K2 [sl5 wyif, k1] 5 times, k1
Row 4: K4 [insert needle under the loose strand and knit the next stitch bringing the stitch out under the strand, k5] 5 times, k1
Row 6: K1, sl3 wyif [k1, sl5 wyif] 4 times, end k1, sl3 wyif, k1
Row 8: K1 [knit the next stitch under the loose strand, k5] 5 times, end last repeat with a k1


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)
Sl – slip stitch
wyif – with yarn in front

Happy knitting! x

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Beads, trains and sea sparkle!

March and April are turning out to be crazy months where the social diary has exploded and we have something on every weekend now until the first weekend in May! Whilst that means we have lots of fun things to look forward to it does mean that I am going to need to squeeze in extra knitting time during the week to keep on track with my C&G course. I have made great progress on module 5 so far and next up is beading samples.

Beads

Last weekend was spent by the seaside visiting my friend, it was the first weekend this year when it really felt like Spring was on it’s way. Just look at that blue sky!

Worthing

Worthing Pier

Work is also seeing me travel to London a bit more frequently so in order to stay on track I have started making samples on the commute.

Train Knitting

This coming weekend is one that I have been particularly looking forward to as I am getting together with my friend I met at knitting group to take my first steps in yarn dyeing! I have lots of lovely undyed yarn and a sample kit of dyes from Wingham Wool Work in the Mountain Colour range.

Undyed Yarn

I can’t wait to see what colours these skeins become. To get inspired I have been looking through my postcard box and Pinterest to see what combinations catch my eye. Here are a few of my favourites.

Watercolour Painting - Sunset Storm Seascape

This watercolor painting “Tormenta” is an original watercolour painting by professional Artist Brazen Edwards. Photo taken from Pinterest

Succulent Gradient

Photo from Pinterest

Beach sun

Sea sparkle! Photo from Pinterest

I had better stop there otherwise I will be here for hours!! I’ll let you know how it all goes next week…

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Flame Chevron and Cane Stitch

This weeks sample patterns are the Flame Chevron taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker, and the Cane Stitch from the Treasury of Knitting Patterns also by Barbara Walker.

Flame Chevron

Worked over a multiple of 7 sts + 4.

Flame Chevron

The sample shown is worked over 32 sts.

Rows 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl
Row 2: K3 [ssk, k5, yo] 4 times, k1
Row 4: K3 [ssk, k4, yo, k1] 4 times, k1
Row 6: K3 [ssk, k3, yo, k2] 4 times, k1
Row 8: K3 [ssk, k2, yo, k3] 4 times, k1
Row 10: K3 [ssk, k1, yo, k4] 4 times, k1
Row 12: K3 [ssk, yo, k5] 4 times, k1
Row 14: K1 [yo, k5, k2tog] 4 times, k3
Row 16: K2 [yo, k4, k2tog, k1] 4 times, k2
Row 18: K3 [yo, k3, k2tog, k2] 4 times, k1
Row 20: K4 [yo, k2, k2tog, k4] 4 times
Row 22: K5 [yo, k1, k2tog, k4] 3 times, yo, k1, k2tog, k3
Row 24: K6 [yo, k2tog, k5] 3 times, yo, k2tog, k3

Repeat rows 1 -24

Cane Stitch Pattern (or Grand Picot Eyelet)

This simple mesh stitch is worked over 3 rows so is completely reversible.

Worked over a multiple of 3 sts + 4 edge sts

Cane Stitch Blocked

The sample shown is worked over 34 sts.

Row 1: K2 [sl1-k2tog-psso, yo twice] 10 times, k2
Row 2: K2 [*p1, k1* into the double yarnover, p1] 10 times, k2
Row 3: Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 3

The sample shown above has been blocked but this stitch also works well unblocked as it has a lovely textured ‘waffley’ effect.

Cane Stitch unblocked

Cane Stitch


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)

Happy knitting! x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Pillar & Web Stitch and Garland Pattern

The samples I have been working on this week are the pretty Pillar & Web pattern and the eyelet band Garland Pattern, both taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

Pillar & Web

Pillar and Web Stitch

This pattern is unusual as it is worked using 2 different needle sizes, one needle being 4 sizes than the other! It is worked over a multiple of 6 sts + 2.

The sample shown is worked over 38 sts, using a 4mm and a 6mm needle.

Rows 1 (WS): With the large needle, knit
Row 2: With the smaller needle, k1 [*skip the next 3 sts and purl the 4th st, drawing it off the needle over the 3 skipped sts* repeat this step 3 times, purl the 3 skipped sts] 6 times, k1

Repeat rows 1 and 2

The reverse side of this pattern is also very pretty.

Pillar & Web WS

Garland Pattern

Worked over a multiple of 7 sts

Garland Stitch

The sample shown is worked over 35 sts.

Rows 1 – 4: Knit
Row 5 (WS): Purl
Rows 6, 7, 8 and 9: Knit
Row 10: [K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1] 5 times
Row 11: [P2tog-tbl, yo, p3, yo, p2tog] 5 times
Row 12: [K1, yo, k2tog, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1] 5 times
Row 13: [P1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog-tbl, yo, p1] 5 times
Row 14: [K2, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2] 5 times
Rows 15, 16, 17 and 18: Knit
Row 19: Purl
Row 20: Knit

Repeat rows 5 – 20


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together
P2tog-tbl – Purl 2 stitches together through the back loops
p2tog – Purl 2 stitches together
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)

Happy knitting! x