A lovely lady at work has a vest that another co-worker and I want to make . . . it’s really pretty and she let me take it home this weekend to dissect it. . .

I’ve made a schematic and I am working my way towards a pattern, but unfortunately for me, I have to swatch to make the final result come out correctly, or at least that is the thought that I have about re-creating it. So, I am now swatching some yarn that I dyed last summer, with the intent of making Dark and Stormy   . . .Well, after the results of my dye job were finally untangled,

Whoops!! Holy Crap!

and the dyes were corrected (one contained more of one color than the other, and visa versa) this was the final product:

 

All Fixed and I love it!

I just knew that these wouldn’t work for the Dark and Stormy sweater.   So, they have been hibernating in the stash, and now I think I’ve come up with a good match! Tell me what you think of this swatch?  (And just to be clear, the skein being used is the one that really doesn’t match the rest of the other skeins in that dye job. . .  but it works well for swatching!

Swatch for Anita's Vest

No trip to the house this week, we are waiting for the insurance check to get here. . .

Well, first off, last weekend we went on a 2.0+ Mile hike to the top of the East Pinnacle trail, that is very near our house. We had just been waiting for some cooler weather, and it finally arrived! We had a choice to go east or west, but we chose East –

It was quite a haul up there, but I think the trek was worth it to see this.  We didn’t even know there was a dam nearby!  We also came across this, which is really wild:

Sand in Granite

Embedded sand pebbles -

What glacier did that come in on?  I mean whoa, there isn’t anything like this rock any where in town, or in the neighboring towns that we’ve seen.  Pretty cool, huh?

And on the fiber front, I am determined to make Dark and Stormy, yeah, like I need another sweater on the needles, but isn’t it pretty?  So, I decided to dye my own yarn, since 1.) I have lots of undyed here in the house, and 2.) I have the dyes  and a plan.  Yeah, well it went like this:

Whoops!! Holy Crap!

Yeah, I had made up some rose wood (color) early in the morning, decided against it, went with dried roses, and GD it, I grabbed the rose wood instead of the dark birch I had set to the side.  Well, as I was cleaning it all up I saw the dye and so, ok, make up more rose and add to bucket one and add the dark birch to bucket two and I now have this:

All Fixed and I love it!

I think that went pretty well, don’t you?  Well, sort of, I am now working on untangling all of this yarn since the skeins were not as securely tied as I thought.  ((SIGH))  That has how this whole weekend has gone. . . and it’s back to 75 degrees out there . . . double ((SIGH))!

Talk at you all soon!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for all the very nice comments last week on the Betty Roberts Wheel – she and I are still getting to know one another, but she is becoming a little more compliant! I bought some rubber grippers to put on the feet of my stool and I put her on a non skid liner shelf, and it all seems to be working out: 

Jumbo Plying Bobbin

First Spin - Cotswold


 

It’s major full, but according to the wraps on the skein winder I only managed to get 330 yards from 5 ounces of roving.  It seems wrong to me, and I need to recount the wraps I think, does anyone want to help?!  I am hoping to get enough yardage to make the Miralda’s Triangular Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia.

 

First Spin - Cotswold

Turkey Red Cotswold

So, although the color is a really pretty natural gray, I don’t really like gray on myself. . . it makes me look washed out and a bit sick.  So yesterday, after plying and soaking to set the twist, I took 1/16th of a teaspoon of Turkey Red Dye and added it to a tablespoon of citric acid crystals (I hate the smell of vinegar) and 1 teaspoon of sodium ash (this was for 5 ounces of yarn).  I threw this all into the extra crockpot, stuck it on the stove on low, and Chris and I went to dinner and the movies, only in reverse order.  We saw the new Quantum of Solace movie, and I just have to say that Daniel Craig, In My Personal Opinion, is the best James Bond out there.  He is one bad dude.  Anyway, I digress – this is the result of the crockpot dye when we got home: 

Turkey Red Cotswold

elfin-lace

So, what do you think?  It seems to have come out pretty well, and I just hope I can get the same color with the remaining cotswold I need to spin – I only have about four ounces left, so I may have to use two different yarns for this shawl.  I don’t necessarily think that would be bad though, as there are definite breaks in the pattern in this one.   

In the evenings I have been knitting my Walker Treasury Swatch:  Elfin Lace in Book one on page 208.  This is the best way to try all those yummy yarns out there that you want to make something with, but don’t know what!  Here is my swatch so far:

elfin-lace

elfin-lace

I have a really hard time with written instructions tho, so I would first have to chart this one out to make it! It wouldn’t be so bad though, since all the odd rows are purls –

Well, it’s off to help put away the groceries – so, hope you have a good week everyone!