Knitting the Light Fantastic

Knitting, spinning, dyeing and other crafty goodness

Busy, busy me

Posted by notthatkat on August 25, 2006

I’ve been very busy getting ready to go on vacation. There is no knitting progress to report. I’ve done maybe a round and a half on the blanket, not too bad considering I’ve got about 1300 stitches on the needles, but I’m not posting a picture. It doesn’t look any different, and the stitches are crammed so tightly onto my 32″ needle, it’s difficult to get a decent shot that doesn’t just look like big ol’ mess of lace all scrunched up

I have, however, managed to get a little dyeing done and try out a couple new colors. I have been multitasking this with getting paper work done at the office by using favorite tool for busy times: my designated dyeing/soaping crockpot:

I originally got this little baby (6 quarts) for making hot process soap several years ago, and I’ve found a second use for it in my dyeing efforts. I got a couple new colors of Gaywool dyes a little while ago, but hadn’t gotten a chance to try them out. So last night I loaded it up with dye and wool and let ‘er rip:
This is lavender. So far, I’m not impressed. It’s not bad, just a little anemic. I am so not a pastel person at this stage of my life. I’m resisting the urge to overdye this until I can get it combed or carded and spun. I think I want to comb it, but as I don’t yet own combs, this may have to wait until SAFF, where I hope to find a set I like. It it’s still not giving me joy, I’ll re-dye with more of the same and see if I can get the color a bit deeper.
I dyed more wool tonight in Lucerne. I love this one. It’s a rich deep green with blue-ish tones. It is very me.

In other news, I got a package in the mail yesterday from Tom and Linda Diak over at Grafton Fibers. A while back I got these hairsticks from their Ebay store. I love these sticks; they are so smooth and the spiral design holds my baby fine hair as well or better than anything I’ve ever tried.

I’ve been wanting to get a WPI gauge for a while now, but hadn’t found one I liked. So when one popped up in the store, I knew it would be a thing of beauty as well as a practical device. Since I was already paying shipping, I decided to treat myself to another pair of hairsticks in a different wood. They arrived yesterday:
But that’s not all. In lieu of packing material, they wrap their items in a bit of spinnable fiber. There was some in the package with my first sticks. Tom told me he was going to include an extra bit with this order. I never expected this:
Thank you, Tom. My cup runneth over.

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