Friday, August 20, 2010

Hat to dye for (and Pi too)

My knitting mojo is back with a vengeance. The Pi Shawl is coming along nicely and here is a photo with the first and second parts complete.

Knitting this is making me very happy and the fact that the pattern is broken into pieces is a bonus. When a portion is published, I knit on it until finished and then go back to my other project (which I really need to blog about).

What I really want to blog about is a hat that came out in the newest edition of Vogue Knitting. Color work calls to me and this hat just made my heart do cartwheels.

Buying new yarn hasn't really been on my list of things to accomplish so I searched through that big bag of KnitPicks Palette and found some things that might just work.

The pink was not 'wine' enough. Then thoughts went running through my mind and a pretty good idea came.

Some of the pink yarn went onto the knitty knoddy

and was cooked....for too long! The yarn turned black with too much dye.

After a second try, the perfect shade was produced

The first try is on the right and the second on the left

This is the color before and after

All ready to cast-on.


Walden said...

Your Pi Shawl is looking lovely. I just love the colors in it, it kind of reminds me of the child's cereal Fruity Pebbles.

The dyeing worked wonderfully. Can't wait to see some of your colorwork. I have yet to try anything like that.

Sheila Joynes said...

I am excited about seeing your progress. I like the way your dye project turned out. It will be fun to see it in a different colorway and yarn.

Jeanne said...

Love the dyed yarn - perfect color! I never would have thought about doing that (dyeing vs buying) - very clever!