Monday, 16 August 2010

Pair #4 of 26 - Snakes on a Sock!

Do you remember Lime & Violet? I miss their podcast, they always made me smile (or laugh my pants off). Way back in the early days, they were disucssing the film "Snakes On A Plane", of which I haven't seen due to not liking planes basically. Or anything more scary than the wicked witch in Snow White. 

Anyway... they decided snakes on a sock would be cooler, and designed a pattern! I've been wanting to knit it ever since I heard about it, and suddenly I had the chance! Well, I've always had the chance, but I really took it this time.

I love the pattern, it has snakes on the pages :D I love this yarn which is Bergere de France Opal Planete. Lovely stuff to work with. Want more.

Awwwww look at the cute ickle snakes on a sock!

I've been spinning too. I finished the Yummy Yarn UK's Wensleydale, and plyed that up, its soaking in the sink right now. I also spun the Ryeland batt, and plyed that up, and its also soaking in the sink right now. I've started spinning the lapis lazuli batts that KnitCave and I made, and OMG they are beautiful. Pictures when I remember. Here is a last minute picture of the Ryeland:
Yeah, very last minute. Must remember to take more pictures. Heh.
xxx Elle xxx

Saturday, 14 August 2010


Remember that stuff? Yeah, thats the corriedale I spun for the Tour de Fleece 2010. That was supposed to be thin enough for the Veil of Isis shawl... but has become Mythos from instead.

Oh yes... its finished. As you can see... the sleeves are a tad too long. Just a little bit. But hey, I'd rather they be too long than too short and me constantly tugging on them!

My seams aren't as invisble as I'd hoped. I did a duplicate stitch to join the side seams, since its knit sideways. The sleeves... well, I mastered mattress stitch for that :D 

I'm very happy with this though. I made this cardie from scratch sort of. The corriedale was already prepared :P Maybe that should be my next challenge... get some raw fleece, prepare it, then spin and knit it...

Nah, that sounds far too much work :P

xxx Elle xxx

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dye day at KnitCave's house :)

Haha! Dyed yarn and fibre, yes, I can tick that off the list of crafting things to do now :)

Yesterday KnitCave was the most awesome person ever, and let me come round her house (there was jackhammering and noise and dust going on in my house, so I needed to escape!), and we did dyeing! I'd asked for a custom order of her Cavern base sock yarn in an olive/khaki green as solid as we could get it. And KnitCave let me help her :D :D

So she let me mix up the dye (plastic syringes OMG!), and then we shoved it in a large pot, and shoved the pre-soaked yarn base into it. Fun! We also shoved some mohair lace in there too :D

And then, she let me mix up more dye! YAY! And I watched her dip dye some more sock yarn, and then we shoved fibre in the remains! Look at what we got:

Thats two skeins of the dip dyed, and one skein of the olive/khaki. 

Thats both of the olive/khaki, I bought the one on the right :D

On the left we have the mohair lace, which soaked up the remains from the olive/khaki dye. On the right is some merino/bamboo fibre that soaked up the reamins of one of the other dye baths. 

More merino/bamboo fibre soaking up the remains of another dye bath! I think this one is my favourite (seriously, what is up with my attraction to blue and green fibre at the moment?!)

And the last merino/bamboo fibre from the other dye bath. I didn't like it in the bath, but when KnitCave pulled it out and rinsed it, wow, its intense! 

And I'm sure you'll be able to buy all of this stuff from her Folksy store soon :D

Now, you'd think I would be exhausted after all that dyeing right?! Oh no, not yet!

KnitCave got out her drumcarder and we made batts! YAY! First we made a batt from ryeland, which is very... sticky type fibre lol. It has a long staple, but its very sticky. Thats all I can describe it as! Of course, I don't have a picture of that batt yet. But the other batts we made:

Lapis lazuli batts!!!!!!!!!!! YAY! They have blue merino in various shades of blue, some pale grey angora (BUNNY FLUFF!!!!) and gold trylobal nylon sparkleys :D I was the fluffer, and fluffed out the fibre to go into the drum carder, KnitCave sprinkled angora and sparkleys every so often on to it, and we have 3 pretty batts! Mmmmm. Can't wait to spin those up!

So yes, now I am exhausted! In fact, I went home and did nothing!

Thanks again KnitCave, you are super!

xxx Elle xxx


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