Monday, November 9, 2009

Ty Dy, Sock Blanks, and a Serious Request

The Ty Dy socks are finished, and ready to send to Dee in North Carolina. I love how they came out, though I rather wish that the long streak of dark color at the heel had been livened up a bit with some lime green. This is the first time I've knit with Ty Dy (from Knit One Crochet Too)- it's very soft. I wonder how well it's going to hold up.

Remember back in August when I dyed SAFF class sample yarns and sock blanks with my 8 year old helper? Well, the dyed sock blanks had been hanging over the drying rack in my bathroom ever since (three months, if you're counting). Last night, after finishing the Ty Dys, I decided it was finally time to do something with them.

For those who don't know, Knit Picks Sock Blanks differ from some of the other undyed pre-knit sock yarns in that they're knit with a double strand, which makes dyeing identical pairs as easy as it can be. It also makes knitting two socks at a time a snap. Unfortunately, I don't knit two socks at a time. I'm a confirmed dpn-er, and while I can cast on two socks on separate sets of dpns, it's a pain to work them that way from a single ball of yarn (I'll do it if it's the only way to divide yarn, but otherwise... bleh).

So, I unraveled the blanks, and wound the strands into 2 identical balls. That took a bit of time, but was otherwise not a complicated procedure. Helper had requested that her yarn be knit into a scarf, rather than socks. I'll make her some sort of easy lace scarf, and will have plenty enough left over to knit a pair of fingerless mittens to match. I decided to make Christmas socks for the youngest Honorary Granddaughter with my yarn.

We'd been dyeing yarn for my SAFF class samples, none of which was pre-wet (dry yarn is needed for the that process), when we decided to use up the rest of the dye on the sock blanks. We painted (sprinkled, dabbed, spattered) dye on dry blanks (as opposed to the instructions which clearly state to wet the fabric in advance) so the colors didn't blend and soak through quite as well as they should have. On the other hand, I like heathery, mottled yarns, so I'm loving how my blank is knitting up. I thought I was going to be bothered by the curly yarn, but it's not an issue.

I'm using my generic sock pattern, with the addition of 4 rows of beads (added as I knit, with a little length of 28 gauge wire instead of a crochet hook). I think they're going to be adorable.

And now for something totally serious: Blog Friend and Frequent Poster Teklady27, is dealing with some serious health issues. Please send your prayers, wishes, and strong thoughts her way.


kaykatrn said...

ICK!!! I would have to get rid of those spiders. Wait, you said they eat other bugs? May have to rethink my state of gross-out. What a choice. I guess that's why my Mom always said to just leave it alone. Unless it's a black widow making eyes at you, of course. The only time I saw her even shoo off a spider was the time my brother tried to bring a family of tarantulas into the tent because it was freezing outside!

Layla said...

Just rereading the Tory Bauer books, which are some of my all time favourite crime novels. Always wondered about the author, and just googled you and found your blog. Thank you so much for the books - Delphi is a perfectly imagined world, and I re-immerse myself in it once a year or so. Your knitting looks pretty good, too.

Gnat said...

Very pretty socks! :) 3 months!! You are as bad as I am with setting yarn hangs for weeks in the bathroom! :)