What patterns are good for variegated yarns?

I continue to dye yarn and that’s not a big surprise lately!  I go to bed at night thinking about what colors I want to use next and the next thing I know the alarm is going off.  It must be time to get up and dye yarn before I have to go to my “real” job that actually allows me to have money to purchase more “sheep”, oh, I mean wool.

I was wondering what patterns you have found that work well for variegated yarns? Feedback is most welcome!

Here’s a list to get us started with:

Cookie A’s Monkey Socks

Flecktone fingerless gloves by Susan Moskwa

The Colorist

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

Miss Winkle

Rainbow Warrior (added this link on July 1st, 2016)

Here is a recently dyed hank of sock yarn and I think I’ll try a cowl or shawl and use the variegated yarn on one row and a coordinating semi-solid on the next.  Hopefully that will prevent some pooling of colors.

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Plumeria on a base of 100% superwash merino sock yarn

 

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Spring Jewel

Here are pictures of my second yarn dyeing project. I used the leftover dye from my “First Day of Spring” color way and added a green and blue Easter Egg dye pellet. I absolutely LOVE the tonal coloring in the skein.  I used the same base, Knit Picks Bare Fingering Weight yarn since I plan on using the two colors, plus a third not yet dyed, to make a shawl.

Second skein - spring Jewel

Second skein dyed – called Spring Jewel

Spring Jewel - being washed

Spring Jewel – being washed

I had very little color bleed out of the yarn as I washed it with some Soak wool wash.

Spring Jewel

Here is the yarn wound into a skein

This picture shows the yarn a tad bluer than it really is but you can see the different shading.  I am ecstatic how easy it is to turn bare yarn into something so pretty!

As I was twisting this yarn into a hank, I had my third yarn simmering away.  You’ll see that in my next post.

My first adventure in yarn dyeing!

I’ve wanted to dye some yarn for a shawl design I have in my head.  I’ve been watching YouTube videos from ChemKnits and tried to replicate the yarn in her Easter Egg pellet dyeing experiment.

I started out with a hank of yarn from KnitPicks called Bare fingering weight yarn composed of 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon.

What I love about this technique is seeing how the bare yarn sucks in the color.  Now, I had watched another of Rebecca’s tutorials on the differences with dyeing a loosely wound cake of yarn vs. a regular cake of yarn.  I probably should have re-wound the cake so it was looser but I kept an eye on the yarn and poked around the inside and when I saw lots of white, I let the dye soak into that section and I moved around the inside of the hank.  I also made sure that the my cake of yarn was completely submerged because I didn’t want a lot of white.  Once the yarn was cooling, I put a little clear Pyrex glass container to keep the cake submerged.

Here are the pictures of the progress.

Just submerged

Just submerged

Cooling down

Cooling down after simmering approximately 40 minutes to get most of the color in.

Niddy noddy

Beginning to wind the cool wet yarn onto my homemade niddy noddy.

Middle of the cake

Middle of the cake of yarn. I’d put a blue and purple tablet inside the cake.

Drying now

All wound up and drying

Leftover dye

Leftover dye that I’ll use to make a tonal color

Wound up

Wound up into a hank

First Day of Spring color way

I am so excited to introduce my first color way, “First Day of Spring”.

As I write this post, my second hank of yarn in a turquoise tonal color is outside on my porch in the 42 degree Fahrenheit weather, cooling down so I can wind it on my niddy noddy.  I’d told my husband that I needed another one so I could have more yarn drying at the same time.

Uh oh…..do you know what that means?

I think I’ve created a monster — I might be addicted to yarn dying!

 

 

Road Trip!!

My friends from the Yarn Garden in Charlotte, MI and I had a blast on our road trip to Ft. Wayne, IN.  We visited Simply Sock Yarn Company and Knitting Off Broadway.  My friends are such great enablers!  I stocked up on “sheep” and my husband asked me how many sheep’s worth of yarn did I buy!

I was so excited to go into the Simply Sock Yarn company building that I forgot to take a picture.  We spent quite a while in the store squishing yarn hank after yarn hank.  Here is a sampling of yarn:

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Afterwards, we went to lunch at Acme.  Burgers and BBQ – Yum!

Lunch at Acme

Lunch at Acme

After lunch, we drove to Knitting Off Broadway and bought more goodies.  I even bought the needle I required for my 3 color Cashmere cowl project so I could cast-on while we headed back home. Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry.

Here is a picture of my “enablers”!

My enablers

My “Enablers” and I –

Left to right: Jean, Susan, Kassie and myself.

On the way back, Kassie suggested we stop off at DeBrand Chocolatiers.  Oh boy was it good.  We had a pecan caramel dessert and we were glad they had water to wash down all the sugar!

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Well, it’s time for me to get to some knitting!

Can’t show you….

I am working on a twisted stitch design for top down socks. I started one sock and got half-way done using my standard needle size of 2.25mm. Since the design has a lot of stitches, I increased my stitch count from 64 to 72. HOWEVER….silly me, it “looked” like enough stitches to fit my foot. I bet you can guess what I am going to write next huh?  

Well, the sock doesn’t fit. Since my design is pretty set to use the entire front half of the sock, there really wasn’t any logical way to modify the pattern for additional stitches. Plus, I really liked the design as it was.  So, I started another sock using 2.5mm DPNs. The fabric that is created is less stiff and I’m pleased with it. 

I would show you, but my goal for this year is to submit the design to a magazine and I can’t have any pictures posted online so for now, you will have to wait to see!

Twisted Stitches fascination

I’ve realized I’ve fallen in love with twisted-stitch designs! I’ve been trying to understand how they work and found a lot of examples in the April 2015 Sock Knitter’s Anonymous thread on Ravelry. From there, I started looking at various patterns to see which stitches are used to create the various types of designs. In my on-line travels, I ran across a set of German books detailing typical Bavarian/Austrian designs and motifs. One problem though — I can’t read German! So I continued to look for images and websites for information on the technique. I ran across a reference to this book, Twisted-Stitch Knitting, which was a translation of the German ones.

It’s arrived at my doorstep and I’ve gone through the book a few times, tagging various pages and the ideas are flowing!

Knitters jewelry idea

My best friend, Michele, is very creative. My birthday was last month and I was joking around that I play with sticks and strings. Guess what?!  

She made me this pendant for my birthday!

  
She is also selling them in her Etsy store, Chelster’s Creations, here.  

Have you ever used these?

Hi there! I am working on another pair of soon-to-be released socks on Ravelry. I needed a better picture for the pattern. So here I am at work in my lunch hour and I don’t have any stitch markers. Hmmm…..

So I decide to get creative and use these!!

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So paper clips work for the time being and let me enjoy the relaxing art of knitting at lunchtime.

If any Raveler out there is willing to participate in the Free Pattern Testers group for this sock pattern, here is the link to the thread.

Not really a gift but I’m pushing!

I’m working on a new fair isle hat design since my husband asked for another hat. I figured I could accomplish two things at once! Even though it is not a gift, I’m still pushing to get it done. It’s easier for me to do fair isle when it’s not noisy so over the course of the next few days, I envision family and noise.

Here is a sneak peek. My design includes a Latvian braid of sorts. I hear it’s also called the Herringbone stitch.

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Well, Merry Christmas to my blog readers and I hope you enjoy the holiday and remember the REAL reason for the season.

Starting to heal

Well, I’ve not been able to knit for a few months because of an injury to my right elbow which I had surgically fixed last week.  Now, I’m in the healing process.  I tried knitting two days ago, after I got the cast off, but I only made it 6 stitches before I had to put the work down.

I’ve completed another design for a cowl with sock-weight yarn and will be publishing that soon in Ravelry.