Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yarny Goodness (Adriana)

Last month Phoe held a contest to celebrate her birthday (very generous of her). She had a number of different coloured packages and we were to pick a colour and she'd draw lots for the winner of each colour. I was thrilled to win the red package! It arrived in the mail last week but I had to wait until the weekend to get a decent picture (I'm really looking forward to longer daylight hours). Inside the red package was a gorgeous hank of laceweight by Yarn Chef (who I'd never heard of before) in the colourway Caribbean.
phoe yarn
Isn't it stunning? I think it would make a really nice spring shawl.
Phoe also included a beautiful bracelet she'd made which I love!

This Friday I got bit by the dyeing bug and I ended up spending my evening in the kitchen dyeing up a storm.

other yarns
The red is some sock yarn I'd gotten which was rather tame in colour so I decided to liven it up. I think this would make some lovely cabled socks.

The orange in the back is the yarn I'd dyed yellow to make the ill-fated Simply Lovely Lace Socks for Gen which ended up being teeny tiny. Luckily I have a friend with teeny tiny feet who is enjoying them right now. I ended up with a fair amount of the yellow yarn left so I overdyed it orange to use as the contrasting colour in a hat for a friend.

Since I now owed Gen some socks she requested self-striping socks in blue and green.
gen yarn
I hope this is what you had in mind!
I always enjoy dyeing self-striping yarn. It's fun to run back and forth across the apartment stretching it out and winding it back up again.

wound yarns
Here are all my yarns wound up. I've already cast on Gen's new socks which will be my bus knitting this week.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend. It's minus 28 here with windchill so I'm going to snuggle up with some knitting in front of the tv for the rest of the day :)


Bertha said...

Ah! I always see Yarn Chef ads in the Ravelry forums and it always looks so gorgeous! This is no exception! So pretty! Also pretty is all the yarn you painted! The dying bug never bit me but I love seeing everyone else's hand dyed stuff!

Heather G. said...

All that yarn looks fabulous! The Caribbean colourway couldn't be more aptly named, and I am sure that Gen will love her custom-dyed socks!

Team Knit ! said...

Those perfect little yarn cakes are absolutely lovely. I love that you customize you yarn- I'm not into dying just yet.

- Julie

happy2knit said...

Excellent dying - LOVE the orange/yellow and the red. Self striping sock yarn, eh? I think YOU are one of the annoyingly casual expert knitters I referred to a while back! ;-) Great job!

Anonymous said...

I love that laceweight!! I've really been wanting to get into dying my own yarn but I live in a cramped apartment with three other girls who would most likely think I'm nuts. What kind of dye do you use?

Azura said...

Oooo!!! Gorgeous! I can't wait to see my new socks :D

You got the colours absolutely perfect and now I'm very excited!


Anonymous said...

Oh I love that yellow yarn! So pretty.

And thanks for taking part in the contest, it was fun. :)

spillyjane said...

Nice yarns! The red one came out really nice.

Emma said...

Wow, that is some gorgeous yarn you won! The self-dyed ain't too bad either. Looks lovely.

Fuji Mama said...

Love love love the colors of the yarn cakes. Yummy!