Saturday, July 08, 2006

Back In The Saddle Again

Well, not technically in the saddle since there are no horses around here. However, I have been getting a little knitting in.

Remember the Haiku sweater I started sometime back, though not too long ago? I've done a little on that - about 3 inches. I've also done some more on the crocheted baby sweater for the lady at work. I'm going to pull it out again in a little while and work on it some more. Haven't done any on the socks yet, though I hear them calling my name!

This past Monday was a holiday up here in Canada and a group of us from church got together at the cottage of one of the older couples from church. It was actually one of the lady's Sunday school classes that was getting together, and the cottage belongs to the co-teacher and her husband. I used to attend the class a few years ago before I started teaching the kids, and have been invited every year since. It's nice to be included.

Anyway, while there I - being the knitter that I am - brought some knitting along. Didn't know what I'd feel like working on, so I brought the sweater for the lady at work, a pair of socks (ok, it wasn't really a pair but the first sock that I've been working on with the Knit Picks Memories in Easter), and I brought a ball of the yarn I dyed with purple koolaid. I felt like doing some mindless knitting so that I could engage in conversations at the same time, so I started working on a new scarf. It's the Irish Hiking scarf pattern that I used back in February for the knitting olympics.

I got some nice compliments on my knitting, and they liked the colour of yarn so I explained that I dyed it with koolaid (though this particular ball was done with a no name brand) and vinegar. The pastor's wife was amazed at this and thought it was a cool idea and got me to tell a few of the ladies who wasn't around for the conversation, about the kool aid. They were amazed!
Remember this picture?
It's the one I took of the yarn that I had dyed way back when (I think it was during the knitting olympics). The yarn I am using for the second of my Irish Hiking scarves is the purple one on the far right. It is knitting up nicely and the colour looks great. I am noticing a few odd spots so far of areas that didn't quite soak up enough of the mixture, but oh well, it adds character!

I am thinking that I will either make another scarf out of the other purple one on the left, or a hat - probably sized for a child since I only have one ball of it.

Well, I'm going to head out now and work on the baby sweater for the lady at work, and might get some other knitting on Haiku done as well. I also want to work some more at my writing, which I also did for two or three hours this afternoon.

Happy knitting!


Karen said...

I'm glad you've been able to get back to knitting. Isn't koolaid dyeing great! My sister is always telling her kids the koolaid isn't for drinking anymore. Can't wait to see the baby sweater and socks.

Catherine Kerth said...

glad your back ;) i still love the rich colors you got from dyeing with koolaid! mine came out a little week but that red is soooo vibrant.

Rhonda said...

Great to see you knitting again. Don't over do it tho. Who am I kidding, I would, so why wouldn't you? Just be careful ... and have nothing but happy knitting!

Gracie said...

You are knitting up a storm! Can't wait to hear about how they all progress!

Maggie Ann said...

I love to see & hear what you are knitting.

cantnever said...

Cool! You dye your own yarn! Do you use acrylic, or wool yarn? I'd love to try it.

kittensmittens said...

I hear you, I never know what I will feel like working on and so and I bring half my projects. (I have so many going, it doesn't matter what I bring, I need to get all of it done.)

I like your yarn that you dyed, the colors are nice. purple is my favorite, i think.

Tammy said...

Hi Shelley,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today :) I am going to bookmark your site so I can visit you often. I'll be back to check out more of your stuff. God bless!

Shez75 said...

That is the cutest picture! Wish I could get the pug to sit still like that, with yarn, but, she'd want to play with it, not pose. Your kitty looks mezmerized by that yarn - kind of like you and I?
Have a great week.
Sheri in GA

Elizabeth said...

I am so glad you are able to knit a little again - it really is a wonderful craft, isn't it? Thank you so much for the comments you leave me - I listen more than you know and really appreciate the time you take. :)