Another Adventure with Dyeing

Back in the spring, a knitting friend went through a big de-stash and offered the skeins to be rehomed. I was so grateful to acquire four skeins of cotton (which I turned into my Very V-Neck Raglan) and two skeins of natural, one-ply fingering. I asked for those because I thought they could be fun to dye. So here I went:

I have no idea what colour I was originally going for, and, to be honest, I first dyed them so long ago, that I kinda forget what colours I did. I think I tried pouring them haphazardly into the crock pot, which didn’t really do much.

After the first time around, I think these skeins resembled Sully from Monsters Inc.

Bright baby blue, splotches of purple. Sully yarn. Definitely not what I was going for. So after letting them sit idle in my stash, I redyed them again, this time with more greens and teals, hoping to tone down the blue.

While, at first blush, it might not look like there was much of a difference, the skeins are now decidedly more teal/green than the blue they were before.

Next comes the hard question – what are they going to become? I don’t know the exact yardage of this yarn. I have an estimate, however. I measured out 20 metres and got its weight – 7g. I then weighed both skeins: 222g. So, if 7g is about 20m, then 222g should be about 634m. Ugh, the basic math you never thought you’d use after high school…

So, I have over 600m of this yarn… I’m leaning towards a shawl. A knitter named Derya Davenport has designed a recipe for Five Basic Shawl Shapes, and you can see it and download it from her blog HERE. I used this recipe when making my Captain Marvel shawl, and it’s simple a handy guide for trying your hand at shawls. Because I don’t know exact yardage, planning something exact will be challenging and, well, stressful, but a simple shawl that I can knit until it’s big enough or until I run out of yarn is perfect.

Knitting the Distance – Take III

Did you know that if you enter how much yarn you’ve used for your projects on Ravelry, at the very bottom of the page, you get a total meterage/yardage amount?

In October 2016, they length of yarn I had used totalled  15,900m (15.9km or 9.88mi).

In November 2017, the last time I wrote about my knitting distance, my ‘Metres Used’ was 25,477m (25.4 kilometres or 15.7 miles), or more than a half marathon.

Almost three years later, this number has basically doubled, and my ‘Metres Used’ total stands at 53,357 metres. That’s just over 53 kilometres, or 33.1 miles.

Well, I’ve knit my marathon, and then some!

I have also knit the length of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) of the TTC. Twice. The line length is 26.2km. The Northern Line (Black) of the London underground is 58km, so a few more socks and sweaters, and I’ll have knit that length. The Circle Line (Yellow) is 27km, and the Hammersmith & City Line (Pink) is 25.5, so I have knit the length of these two lines when combined.

I’ve also knit the length of Manhattan Island. Again, twice, with Manhattan measuring around 21km. Speaking of islands, Canada’s smallest province is Prince Edward Island, and at its widest it is approximately 65km, a goal to work towards, I suppose.

If you were to take the length of yarn I knit, it could stretch from my hometown to Toronto quite easily. If the routes and highways are followed precisely, I still have some knitting to do.

I have knit 389 Canadian football fields (137m each), or 586 American football fields (91 metres).

Driving 53 kilometres is a good road trip with music and podcasts to help make the drive go quicker. We think of knitting and the yarn in many different terms, like how much time, how much is spent on the skeins, how many skeins, but to think of the total yardage/meterage in everything I’ve knit (or more accurately, every pattern I’ve entered into Ravelry), and how far it stretches, it can boggle the mind.

How far have you knit?

Until next time… we’ll just see how much farther I’ve knit when we get there!

Lucky number 7?

Please note – when pattern names are linked with quote marks around them, they are linked to Ravelry site pages. If there are no quote marks, they are links to previous blog posts or elsewhere on the internet.

Back in March, when Ontario first shut down due to the pandemic, I joked that I should measure its length in sweaters. Well, this pandemic is now seven sweaters long.

Here is the latest project off my needles. This is the sweater I mentioned when I said I was knitting during video meetings. The body was beautiful stockinette, so lots of knitting in the round with the odd round of waist shaping. I opted to make the sleeves 3/4 length, and I’m so happy I did. Also, I was worried about having enough MC to work the entire body, so I knit all ribbing details in a second contrast colour – black. This is another design choice I’m SO glad I made – the pops of black I find add extra interest without taking away from the BIG feature – the sleeves.

Here are the sweater details:

Pattern: “Sock Arms” by Stephanie Lotven

MC: Log House Cottage Squishy Sock (a Canadian dyer);
Sleeves CC: Biscotte Yarns Bis-Sock – colour is Mon pays c’est l’hiver (another Canadian dyer and MY GOODNESS I LOVE their yarn)
CC2: Cascase Heritage Sock (simple, hardy, a classic yarn)

Sock Stories – September 2020

Earlier in August, the yarn shop located an hour away posted a yarn sale – $10 per ball of Jawoll sock yarn. $10. Each. I weighed the two hour (one hour each way) drive against the cost of the yarn. $10. With Christmas only a few months away (yeah, I know, I said it), the price was definitely worth the drive. I picked up my mum for a road trip buddy and, donning our masks for the drive, we made our way.

I now have five balls of this perfect sock yarn ready for knitting.

The drive was worth it, and the afternoon spent with mum was a pleasant bonus.

Have I actually STARTED any of these socks? … well, no.

I’ve been working on a stash busting pair of toe up socks, and once this final sock is done, I’ll power through and get a few pairs made for gifting.

I’m almost finished the heel flap, and then it’s glorious round after round of stockinette, and, bonus, my stash is lighter of a few odds and ends from OTHER self patterning yarn.

Very V-Neck Victorious

Please note – when pattern names are linked with quote marks around them, they are linked to Ravelry site pages. If there are no quote marks, they are links to previous blog posts or elsewhere on the internet.

And another one bites the dust. While my Sock Arms sweater is slowly coming along with rounds and rounds of stockinette and decreases, my latest knit from Jessie Maed was finished! Her latest pattern was “Very V Neck Raglan,” and I bought it not long after it was released. A friend was destashing earlier this year, and I was able to acquire four skeins of forest green cotton DK weight yarn, and it was a perfect amount to make this sweater. And just look:

The sweater is so simple and very cozy. The cotton gives it a good weight and a lot of drape. It was designed to be shorter, more cropped, but I finished everything but the body, and then used up as much of my yarn as possible. This is now the second pattern I’ve made by her and I see the appeal. I love a good, simple stockinette piece, and her designs are flattering and size inclusive.

It will be perfect for the fall weather which is just around the corner.