This is the day when I can squeal and giggle all I want because......I created my own self-striping SOCK yarn! Of course, this would not have been possible without my crafty hubby's help...who very happily (!) used Scout's Ghetto Warp Board instructions to make me this:
Here is the board wrapped with my yarn to experiment with (Patons Classic Merino wool...worsted weight...only $3.99 on sale at A. C. Moore):
Next, we have the dyes (McCormick again...for my experimental purposes) ready for the dyeing process:
Now, the yarn in the dyes.....the coolest part (or next to coolest, anyway):
Here is the newly dyed yarn wrapped and ready to go in the steamer to set the colors:
A pic of the yarn back on the warping board to dry:
Now we're getting to the final stages.....are you ready?....here is the yarn after I wrapped it on my niddy noddy into skein form: (more about the wrapping part after...long story)
Drum roll, please.....everyone hold their breath and get ready to "ooh and ahh"!....a sock knitted in the new yarn:
Isn't this the most fun sock you've ever seen???? (well, maybe not...but it's pretty awesome, I think!) I'm in LOVE! My knitter friend, Jackie, named this yarn "Easter", which I think is just perfect, don't you? I was thinking, "SweetTart" or "Baby Shower" or "Baby Girl"....
The only, only bad thing that happened during this whole process was during the unwrapping. This process is similar to HELL....or maybe like waxing your legs with wax that is too cold and your kids are running around the house screaming because the house is on fire...something like that.
Thank goodness Ben wasn't in the room because I was swearing my head off and yelling and crying on and off. I heard Ben say to Tim (my older son) in the other room, "Mommy crying?" and Tim said, very seriously and sadly, "Yeah...she is." Jeez, the guilt!
But, after 1 1/2 hours (not kidding), I finally got the yarn from the board into a clumsy, fumbly ball (couldn't even wind it onto my niddy noddy until later) and could BREATHE!
All in all, it was worth it and I just love the striping pattern it made. There are SO many other ways to make the stripes with this board...this is just MY way!
What do you think????? : ) (virtual hugs are totally accepted)