Darn it...all week has been raining, raining, raining....the grass is super wet and is practically up to my knees...though I guess that's not saying much since I'm only a little over 5 feet tall. So, there have been no "Treks" with my Trekking socks and I'm bummed. Bummed. Bummed. Here is a pic of how far I was two days ago....by the way, I'm doing both socks at once, so I was this far on both socks, but only happened to have one with me at that moment:
As of today, I've got both heels turned and am working on the legs of both socks. They're coming along pretty quickly : )
Oh, guess what? I received an email from The Comfy Bev the other day, who was my DyeORama pal that I sent sock yarn to. She sent me a swatch pic of the self striping yarn! It was like seeing someone's baby...or even my baby! I was like, "AWWWW!"...so cute! You can see the "Marigolds at Twillight" yarn and swatch below. What do you think?
Finally, last but certainly not least, a couple of pics of the yarn that I made for Rose...who has a wonderful business making homemade soaps, lotions, lip balms, sprays, etc, which I will go into next week. Her business is called, "Remembrance Botanicals" and her business card, which I wish I'd taken pics of has colors of purple, hunter green and cream. She asked me to make her some sock yarn (out of this gorgeous, shiny merino/tencel fingering weight yarn I had) with these colors. Was VERY nervous, since I"m not quite comfortable with custom colors yet, but the results were wonderful!
I call this "Violets for Rose" colorway:
Although I love making self striping yarn, I just have to list the time it takes me to make it, just in case some of you were thinking of doing this. It's really a labor of love.
1. Wind skein of yarn onto board, usually 300-400 yards (40 minutes)
2. Soak yarn with 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid for superwash wools (overnight)
3. Gently squeeze out excess water and place on plastic bags on the counter for handpainting (10 minutes)
4. Get dyes, white vinegar and other supplies ready (20 minutes)
5. Hand paint yarn in striping pattern using sponge brushes (30 minutes or more)
6. Gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in plastic wrap for steaming (10 minutes)
7. Steam yarn (30 minutes)
8. Let yarn cool (20 minutes)
9. Soak cooled yarn in water/Euclan/Conditioner mixture (3 or more hours)
10. Squeeze out excess water and hang to dry (1-2 days, depending on weather)
11. Put yarn back on board, unwind and make into hanks on my niddy noddy (1 hour)
Whew! Even though it's such a pain to do, it's very fun (except the winding and unwinding part) and I just LOVE the way the yarn comes out in the end. I only need to make some for ME now!
Happy YarnOLicious Day!