Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sensible Activity for Sweltering Day?

I pretty sure that like most of the US your weather has been as hot and steamy as it is in Ohio. Temps in the upper 90's - Humidity in a 3 digit reading - Air you can cut with a knife. So what would be your choice for an activity on a sweltering hot day? Sit in the shade with a frosty beverage? Stay indoors and crank up the AC? Oh, what if we go outside and dye wool sock yarn? Oh, that didn't come to mind? Silly me! Well that's what I did the other day. (I know I'm certifiably, you don't have to tell me.)

So I have these skeins of bare sock yarn that have been calling to me to be dyed. This is about 300 grams here in 25 gram mini hanks.

And when I got done......
.....they looked like this.ooooooohhhhh.....aaaaahhhhh!

And then I did some big hanks (100 grams each).......

From right to left.... pinky,purply goodness, black with some purple undertones, and pumpkiny golden smooshiness!

In addition I overdyed a skein I dyed last summer adding shades of green and touches of brown to a hank that was originally orange and yellow. I couldn't wait to knit with this and started this sock.

The pattern is Embossed Leaves. (You can see some great examples of this on Ravelry, but be forewarned. I find that Ravelry and can suck hours and hours out of my day looking at all the wonderful knitty stuff.)

By the time I finished this project I was drenched in sweat and my hair closely resembled a frizzy auburn brillo pad.....oooooh sooo attractive - LOL! But I do like the results of my efforts. I want to use the mini skeins to do some striped socks and some stranded colorwork, if I can figure out how to do it. (This is where friends get involved as I make Cathy teach me how to do this.... such nice friends I have!)

So I hope that you are staying cool. I would highly recommend the activities that involve cold frosty beverages and AC cranked up to the Antartic setting!

Happy stitching --
carol fun


  1. Activity for a hot sweltering day - hmmmm - NO! LOL! They are beautiful colors, Carol.

    A frizzy auburn brillo pad - ROFLOL!

  2. Pretty yarn! I'm staying in and sewing! :0)

  3. Wonderful colours Carol!
    No such hot sweltering temps over here. I thought of you today when I visited a lovely gift shop, they had lots of chicken china
    Have a nice week-end.

  4. I love your dyeing results. I'm particularly fond of the tone on tone or less crazy color variations. The 3 100gram hanks and the greens are my favorite. I need to pull out some of my bare yarn and dyes and play a bit!


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