Astral Viking (kriatyrr) wrote,
Astral Viking

Blue Doom: Halfway to the finish line.


Blue Doom

I had procrastinated a long time before the heel. Finally did that yesterday, using the 'double stitch short row heel' AKA 'jo-jo heel'.
And then today I just knit on and on until the yarn almost ran out, then I switched to the half-ball I dyed solid blue and knit the cuff in that. (Not in the photo - that was taken earlier tonight)

I just want to cast on sock #2 and start knitting, finishing it in about two days, but my fingertips say NO! No more knitting with Gjestal Raggegarn this week. I want to be able to type without wincing in pain if there's a session this Sunday.

I need to cast on a pair of socks with softer yarn. And I want to dye more. I only have hand-dyed yarn for one more pair of socks ready. Also blue, but solid, and Sandnes Tresko takes up the color better too - in the Raggegarn I dyed solid, there are still small bits of white. Must be slubs of synthetic fiber or something.

My second hand dyed:
Sandnes Treskogarn, hand dyed

Now, you are probably asking me, "But Ragnhild, you are obsessed with green. Why are you dying yarn blue, and a second time at that?"

Well, back when I was planning Blue Doom, I couldn't find my green dye, but I found the blue. And I named the project "Blue Doom" and liked the idea. I found the green dye before dying the yarn, though. I had decided on blue, and that was that. And then.. how do I dispose of the dye bath, I wondered. I googled around a bit, and the answer I got was that it's okay to just pour it out because it's such a small amount. Uhhh.. no, that's not good enough for me. Hey, I wonder if I can just re-use the dye bath a few times. . .

So I re-heated it and dyed those two skeins of undyed Sandnes Tresko I got on Tuesday. And it worked perfectly. In fact I'd say it worked better, but I think that may be because of the higher wool content (80% vs 60%).

But I kind of don't have any other beaten up old pots and pans no longer suitable for preparing food in that I can use for dying. Well, I have one, but it's a bit on the small side. I'll check at the used stuff store in Førde the next time I'm there.

Next planned dying project will be blue, green, and then a mix of the two.

I really should buy some red and yellow... you can only do so much with just blue and green.
Tags: dyeworks, knitting, yarn

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