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So, I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.

A busy knitter, but a bad blogger.

Anyhow, I’ve been up to a few things (not the least of which, planning my trip to France).

Naturally, I’ve documented them all photographically.

Firstly, my DPN’s were driving me quite insane, floating as they were at the bottom of my notions bag. Necessity, being the mother of all invention, require I sit down and create some pretty funky DPN organizers.

The coolest part? Connie, proprietress extraordinaire of Pick Up Sticks, decided to stock them!

(Get there quickly, as there are only five left and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get more before I leave on Thursday.)

I’m working on a few other handy bits, so stay tuned.

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I was also lucky enough to go to The Knitter’s Frolic.

I managed to control myself and came home with only two items:

A gorgeous skein of Hand Maiden’s Mini Maiden (SILK!) and a hand-turned Nostepinde. There’s just something about the woodgrain that I find wonderful.

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My biggest project though?

Hand-dyeing.

Good Lord, I’m in love.

The Process (agonizingly long, but so worth it):

I purchased two 50g skeins of Louet Gems Merino in “Cream”.

I decided I wanted the colour sections to be longer, so Husband and I reskeined them together making one huge 100g skein.

I tied the yarn together every 1/2 m or so (this keeps it from tangling), then soaked it overnight in a soloution of vinegar (3/4 cup) and water (enough to cover the yarn). Notice the stratigically placed book on France.

The next morning, I mixed my dyes.
1 tsp of the powdered dye to 1/2 cup water.

After squeezing out the excess liquid from the yarn, I laid it out on the kitchen table, putting (good quality) plastic wrap underneath.

I applied the dyes, trying not to spill, or muck up the joins too badly.

I was fairly unsuccessful on both counts.

The plastic wrap was then wrapped around the yarn, placed in a small baking dish, wrapped in aliminum foil and ‘baked’ at 250*F for two hours.  (that’s a lot of wraps)

After the yarn cooled completely and was rinsed under cool water to remove any remaining dye, I hung it outside to dry. This took FOREVER. I am not a patient person.

I’m very happy (ecstatic, more like) with the results. I could not stop petting the skein all morning.

I like how it knits up, too, with a minimal amount of pooling.

I am SO going to try this again.

The Dip Dyeing Method, perhaps?

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About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

35 responses »

  1. Yes, you have been a bad blogger. I’ve been bored to tears in blogland ever since Shannon Coates decided to cancel her blog (WEEPING & GNASHING) and you decided to go on haitus.

    I LOVE the hand-dyeing. It’s gorgeous. I recently (who am I kidding? I started it over seven months ago) began to knit a scarf for Le Boyfriend and I’ve only managed to secure about a foot of half-assed, hole-y, mesh-type neck coverage. It’s a mess. Now that it’s 27 degrees, however, it seems as if I have three seasons ahead of me to try to finish it before his neck gets cold again.

    *sigh*

    Sarah-the-Huntress

  2. Yes, you have been a bad blogger. I’ve been bored to tears in blogland ever since Shannon Coates decided to cancel her blog (WEEPING & GNASHING) and you decided to go on haitus.

    I LOVE the hand-dyeing. It’s gorgeous. I recently (who am I kidding? I started it over seven months ago) began to knit a scarf for Le Boyfriend and I’ve only managed to secure about a foot of half-assed, hole-y, mesh-type neck coverage. It’s a mess. Now that it’s 27 degrees, however, it seems as if I have three seasons ahead of me to try to finish it before his neck gets cold again.

    *sigh*

    Sarah-the-Huntress

  3. Yes, you have been a bad blogger. I’ve been bored to tears in blogland ever since Shannon Coates decided to cancel her blog (WEEPING & GNASHING) and you decided to go on haitus.

    I LOVE the hand-dyeing. It’s gorgeous. I recently (who am I kidding? I started it over seven months ago) began to knit a scarf for Le Boyfriend and I’ve only managed to secure about a foot of half-assed, hole-y, mesh-type neck coverage. It’s a mess. Now that it’s 27 degrees, however, it seems as if I have three seasons ahead of me to try to finish it before his neck gets cold again.

    *sigh*

    Sarah-the-Huntress

  4. Yes, you have been a bad blogger. I’ve been bored to tears in blogland ever since Shannon Coates decided to cancel her blog (WEEPING & GNASHING) and you decided to go on haitus.

    I LOVE the hand-dyeing. It’s gorgeous. I recently (who am I kidding? I started it over seven months ago) began to knit a scarf for Le Boyfriend and I’ve only managed to secure about a foot of half-assed, hole-y, mesh-type neck coverage. It’s a mess. Now that it’s 27 degrees, however, it seems as if I have three seasons ahead of me to try to finish it before his neck gets cold again.

    *sigh*

    Sarah-the-Huntress

  5. Yes, you have been a bad blogger. I’ve been bored to tears in blogland ever since Shannon Coates decided to cancel her blog (WEEPING & GNASHING) and you decided to go on haitus.

    I LOVE the hand-dyeing. It’s gorgeous. I recently (who am I kidding? I started it over seven months ago) began to knit a scarf for Le Boyfriend and I’ve only managed to secure about a foot of half-assed, hole-y, mesh-type neck coverage. It’s a mess. Now that it’s 27 degrees, however, it seems as if I have three seasons ahead of me to try to finish it before his neck gets cold again.

    *sigh*

    Sarah-the-Huntress

  6. Well, try not to get too attached to me, as we leave on Thursday for EIGHTEEN DAYS.

    YAYAYAYAYA!

    Ahem.

    As for your knitting attempt, keep trying. What pattern are you using?

    ~Angela

  7. Well, try not to get too attached to me, as we leave on Thursday for EIGHTEEN DAYS.

    YAYAYAYAYA!

    Ahem.

    As for your knitting attempt, keep trying. What pattern are you using?

    ~Angela

  8. Well, try not to get too attached to me, as we leave on Thursday for EIGHTEEN DAYS.

    YAYAYAYAYA!

    Ahem.

    As for your knitting attempt, keep trying. What pattern are you using?

    ~Angela

    • It does, in fact, help.

      With many things.

      I take pictures of all our projects (building shelves, etc) but can rarely post them on account of the near-nakedness.

      At least this time he’s in boxers.

      ~A

    • It does, in fact, help.

      With many things.

      I take pictures of all our projects (building shelves, etc) but can rarely post them on account of the near-nakedness.

      At least this time he’s in boxers.

      ~A

  9. It does, in fact, help.

    With many things.

    I take pictures of all our projects (building shelves, etc) but can rarely post them on account of the near-nakedness.

    At least this time he’s in boxers.

    ~A

  10. It does, in fact, help.

    With many things.

    I take pictures of all our projects (building shelves, etc) but can rarely post them on account of the near-nakedness.

    At least this time he’s in boxers.

    ~A

  11. It does, in fact, help.

    With many things.

    I take pictures of all our projects (building shelves, etc) but can rarely post them on account of the near-nakedness.

    At least this time he’s in boxers.

    ~A

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