Home & Knitting Again

The honeymoon is over and Jason and I are safely back home, despite a few hiccups.  My phone was stolen which was frustrating, as I wasn’t able to post any photos of the places we were going or what we were seeing.  But I received my new phone in the mail yesterday, so expect to see some posts from me now!

I took three knitting projects with me: a lace and garter stitch shawl, a lace linen top, and a v-neck cardigan with lace accents.  I almost finished the shawl, but had to stop to check for the appropriate size with some longer needles that I had at home.

I was able to finish the front of the top, and am planning to finish the back and sleeves by the end of next week.

And last night I was able to block one front piece of the cardigan, and will be blocking the other front piece this evening. I love this yarn, it is Madelinetosh Pashmina in Betine, a dusky rose/taupe color.  Worked on size 6 US needles, it makes for pretty easy knitting.

Honeymooning

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As some of you may know, Jason and I got married on July 3rd and we’ve been honeymooning since!  We arrived in Paris a few days ago, and have been walking along the Seine and seeing all the sights.  Since we’re both lucky enough to have this be our 3rd trip to Paris, we’ve been able to enjoy our time at our favorite sites.

Our first full day was amazing, we left the hotel and walked to the Eiffel tower followed by a long leisurely walk along the Seine towards the Musee d’Orsay, which houses one of my favorite paintings by Renoir.  Unfortunately, it is still on loan in Japan – looks like we’ll need another trip!

After that we went to the famous love lock bridge and got to place our very own lock, something Jason promised we could do on our last trip if we came back when we were married, and now we’re married!

The evening started off great, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant and hanging with the crowds in the street as Paris beat Germany in the Eurocup.  However, the evening took a turn for the dramatic when we were walking back to our hotel and two teens stole my phone right out of my zippered purse.  Luckily all they took was the phone, but I was devastated to lose all of my photos.

Today is our last full day in Paris before heading to Brac, Croatia for a relaxing week on the beach.  Can’t wait!

Corrine Pattern LIVE!

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This week was a really fun week for me, as my Corrine pattern launched on the Holla Knits website.  Worked in Knit Picks’ CotLin in Conch it’s a fun way to add some color to your summer wardrobe.  The body of the pullover is knit in four pieces and then seamed.  3/4 set in sleeves keep the look perfect for summer.

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Learning to Dye

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This past weekend I took my first ever crash course into dying yarn, and I have such a great appreciation now for anyone who does this as a source of income.  It is a LOT of work, and certainly a labor of love.  It was taught by the dyer of The Deep Hue Sea at Yarn Del Sol in Mission Viejo.

We started with 3 skeins of bare, superwash yarn soaked overnight in a citric acid wash.  In order to keep the skeins from getting tangled, she attached shower rings to each skein (those are those bright green rings you see in the pics).

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After patting out a good portion of the water, we laid our skeins out on to the tables (covered in saran wrap).  Now to pick out our colors, and mix the dye.  For my first two skeins I chose Sand Dune, Silver Grey, and Powder Pink.  For the second try I used two mixes of blue (I can’t remember the names)

There was powder-based dye pots and we used the teeniest bit of dye mixed with water.  You could either use a squeeze bottle, or a cup with a sponge brush, depending on which kind of look you are going for.

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For the first set, I hand-painted each side of my triangle with the three colors.  I loved that the dye didn’t saturate the entire skein so that some of the natural color of the yarn would peek through.

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After about two hours, I had completed the dye work and bundled my yarn up into a little burrito.  They then put this in the microwave to set the dye.  Four sets of five minutes, each with a minute rest in between.

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While I waited for that to set, I got to work on the third skein with the two blue colors.

Once the pink skeins were done being set, we had to rinse them to remove any remaining dye, and the citric acid wash.  From there we soaked them in a bath of milk soap and Eucalan.

Once they had soaked for about an hour, we hung them up to dry, which took a little over a day for them to be completely dry.  I cannot wait to make something with these skeins!