I am SO excited to be participating in our Dye-Along!
Dyeing fiber is one of my recent hobbies, and I’m looking forward to
sharing lots of my experiments with all you talented people! First on
the slate is my sock blank. I mentioned last week that I typically don’t knit socks two-at-a-time,
but a few months ago, I had an inspiration which was too thrilling to
ignore. I wanted a pair of socks that looked good enough to eat:
Well, I’ve made a little progress on my hubby’s sweater. Not nearly
enough, though! I spent all my knitting time this week charting out the
shaping and design of the top, and almost none of it knitting. So it’s
not as far as I’d like it to be!
Sock, meet Jenna. Jenna meet sock. I was intimitaded by the thought of knitting socks, and frankly, the heel scared me the most, all those weird turns and such…I’ve picked up the book Sensational Knitted Socks and gave a go at their practice sock. So, after my baby went to bed and with my chamomile tea and DPNs in hand, I dove in trying to interpret the anatomy of a sock. I had to have some help on the heel decreasing, but overall, it was fun and actually didn’t take as long as I thought. This proejct is what I call, “sock-like” because yes, it does have tendencies toward a sock. HA! Take that sock world. I think I like it.
For the month of May, Knit Picks staffers are taking the plunge and experimenting with a variety of dyeing techniques.
Kelley and Kerin are both experienced dyers, they’re going to show you some techniques for using Jacquard Acid Dyes.
Nina (another dyeing pro!), Marci, Amy, and I are dyeing sock blanks
with food coloring and Kool-Aid. Kate and Christina are trying out our Indigo Dye Kit, and Alison and Sarah, one of our photographers, are experimenting with natural dyes like beets!
Your March catalogs should be arriving any day now, and hopefully you have noticed new kits that Kerin and Nina have designed.
We have created designer interviews about each of the kits to tell you a little more about the behind the scene stories, details, and inspirations for these kits. If you have any kit related questions, leave a comment and we can help you out!