Diving into Dyeing

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dyeing for a while now. The
thought of the mess, the equipment and doing a really bad job at it kept
me from trying. But, after I found out there was going to be a
dyealong, I thought, hey! Perfect opportunity! Now I can at least
commiserate with others who have also made a giant mess. So, I got some
sock blanks, let myself get inspired, and dove right in.

I decided to try acid dyes, since it’s relatively low-odor and I
could do it indoors (with proper ventilation, of course). That proved to
be an advantageous decision, because when I got ready to dye it was
raining! I got all my supplies together and started the process.

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Food-Colored Sock Blank!

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:

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 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.

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It should come as no surprise that I am dedicating one blog post to the getting ready to dye and knit my two sock blanks. It’s all about The Process, baby!

Let’s start with the inspiration!


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Sock modeling is a tough job…

In addition to some new marketing projects, I’ve also added sock model to my resume since I started working at Knit Picks.

thought sock modeling sounded like a pretty cushy job. I mean, all you
have to do is sit around and wear some socks and let someone take a
picture of your feet, right? Little did I know…

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Can’t pull the wool over your eyes!! Alright, I am so excited about this project that I have become slap-happy.

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