Thursday, June 12, 2008

colour me brown

Yahoo! I got exactly what I wanted (for once). The colours in the pictures are accurate on my monitor.

Doesn't it look great? And here's a little bit knitted up - had to see how it stripes:

Here are the specs for those who are curious.

Yarn: Scheepjes Invicta Extra (75% wool 25% poly); 3 - 50g skeins of undyed/natural
Blanks: used Bond Classic knitting machine and #1 keyplate. Cast on 100 sts. Before taking knitting off machine, I wove a scrap of yarn down the center so that I knew where the midpoint was.
Dye step 1 (per skein): Mix 1 pack of Blue Moon Berry Kool Aid with 1.5 cups of water. I lay the side I wanted to dye into a big glass pan and wrinkling the fabric to form hills and valleys. Poured dye over yarn and swished a little but not too much because I wanted light and dark areas. Nuke 2 mins, let cool, nuke additional minute and set aside.
Dye step 2 (all 3 skeins at the same time): Mix 1 pack of Cherry with 3 packs of Lime into 5 cups of water. I did this in a big 8 cup glass bowl. Dip the undyed half into the bowl and swish around so that dye is evenly absorbed. Nuke 2 mins, let cool, nuke additional minute and let cool.
Final step: Rinse with water and lay flat to dry. Knit.

I'm getting about 2.5 rounds per colour with 60 sts on 2.25mm dpns. I think it looks so cool! I wasn't sure about knitting with crinkly yarn but it's not really bothering me so I'm not going to skein and wash. What pattern should I use? Jaywalker or ???


Bea said...

oh they are great! They turned out really fabulous and I was right about brown!!! Red, blue and yellow make brown!!! Yay!

Jess P. said...

That is very cool! Jaywalkers would be great. So would rpm from

PurlingPirate said...

That striping is awesome!!! And the colors are perfect!