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June 3rd, 2008 (01:45 pm)


I finished the Manos redux scarf. It is just a simple seed stitch, but it blocked out flat and super long. It is almost as tall as me when I have it folded in half! I am really happy with how nicely it turned out, and how quickly it knit up. I am surprised because I seem to remember hating scarf knitting because it always took so incredibly long to finish a scarf. Lately my knitting has become a lot faster, and now it seems I can pump out a scarf in no time. In fact, this simple project was my zen project for when I didn't want to concentrate on knitting.


This yarn is from a yarn dying kit from Louet that marydotmusic gave me for my birthday this past March. (BTW, you rock Mary!)
I finally dyed it last night at my friend Ursa's house. She very generously let me come over and use her dyeing space, and skillz to help me achieve this fabulous colourway, which I have dubbed Oceanus.


Ursa let me use some of her turquoise dye, which I used instead of the grey-blue dye that came with the kit. The other two colours that came with the kit were blueberry (the brighter blue), and cornflower (the pale blue). I LOVE how this turned out! I don't know what it will become, maybe a shawl? I will have to see how the colourway looks when knitted. I achieved this look by doing an overall pale dye with the cornflower blue, and then laying out the skeins and painting the other two colours on with sponge brushes.

In other news, on the needles right now I have a red beret
which I am knitting for a swap with my friend jabberworks, aka Sarah. In exchange, she has used her fabulous illustrational skills to create a custom work of art for me!!! I am so stoked!
I am using Berocco Peruvia in colour 7135.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday, I'm off to do some laundry now.


Posted by: Sarah McIntyre (jabberworks)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)

Oh my goodness, that's Fabulous!!! (I couldn't resist looking.) I think that must be one of my all-time favourite colours, brilliant.

In fact, I was just looking at an old BBC film of The Secret Garden, and the first time Mary Lennox goes out into the garden, she's wearing a great knitted hat in just that colour and I was thinking how nice it was. So exciting... :-D

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)

ha ha ha, I'm so glad you like it! When I saw the colour I knew it was so you!


Posted by: Bertha (bertha79)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)

Ooh, I love the yarn you dyed, such a pretty blue-gray color!!

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)

Thanks Bertha!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)

absolutely LOVE your dye job!! that yarn looks fabulous! Can't wait to see what it becomes!

Natalie B

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)

thanks Natalie!
I think this yarn will be on hold for a while, until I get some other projects off the needles, but I'll definitly post when I start knitting with it!


Posted by: Sylvana (sylascione)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)

The scarf looks great. I like very much the result of the dying colaboration. I can't wait to see how it knits.
I love berets and hats in general, is being a while i'm not wearing them, looks like this one is going fast fast fast.
See you on Friday at five(ish)?

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)

Thanks! See you Friday @ 5ish!

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Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 5th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)

Thank you Miki!
I might knit a shawl out of it eventually, but I've still got to work on the Flower Basket shawl first.
& that manos colourway was my favourite, which is why I *had* to reknit the scarf into something I will wear more often. However, I didn't notice how itchy it was until now... I soaked it with hair conditioner to soften it up, which helped a bit, but it is still a bit scratchy! I think I'm getting spoiled from petting the cashmeres, silks, and alpacas all day long at work.

Posted by: Mary (marydotmusic)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)

OMG! THOSE ARE *SO* MY COLOURS!!!!!!! Beautiful job! It totally looks like an ocean to me. And with the yarn in waves like that - perfect ocean surf! Can't wait to see how it knits up!

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: June 5th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)

Ha ha ha, yea I thought the all blue thing was just *too* blue for me, so Ursa let me use some of her turquoise to get a shade I would wear more...
I balled the skeins today using the swift & winder at work, and now it is taking all my willpower not to cast on for something new with it!!

Thanks again for such a fabulous birthday gift!! I'll have to make it up to you on your birthday next year!


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