Sunday, December 30, 2018
Happy New Year
Finally, I'm working on a knitted sweater. And also a pair of socks that will be donated, among other handmade items, to Sequoia Humane's fundraiser in February.
The socks in the photo below, the most recent pair I finished for myself, has an interesting story...
This is a 2-ply hand dyed, hand spun silk yarn, from 10 or 12 years ago. I had to dye the black like three times to get the silk noil really, really black. And I hand carded in the bits of color.
I originally thought I'd have enough yarn for a pair of socks, but because the gauge was so small, meaning I was using more yarn than anticipated, I realized I'd need more. Then remembered I had a woven piece from back then, 40x16 inches, with this same yarn as the weft. So I UNwove the piece, because it wasn't even in my top 10 faves anyway. Unweaving meant meticulously picking the fabric apart, about 5/8 inch at a time. Took me several hours over a couple days.
Now, of course, I've got enough yarn to knit another pair for myself out of this yarn. Which I just might do because it was so much fun to knit these.
Happy New Year, everyone! xx