Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Night Saturday Morning

With the excitement at Blogger in our past (I hope), I cautiously make my FO Friday post.  I also wanted to thank those who posted replies to Wednesday's Post.  I still hold on to some optimism they will eventually restore the comments.


Kitty drama is temporarily on the back-burner so I figured I'd wait until tomorrow's Caturday post before delving into that story.


Today's FO is not stitchy, but rather yarny.  With someone's candy-themed hand-dyed yarn as inspiration, I got my slow cooker back out for the first time in around five months.


Of course my yarn isn't as professional (at all) or nearly as beautiful as Tami Klockau's but I love the color I got.  It wasn't my aim but when all was said and done (I'll thank the warm weather for speedy dry time) I thought of amethyst when I saw the color.  My poor attempt at theming color names led me to Amethyst Mist, which just so happens to be a plant whose leaves are a freakishly close match to the color my yarn ended up with.


















So that'll do it for me today.  Come back tomorrow for kitty stories and photos.

14 comments:

JelliDonut said...

Not professional?!?!? I think that yarn is gorgeous!

Marushka C. said...

That is gorgeous yarn and you're right about how beautifully it matches the amethyst plant.

My yarn dyeing is so sporadic that I always tell myself to be happy with however it comes out --- it's something of a surprise more often than not!

Contessa said...

@JelliDonut: *blush* Thank you! I won't even go into how embarrassingly crude it was to wrap that yarn up into that "skein." And it's better than the last attempt I made. (I'm working on it, I'm working on it. . .) I am so glad someone thinks my yarn is pretty. Perhaps one day I'll be brave enough to give it as gifts or as part of a swap. (Still thinking which cookies I'm bringing on my fantasy trip to visit you for sangria.) ;)

Contessa said...

@Marushka C.: Thank you so much for such a nice compliment!! I hope the pretty colors in my yarn aren't overshadowed by its awful skeining.

This is my third dyeing venture and I've yet to have an outcome that I actually intended. I've not been unhappy -- per se -- with any of them. It's just always a surprise when it dries. It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one with those results. ;)

Leah said...

Very pretty! I'm itching to get back into dyeing yarn - surprise outcomes keep it fun :)

Nicky said...

That yarn combo is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! As beautiful as any other and I love the accidental way you were able to name it!!!!!

*Nicky wandering off muttering to herself about adding another yarny obsession ... dyeing* ;)

Kathleen said...

Tami's yarns are totally an inspiration! I did a couple tiny-batch (like, a few yards tiny) dye lots earlier this year, spurred on by her awesomeness.

I love your yarn, the subtle variations in colour are all gemstone-beautiful! Do you have any Plans for it?

Contessa said...

@Leah: Thank you so much! I hope to see some dyed yarn in your blog soon. Surprise outcomes certainly keep it interesting! ;)

Contessa said...

@Nicky: Wow, thank you so much! :D What wonderful compliments!! ♥ I actually considered lying and saying I was trying to duplicate the colors on the leaves but I strive for honesty in my blog. (Honesty in playing pool? Not so much.) ;)
Plus I think what really happened was funny. . . in a strange way.

Have you never dyed yarn before? It's REALLY enjoyable. I can offer some links to help you out. If you have a slow cooker, several Kool-Aid packets and some light-colored or white wool yarn (I've been using Patons), you're ready to go. Can't get much cheaper and easier than that! Kool-Aid is frighteningly color-fast, too. I felted with some that I'd previously dyed and the color didn't fade. o.0

Contessa said...

@Kathleen: How did you dye your batches? With real dye or what I fondly refer to as the cheapskate method (Kool-Aid, the way I do it). :) Do you have photos of what you did? I'd love to see them!

And thank you so much for the compliment! ♥ I have no plans for it yet. I have real problems deciding what to do with my hand-dyed yarn. I have most of my creamsicle skein leftover (I made a small pouch out of it) and the "Funky Berries" yarn I frogged from that shawl I shared on Monday. So now three hand-dyed skeins and only one idea (again for that creamsicle yarn I never shared).
If you have any suggestions, I'm definitely open!

Charlotte said...

That yarn is beautiful! I can't stop staring at it. Too pretty :D

Tami Klockau said...

Aww, thanks for all the props and links. LOL

The yarn is BEAUTIFUL! You did an amazing job. Do you know what you'll do with it now?

Contessa said...

@Charlotte: Thank you so, so much! :) :) :)

Contessa said...

@Tami: You're very welcome. It's the least I can do for the work you put into hosting WIP Wednesdays and FO Fridays. . . In addition to being inspirational! :) And thank you so much for the compliment, it really means a lot to me!
To answer your question, I have no idea what to do with it. . . Although perhaps something with cable work, as I've not gotten to do anything cabled in MUCH too long. Any ideas for what I can do with it??