Dying my own yarn

First home dyed yarn
First home dyed yarn

A few weeks ago, Rebecca of Chemknits blogged a tutorial about space dying at home, with food colours. I was immediately intrigued.

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Sunday Shinies – Mother of pearl button with intricate collar

Sunday Shinies - Mother of pearl button with intricate collar
Sunday Shinies - Mother of pearl button with intricate collar

Another find from the 1920s – a button with an intricately formed collar holding an inlet of mother of pearl. The photo does not really do it justice, and the only grief I have with this button is that I only have one 😦

Now to find a project that brings out one single button perfectly … maybe I’ll have to re-think capelettes?

PS. Yes, I’m too late again … because I genuinely thought most of yesterday it was Saturday. I have that, day confusion … but since we have a bank holiday today, it’s not as bad as it could have been! Just imagine, forgetting all about Monday … oh, the horror!

His Majesty’s Blanket is nearing completion, part one

His Majesty's Blanket nearing completion
His Majesty's Blanket nearing completion

It’s time for an update of how the blanket is doing. As you can see, it’s doing fine.

Since my last post about it, it has been inspected by the soon-to-be-mother, and she loves it.Phew.

Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it … the yarn still knits lovely, although I’m somewhat worried by the comments I’ve seen on Ravelry.

Sirdar Snuggly BabyBamboo
Sirdar Snuggly BabyBamboo

I’m using Sirdar Snuggly BabyBamboo, which is really soft to the touch and has a lovely shine to it. Reviews indicate it doesn’t wash so well, however – does anybody out there have any experience with it? At least I’d love to be able to warn my friend if it can’t go in the washing machine (which seems to be the general gist of what I’m reading).

Despite those worries, the detail is coming out nicely on the blanket, and I’m now wrecking my head about an edging. Since it has got a rather wide garter stitch, stockinette based lace seems out of the question. So it should be either an applied icord, methinks, or maybe some garter-based edging – which I’ve not seen a lot of, and I’d love to get some pointers to your favourite edgings!

His Majesty's Blanket - Close up
His Majesty's Blanket - Close up

The Shawlette is dead, long live the shawl!

R.I.P. little shawlette
R.I.P. little shawlette

Okay, technically, it’s a scarf. I think.

It’s from the same book, Victorian Lace Today, and it’s called “Large rectangle”. Somehow, I imagined victorian lace to be named a bit more … poetic. Grand. Impressive. But here we are, with the large rectangle.

Mine isn’t large yet, btw. That’s because I only started it last night. After spending two hours ripping the shawlette.

It was pretty, but it wasn’t for me. You know the feeling, you look at something, and you kinda love it fiercely, because in the bottom of your heart you know that you and it aren’t a fit. This one was too small. The wrong shape. And, let’s face it, a bit braindead – after I added these extra wrong-side purl rows in. I just released it from it’s pain. The pain of being a pretty yarn in a mishap body … okay, maybe I’m pushing it a bit now.

Anyhow, after ripping the shawlette (and giving a passable George Carlin impression while doing so), I started the large rectangle, which is basically a scarf with a diamond lace pattern. I like it a LOT better already, although I’m not very far in.

This is the diamond lace pattern (I will add it to the stitch library in a bit, too):

, g g g g g g g g g g g g 10
g g g g g j a j g g
g , 9
, g g g g g g g g g g g g 8
g g g g j d g s j g g g , 7
, g g g g g g g g g g g g 6
g g s j g g g g g j d g , 5
, g g g g g g g g g g g g 4
g g g s j g g g j d g g , 3
, g g g g g g g g g g g g 2
g g g g s j g j d g g g , 1

On my needles: Victorian inspired Shawlette

Shawlette
Shawlette

This is the little shawl I’ve been working on in the last few days. Yes, I know – I didn’t really need any more WIPs. But this yarn was so lovely, and it was calling out to me, and I was dying to knit something from “Victorian Lace Today” and … so I started.

I used “A handsome triangle” as a starting point, but added a purled wrong side row in to make the pattern easier to handle for me. Still practicing on the lace …

Now I’m adding a edging, which is given as “Mrs. Hope Vandyke’s”. It works great, and certainly adds a lacy and victorian feel to my shawlette. The only difficulty was working aound the corner, as the technique of doing a double-join every other stitch didn’t seem enough to carry me all the way around the corner. I added in some short rows, and that seems to have done the trick. Will see after blocking.

Shawlette with victorian edging
Shawlette with victorian edging

And like I jinxed it by starting on fall-appropriate items, this morning I woke up to the sound of rain … 😦

Rainy morning
Rainy morning

Sunday Shinies: French Glass buttons

Here are the Sunday Shinies.

Yes, I am aware it’s Monday already, but last week was a bit crazy, culminating in what I fear might have been migraine. Or just the worst headaches ever. Either way, don’t want them again. And they kept me from taking photos. Or getting up and sitting at my PC. Or … you know, anything 😦

However, today is a new day, and here they are!

French Glass Buttons
French Glass Buttons

These are from the 1920s, or so I have been told. I love them – in fact, so much, that I haven’t yet found a worthy piece of clothing to put them on.

They are about 1cm in diameter, and their size would be perfect for a blouse. But since they are made from glass, they are relatively heavy, and I believe a lightweight fabric would not support them very well … ah, for now, I’ll just keep them in my drawer and bring them out from time to time to be admired.