(Although the family drew lots on Easter to see whose socks would be knit first in the end I skipped #2, The Tiger's sock blank. I am worried the feet will be an unfortunately feminine color for the boy. With some discussion with his Mom and Dad they reassured me it is the dyeing of the yarn not the colors The Tiger is interested in. So these socks will be next.)
I jumped into the saddle, knitting SadieLouWho's sock blank and really like the springy like the results!
Pattern: Toe the Line Socks by Amanda Bourke
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Single Strand Sock Blank
Colorway: Not So Secret Horse Lover
Needle Size: US Size 1
After the kiddos finished their Easter egg dyeing we started in on
the sock yarn dyeing! I was surprised how much everyone enjoyed it.They
understand the socks will be fraternal and they don’t mind a bit.
Sarah painted five sunflowers with blue sky in the background on her sock blank. Socks are done! The Flying North Pattern was perfect for this busy
yarn! As these socks were progressing I sent photos to the
artist/dyer and she
We couldn't wait to wind the yarn up into cakes.
I knit one sock from the outside of the cake toward the inside and then I started the second sock from the inside out. I did this because of the different shades in the yarn, ending in a fairly close match!
Pattern: Flying North by Maria Montzka, Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Strand Sock Blank
Needle Size: US Size 1
Last month I dyed some yarn using ice cubes. What started out as a disaster was over dyed into some pretty nice yarn. Not wanting to knit a vanilla sock and having used the usual male patterns I went on the hunt for a new one to try and Syncopation Socks fit the bill. I like the look of the unworn sock but when worn the pattern stretches out a bit and loses the unusual texture.
Pattern: Syncopation by Mary Henninger Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Colorway: Blackberry Cobbler Needle Size: US Size 1
The Chick That Flew The Coop and NorDakFamily arrived last Tuesday and soon the Easter Festivities began.
I had discovered a new game for the kiddos called Tenzie. The rules and supplies are simple:
Each player needs ten dice in an individual color. Everyone rolls the first roll at the same time, decides what number they are going to collect, and after the first roll there are no turns - just roll the dice to collect all of the number decided upon. When the player has collected all ten of the same number he calls out "Tenzi!". The kiddos liked playing, there was no pouting from anyone because as soon as one game was played (it took about two minutes) another started! Fun!!
I also had some spring sun catchers for them to paint they loved doing them after running around outside and visiting the neighbor's horses.
We had Easter early as the NorDakFamilly had to head home Easter morning so egg dying happened on Thursday:
This year we used Koolaid to dye the eggs, 2/3 cup water and 1 package of Koolaid. They turned out very nice - but forget purple it turns out a murky color. Our plans were to start eating the eggs by having deviled eggs at dinner but that idea faded as we used up the dye by painting sock blanks...
I had soaked sock blanks in water with a bit of vinegar (the Koolaid is said to have enough acid to hold the dye but I didn't want to take any chances). First the kiddos began dying:
The blanks started out with "secret codes" written in them but soon just ended up with COLOR.
(The Tiger's is on the left and SadieLouWho's is on the right)
While the kiddos blanks were steaming in the microwave, The PurlGurl started painting hers. She knew before starting just what was going on her blank:
Gaining enthusiasm for this project The Chick jumped into the paint pots, where the accountant's need for order came into play:
The Boy likes his socks and as he watched others dyeing their own yarn, the glimmer in his eyes became a glow and soon he was painting his next pair of socks:
Although the sock blanks can be knit straight from the blank this family wanted to see what their creations looked like wound into cakes:
I'm excited to show you the socks as they are knit up!
Growing up I often heard Mom recite this poem when I became a bit of a challenge:
"There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid."
Mom holding me about at about 2 years old
Mom said it was a Mother Goose rhyme but recently after seeing a darling little girl with curly hair I did some research and found out that in fact it's a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem.
The rest of the poem goes like this:
One day she went upstairs,
When her parents, unawares,
In the kitchen were occupied with meals,
And she stood upon her head
In her little trundle-bed,
And then began hooraying with her heels.
Her mother heard the noise,
And she thought it was the boys
A-playing at a combat in the attic;
But when she climbed the stair,
And found Jemima there,
She took and she did spank her most emphatic.
I love this colorway and I seem to be able to duplicate it fairly well! This time I used Wilton's food coloring. English podcaster, Tilly Trout, recommended the pattern which looks very nice in this colorway! When I'm a bit worried if I have enough yarn I like to do the toes, heels, and ribbed tops in a contrasting color.
Pattern: Slip Stitch Lines by La Maison de Saba, Fishlips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Sock Yarns Heritage, Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn
Colorway: Turquoise and Poolside Bitch
Needle Size: US Size 1