Second verse, same as the first

I am a little way into my blue stripey socks, and they are just not stripey enough. I did know that would happen when I dyed it, but obviously totally ignored it.

blue socksSo when I got a bit bored, I did another skein. More stripes. Rainbow stripes.

rainbow in progress

My problem is the skeining. It’s a real pain to get it back into a ball or a skein. Very labour intensive. I’m sure there’s a trick out there, because lots of people do stripes and I can’t imagine they take hours to reskein each one. Do they?

rainbowStill, the end result is very pretty, and will be lots of fun to knit with. I think my red is a bit too pink, and my orange maybe a bit to red. But I’ve wanted to do a rainbow for a long time, and it’s fun to play with the primaries

The only problem? A real bitch to get back into a sensible state. I need to find a way to do the skeining easily.

Still

Experiment results

I’d been thinking about this one for a while, but earlier in the week this skein finally went into the dye pot. It looks pretty normal in the before picture.

experimentingBut with a little work, I’ve got some beautiful self striping yarn.

gradientIt goes from dark to light and back again, all in the same skein. And it wasn’t as hard as I worried it might be, although to do it again I’m going to have to work out the winding a bit better. My plan is to make toe up, two at a time socks. One from the outside and one from the middle. That should give me two exactly identical striped socks.

two at a timeBy plan, of course I mean I’ve cast on already. I think I’m in love.