Friday, February 16, 2007

function over fashion

Does anybody remember that Bubba Sparxx song, "You're Ugly"? well that's what goes through my head when i look at this:
Black Kitty's Kitty Pi in progress
Yes, it is Black Kitty's Kitty Pi bed. i learned last night that i have a lot of non-coordinating worsted weight leftovers. this thing ain't gonna win any beauty contests, but if it's warm, i guess that's what counts. i need to knit 10 more rows before i get to the decreases. this project is really good for finally using up all those little bits and pieces, but i wouldn't want to stare at it for too long. maybe it's a commentary on our post-postmodern world. yeah, that's it.

when i got home from work last night, i felt the urge to dye some self-striping yarn. i happened to have 3 packets each of orange and grape koolaid, and 2 skeins of cream shepherd's baby wool in my stash. i wound a super long hank with a little help from my kitties, and marked off uneven portions to dye, so the stripes should be pretty irregular.
All Hallow's Eve self-striping dye
unfortunately, the orange bled onto the cream when i rinsed it. i'm not thrilled, but it's my first attempt. i can't wait to knit it up to see how it turned out. i have 2 more balls in pink that i think i'll handpaint this weekend. if it turns out well, i might spring from some knitpicks dye your own. i like dyeing my stash--it's like new skeins of yarn, but without all the cash expenditures and taking up more space.
All Hallow's Eve Self-Striping
and here it is, all skeined up. it was a huge pain in the ass, and therefore i doubt i'll do self-striping yarn very often. but it does look very pretty. i think i'll make a pair of jaywalkers.
All Hallow's Eve Skeined

5 comments:

  1. Isn't dyeing fun?? You just don't know what you'll get and the desire to see what it will look like is strong!
    I can't wait to see your purple, orange,pale orange, cream yarn!

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  2. at first the photo was a beret, and i was worried for you. but as a cat bed, it's cool. and i'm sure black kitty will dig the scrappy look, being from the street and all... ;)

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  3. It's so cool! It reminds me of Halloween because the purple looks almost black in the picture. Now I want Halloween stripy yarn!

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  4. Isn't it funny when the yarn is just dyed, you don't think it'll be good...until you reskein it!! It looks great! Still surprises me what kool-aid can do! Excellent job! :)

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  5. Wow, nice dye job! And all from a packet of colored sugar!

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