Wednesday, June 18, 2008

sock blank

I got a Knit Picks order last week and finally had time to play with one of their new sock blanks yesterday. It was fun! I like the result but I want to figure out a way to stop the color from running into the others while the dye is setting so will keep thinking about it to see if any great idea pops into my head.

I'm going to try to wind off each strand into its own center-pull ball using two ball winders. I'll let you know how that works.

Another full moon picture. This one from the back yard just after sunset.

I bought some solar lights to put up in the sun room. They change color. Dan thinks they're tacky. I think they're fun.
Edited to add:
I set up both ball winders and put a case of blank CDs on the knitted fabric of the blank to hold it in place and provide resistance for the ball winders. It worked surprisingly well to wind off the yarn simultaneously!

Because both of my hands were busy, I couldn't tension the yarn as it was being wound so the ball are kind of loosy-goosy.

So I just rewound each one to snug them up. The one on the left has already been rewound and the one on the right is still waiting.


Jadielady said...

Very cool :) I can't wait to see how they turn out!

Lovs2Knit said...

Nice yarn! I love the colors. I've been thinking about getting some of KPs sock blanks to try. I think the kiddo would get a kick out of dying up her own sock yarn.

Amnicon Studio said...

Ooohhhh, those wound up very pretty. :-) Have fun knitting them up.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what the resulting socks look like. Will you use a specific pattern or go for plain stockinette? I was thinking to get more defined stripes/less bleeding between colors, could you use some sort of barrier method like tie dying?

ChelleC said...

Those turned out great. I agree a plain stockinette sock would show off the colors to best advantage.

Jeri said...

After winding (and re-winding) off the sock blanks, are the curlys relaxing? Or does it "need" to be skeined and straightened?
I just got a sock blank and plan to try out some dyeing.

Leslie Marken said...

I rewound mine after dyeing, too, but first I skeined and wet them and then let them hang to dry to get the kinks out.

Anonymous said...

Dear Susan,

Try wrapping your un-dyed, pre-soaked sock blank in a towel and spinning it in your washing machine. Also, add more vinegar to your dye mixes. More vinegar keeps the colors from running. And, if the blank is spun out well, then there is less liquid to ooze into the next color.

I hope this helps. And, I love what you have done so far!