Sunday, 16 February 2014

Disappearing Days!

I swear my days and weeks are getting shorter!! There really aren't enough hours in the day and time passes in a blur of mundane chores, toddler (aka constant!) breastfeeding and very, very little sleep.
I've been insanely restrained and not cast on a new WIP despite my beads arriving for my next shawl.

I'm determined to finish the damn lovely blanket first and am just starting repeat 7 of 10 so the end is in sight!! Only 45 rows to go squeee!!

I had a dabble in a bit more yarn dyeing last week, with my rekindled love of gradient colours encouraging me to have a try at my own gradient yarn. I decided to play with some Kool Aid, simply because my acid dye stash is very depleted and a skein of Knit Picks Bare Fingering I had lurking in the yarn stash.

I divided the skein into 4 mini skeins (with the help of the kitchen scales and my new mini niddy noddy), without breaking the yarn and ensuring each mini skein was tied off well - I cannot untangle yarn to save my life!! It was then dyed with the following :
Mini skein 1: 3 sachets Peach Mango
Mini skein 2: 2 sachets Peach Mango/1 sachet Watermelon
Mini skein 3: 2 sachets Watermelon/1 sachet Black Cherry
Mini skein 4: 3 sachets Black Cherry 

(although for future reference…3rd mini skein needed less Black Cherry and 4th skein needed more to achieve a better red)

On the whole it worked okay!! A few areas where the skeins were tied had less dye saturation but otherwise worked well and can't wait to try again.

I still haven't got round to taking decent pictures of my last shawl (although today's weather would have been ideal) but it's had lots of wear. I realised again today I really need a green shawl as I had nothing matchy matchy for today's Hell Bunny dress! A dress which fits a tad less snugly as I have lost my first stone as of this week which is nice! The severe sugar cravings are still there but only occasionally succumbed to with the odd biscuit or nibble of chocolate (ok...and maybe a creme egg!) so whilst the weight loss isn't as fast as I'm used to at 3ish lbs a week, it is at least much more sustainable than starving myself!!

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