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Bad timing, it figures >_<;;

March 15th, 2006 (11:12 pm)
tired

current mood: tired

Of course the KnitPicks package (the one with some stuff for the female sibling's b-day present) had to arrive today; about half a week earlier than expected. >_<;; The one day of the week where I don't want things to arrive if they're to be kept from her. And of course, she was there when I opened the package. (I was expecting Blackberry Ridge's box to arrive around today but no such luck). *sigh* I'll have to think about the second part to her b-day present + the male parental's gift to her still. >_<;; (On the flip side; I'm starting to feel like I'm drowning in yarn now and really want to get it made into things). The box was promptly put aside in a distant corner where I'm not going to be able to go rooting through it easily to pet or look at. *cry*

But one of the things in this box was some "Paint Your Own"; a laceweight undyed yarn that I'm going to try dyeing. From the way the Charlotte's Web shawl is going, I'll have plenty of Koigu left over and the female sibling may have some other stuff I can try experimenting with before trying things out on the "real thing". ^^; It'll be interesting to see how it goes. I wonder if I can try using Easter Egg dyes or hair dyes as well?? Mind you, I've never dyed my hair outside a salon so I have no idea how hair dyes would work or how much they cost compared to "proper" dyes specifically for that purpose. (I'm trying to think of possibilities that are also readily available since I don't know of a good fabric shop in the area any more).

Otherwise, being sent to the frog pond:
- Magic Circle Shawl - I re-read the destructions and discovered I'm short ~3-400 yds of yarn for the project. ;_;
- Tri-aran shawl - I don't like how loose it's coming out on the needles I'm working with. I'll try dropping down a size later or re-doing it with something else; preferably coloured.

This week so far has been just bad WRT timing and expectations. My recurring tea order hasn't happened, notifications aren't coming in as they should making me antsy, and things are taking longer than expected. >_< I'm getting too impatient these days. Internet ordering is really lousy for satisfying the want to shop.

The DFKAL is... I'm not sure if I'll keep going with the yarn I'm using. Supposedly it's Fleece Artist Bluefaced Leicester (sp?) yarn but it's feeling pretty heavy so it might be DK weight? As much as the pattern calls for 375m of fingering for the pseudo-scarf, shawl-by-any-other-name size, I'm feeling like it might be too hefty. Shall see as things continue. I like the colour although it definitely no longer exists (apparently it's from ~2003 or so).

Oh well, bedtime. I went to bed this morning at ~7AM after playing Sims2 all night. Silly goose. :P How sad is it that I've been going to bed with certain patterns for bedtime reading material? I keep trying to match stash with patterns I'm wanting to make. Of course, the fingers can't knit that quickly. *sigh* Four more repeats for Charlotte's Web Shawl plus the edging. -_-;

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Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)

I'm curious, do you wear these shawls or give them away? Also, is it just the challenge of the crafting that got you into it relatively recently (last few years), or have you been knitting for a long time?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 17th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)

Second Q first... This is actually my third attempt to learn to knit so really I've only been knitting since around Christmas. I've known how to do the two primary stitches (knit and purl) from the two previous attempts to learn, but the projects being attempted failed big time. The first was too fiddly resulting in constant errors and the second was too boring resulting in loss of interest.

So far, I've only finished the knitting olympics project which was the lace shawl. It's a bit small and much too light for use right now (I suppose it could be blocked more severely and be large enough for me to use but really would be better for a pre-teen). Some of the shawls being planned/made are ones I want for something (to use or give away), while others are for the process of making them. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the Charlotte's Web for example; I'd probably give it away.

From my past tendencies with crochet, I'm part the give away to others type (sometimes asking what friends would like), part make for me to use, and part "how do you do that..." type. The problem is, since I like the making, I don't necessarily like the finishing (weaving in ends, sewing pieces together, little embroideries etc.) This was a big problem when I was into quilting. I loved piecing and design, but had no interest whatsoever in the actual quilting. ^^;

Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: March 17th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)

Haha. That's exactly my problem with sewing, I will press, cut, piece and then just not finish off the project. :P Because I'm more interested in the process than the result.

God. No wonder I like shoujo manga.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
stillnotcrazy

It's a great sacrifice, but if you're drowning in unused yarn, I could give it a home. It does run the risk of being stalked/hunted/killed by the Daisycat. Or knitted by the Ginny. But I'm willing to take that chance to save you. :-p

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 17th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)

*laughs* I'll definitely keep your offer in mind although, depending on the yarn, I suspect the Ginny might be the bigger threat than the Daisycat! :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, for dye-ing, I don't think I would use hair dye. I don't know about easter egg dye. But lots of people are using kool-aid…

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 16th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)

Hair dyes might work on protein fibers (wool/silk) but not on plant-derived cellulose (cotton, ramie, rayon); also, I don't know what their long-term colorfastness would be like, since hair dye is designed to cope with shampoo/conditioner rather than laundry detergent and washing machines.

There are some great infopages at Dharma Trading, as well as a whole lot of dyeing-type supplies-- I see they now have a yarn section tucked among their fabrics, though I'm starting to give up hope that they're ever going to bring plain yukata back into their clothing list. (It's been, oh, years now since those disappeared from their catalog. Sigh.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 17th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)

Cheers! Yikes they have a lot of different dyes / paints there. O_O;

I'm starting to give up hope that they're ever going to bring plain yukata back into their clothing list.
? For everyday use at home (ie. a nemaki)?

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 17th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)

For dyeing :) They used to have a lovely plain silk kimono, I think in 18-momme weight, but since I'm indulging in wishful thinking anyway, I'd just as rather wish for a cotton yukata since most of my experience has been with Procion dyes on alkalized cotton. (Procion on rayon comes out with slightly different colors than on cotton. Ditto silk; at some point I was experimenting with Dharma's silk/rayon devore velvet with both alkaline and acidic pre-treatments but have now pretty much forgotten the results :b )

What I really want to do at some point is try the traditional rice-paste resist technique. This probably won't happen for rather a while, though; it would require some supplementary equipment which I could kludge up from scratch but don't have the energy to experiment with even if I just went and bought the stuff.

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