Now this is my favorite mistake .
I ask myself , how many times can I do the ol’ “accidentally grab the wrong needle end and knit backwards into the row the other direction” mistake ??? Obviously more times than I can count. Yet each time it happens, I’m a little dumbstruck that I just did it again. Then I laugh, and think to grab the camera and let you laugh too. I’m glad *somebody* is getting entertained.
This sweater I’m naming “Berry Smoothie” for my eldest niece who asked for ‘light purple, and maybe also pink’. The overdyed purply pink and pinkish purple, I achieved on the yarns was by a very light dip in the dyebath. No saturation what-so-ever. The story reads this way:
For Purple : Woman dips grey heathered wool into dye, then yells ” Oh blast !… this is waaaaaay too dark… quick, out with it ….. fast …. and rinse it out !!!! ”
For Plum : “Hmm… I wonder if this little bit of Jacquard Pink left in the container is enough for these five 50g skeins?” Woman dips light blue yarn in dye bath… exhausts the dye-bath to clear in less than one minute. Oops, not enough. Hence uneven dyeing and ~luckily~ interesting variegation.
Well, at least I did look at the colors on the dye packets, and I did pre-saturate the yarn in a diluted vinegar rinse before the dye bath dip. Result was delightedly ‘unsaturated’ variegation of color. I normally prefer the ultra saturated dying, because protein fibers do that so well, and so well attain a depth of richness which exudes such sensuality (I think) and is unmatched by non-protein fibers. A skein of wool (or silk) yarn only needs to look at a packet of dye to change color. Who said I am an Intentional Dyer? Not me, the intention is never there. At best I am a Hopeful Dyer. I think I’ll write a book ” How to spin, dye, and knit completely by accident “. Best-seller ? Not.
But really, I do love the color variegation !
A quick thanks to friends for the comments of previous post, for setting me straight. I do think I’m going to do work on taking more thorough paper notes, and swatching, in the way of scrapbooking for a project, and maybe virtually too in some capacity ~ incorporating the old-fashioned and modern. And, I think I will really work hard at learning to write the text for what I just knit (call it a pattern if you will)…. but…. I’m not going to lay down any rules !
Just doesn’t seem that important. I’m over myself today. Thanks friends !