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The weather is starting to get me down

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on March 10, 2009

I don’t think we’ll ever see the sun again.  it’s hidden under stormy skies that I wish would go away.  It was getting me down so I had to go into the basement last night and dye yarn in bright colors.  Here’s a few for you to look at.  :)


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Look at my pictures and you can tell I’ve been busy

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on January 4, 2009

I wish there was some sort of machine that would stop time so you got to do all of the things you want to do during the day. Wouldn’t that be nice? everything would stop for a bit or slow down and you’d have the opportunity to do more with your day? Wishful thinking, but it still makes me smile.

I’ve spent most of this week getting ready to teach some classes on Monday and playing catch up at work. Had to design a new blank pattern using worsted weight wool (the purple socks with the diamond pattern) and then make the blanks. A friend of mine, Pat, helped me by making the sock blanks on her bulky machine. I don’t have a machine that would handle the two strands of worsted weight yarn, so Pat made them for me. Thank you dear Pat, you did such a nice job on them. Here’s a rose for you :)

Can’t believe it’s January all ready. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, full of love and family. Here’s some of the thing’s I’ve been knitting on lately:

These are socks made on a circular sock machine


This is a sock blank that I made for a X-mas present


Below are more socks.  My life is socks.  :)




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It’s a windy, blustering day out

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on November 7, 2008

I stare out my window as the leaves are falling to the ground.  Fall is a nice season, I think it’s my favorite time of the year because you start to bundle up in wool sweaters.  It makes me nostalgic for the times I flew kites with my girlfriend Lissa in middle school.  We had an art project at school and made a huge dragon kite.  It didn’t fly well and crashed straight off, but then we tied the string to the cheap plastic kites you could buy for a dollar….. and they soared into the sky.  :)

Here’s some of the yarns I dyed early this week.  Hope you enjoy looking. 


Green, Brown and Teal                                        Red, Orange, Gold and Brown


Greens, Blues and Brown                                      Purples and Brown



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Here’s some more leg warmers

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on November 5, 2008


Had to put this pretty picture in first, so as not to blind you with the next photo.  :)

Here’s another pair of leg warmers for you to look at.  Don’t let the colors fool you.  I’ve got to admit that I didn’t like this  yarn blank at first.  That’s the reason I picked it for a project, because I didn’t think people would buy it straight of and wanted to show them what it would do.  It didn’t dye the way I had intended, the red dyed too harsh.  Dyes are funny, different colors attach themselves to the wool differently.   Now that its knit it up….. it works!  now I like how the colors lay out together.  Well, you decide for yourself.  This is at the Knitch right now.

Here was the sock blank: 


Here the same blank knitted up as leg warmers:


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Green and Blue Blanks

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 17, 2008

Last night I dyed a bunch of sock blanks and fell in love with one of them.  I used several different blues and yellows to make the greens below, then added some browns as a neutral. It turned out great.  I’d love to keep it for myself, but I promised Kerri that I’d make knitting samples to include with her display….. so here’s what I’m going to do.  I wound off the blank into 2 separate balls, then rewound one of them so that the colors were reverses.  Then I’m going to use both ends of one ball to make a striped sock.  The reversed one should be a mirror image of the other sock. 


As you can see from the photo – the colors on each side of the blank are different enough to show up against each other (the two blues look like the same color in the photo, but they aren’t. the one on the end is washed out from my light source.).  Cool eh????? Can’t wait to knit it up but I don’t have time to handknit it (oh, how I wish I had more time) so I’m putting it on my Brother 965i.  That’s an electronic knitting machine with a ribber.  I’ve already started the toe and will now devide it up between the main bed and the ribber bed and knit in the round.  The toe part looks good, now I just have to hope that it transfers W.O.P. (“with out problems”).  I may do the top rib by hand, machine knit ribs are too elastic.


I was also going to work on a lacy scarf with two skeins I dyed last week.  One is hot pink with chocolate brown and the other is golden browns with a bit of green.  The yarn was dyed in skeins, so they will have a regularly spaced color change.  I’m thinking of alternating those rows with random widths, just have to work out how to hide the carry overs.  There’s a web site to generate random stripes on the internet from Kiss your shadow: it’s a nice program, but can never get the graphic to print out.  (it does print off a list of how many rows you want to knit)  I took a seminar from Iris Bishop last month and she had a simple way to make lace on a knitting machine that I wanted to experiment with.

hot pink, Brown, and golden yellow

hot pink, Brown, and golden yellow

Ok, it’s several hours later and I’m updating my post.  I tried to make a fancy sock on the machine, but dropped a stitch at the toe.  all of the shaping done on two beds is hard to correct.  The beds are very close together and it’s impossible to fit your fingers in there to manipulate the stitches.  I’m telling you this to get your sympathy.  It didn’t work out the way I wanted.  The colors,  however, are gorgous and so I just HAD to post a photo of it! 
Look at how the colors intermixed.  I knew I’d love how this blank worked up.  Now I’m planning on making leg warmers out of it, because i don’t have time to figure out the sock problem. 

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