I feel a little sad now that August is over and my 30 Day Knitting Challenge has ended. It was pretty fun to have a prompt to write to every day and helped me get into a blogging habit again. I have also learned a lot about my general posting wants and have decided that I will not be posting on my blog every day again for a little while. Instead, I will update this blog three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Since I spent a whole month not really talking about what I have been crafting, I thought I would take a day to share what I managed to get done in the month of August.
The biggest thing is that I learned how to dye fiber and yarn with Kool-Aid with the help of the Kool-Aid Dyeing Study Hall at Hogwarts at Ravelry. It is really fun and really easy to do. Surprisingly easy. I still have eight more ounces of fiber I want to dye pink and green, but I am waiting for the weekend that my parent’s will be out of the house (and I will be house/dog sitting) so we don’t get in each others way while I finish up my dyeing.
My Aunt’s Sock Commission has been going very well. I have three out of the six socks done and all the solid and semi-solid colors have been knit. I do have a light gray tonal that I am going to be knitting, but since that has more shade variations than a semi-solid, I don’t really count that as a solid color. Strange, but it makes me happy to not be knitting just a solid gray anymore.
I have also completed my fiance’s Christmas Socks! They are the Hermione Pattern (which is one of his favorite patterns) and knit in Knit Picks Felici Jingle. I think I might be in trouble because ever since I had him try on the first sock, he has been picking out colors from my Felici stash. They are the colors I first got for him so that’s fine, but now whenever it is in stock I’ll have to remember to show him the Felici colors. I also measured his toes and knit a three inch round toe that fits his foot perfectly. He has very long toes that I affectionately call “monkey toes” because he can pick small objects up with his feet.
The last thing I’ve been doing is a little spinning of the pink and purple fiber I dyed up. I am trying out the long draw method to make my singles softer and fluffier before I ply it into (hopefully) fingering weight sock yarn. I have to remember to relax and let the yarn do its own thing instead of trying to control the fiber like I normally do with a short draw. It is different, but relaxing once you get it down.