I finished a pair – knitted Socks that Rawk

“If we took a holiday…
Just one day out of life”
“It would be so nice.”

Pattern : Holidazed (StR Sock Club)
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks that Rock – Mediumweight
Colorway: Muddy Autumn Rainbow (Sock club color)
Needles: Knit Picks size 1 (2.5mm)

I loved working this pattern. The yarn itself was magical.
When I first received it I thought, “oh that’s pretty.”
Then I wound it and thought, “wow, it is gorgeous.”
I cast it on and fell madly in love as the colors began to shimmer and shine.

And look how much I have left!

The rib is stretchy and the yarn is cushy – what more could you ask for in a sock except dreamy color.

Adventures in yarn dying : some photos of the process pt.2

One of the assignments in dye class was to work with your discomfort color. Here are my 3 skeins drying on the bottom rack this morning.


My discomfort color is orange, so the first skein on the left was (and still is) my least favorite. Here’s a close up fully dried – I’m showing the green here because I like that part best.


The dye color is a lot less saturated than it started out. My second favorite, the blue and green below started out with much deeper blues. But I like the faded look of these colors and they remind me of worn comfortable denim.

Comfortable jeans

My very favorite is the blackberry. I thought it would be black black but I still love the result.

Happy colors

So here they are – all happy together. I got a much deeper appreciation of independent dyers and their process. Especially when they have to try to replicate a colorway hundreds of times.

las tres

Thanks again Tina for this look into the dying world.

Adventures in yarn dying : some photos of the process pt.1

In the last post I mentioned being assigned the task of thinking about the colors I love. That was all preparation for the class I had the great good fortune of taking from Blue Moon Fiber Arts‘ Master Dyer Tina.


The room was all set up and we spent a little time learning about wool and how the manufacturing/milling process changes the way dyes adhere. We worked with BMFA Socks that Rock yarn in medium weight and the same acid dyes that Blue Moon uses.


Here’s Tina showing us first how to add the colors.


She adds a second color and shows us how they blend together.


After adding a few more colors she demonstrates the fine art of “squooshing.

She lets us loose and we start playing with the colors – oh what fun!



This is IrishGirlie’s : Isn’t it beautiful?!


Once it is all saturated and ready to go, it gets a squirt of vinegar and wrapped it up in plastic so it is all nice and snug.


Here they are ready for the microwave (2 min) to set the colors, then they’ll dry.


I can’t wait to see the results! Hopefully I’ll be able to share a few photos tomorrow when we pick up our very own hand-painted yarn.