Hand-dyed yarns are beautiful. I love the subtle variations in the solids, the way it creates depth in the garment you're knitting. I like hand-dyed yarns so much I find regular yarns a bit boring (though tweeds are rather nice).
But these yarns also require a bit more thought when knitting. Those variations can really show at the point at which you change skeins--even when they look identical wound up.
I know this. I know the rules: alternate skeins. Or if you want to take a chance alternate skeins near the end of a ball--for 30 rows or so to ease the transition.
I'm going to blame my cold and that I was at Xander's soccer tournament and the pretty colour and pattern and anything else that doesn't make me not remember that you need to alternate (because I've done this with my Vino coat and a few others; none of which I've documented here because of the **shame**).
And, of course, that one ball that's a tad lighter than the others...it's the front.
Right at the chest line. Nice.
It's blocking right now (on top of the back--I like to block the pieces this way to ensure they're the same size). When it dries, I'll rip back to a few inches below the underarm and alternate skeins. It's probably a few hours work, but it's the right thing to do.
Hopefully this time I'll learn my lesson.
At least I have this pretty sleeve to keep me happy (and yes, I alternated near the end of the skein).
This is a much more accurate photo of the colour. Another thing about hand-dyed yarns--they're tricky to photograph.
I've been a one project girl for the last 2 weeks. I like when I get taken in by a project and just want to knit it all the time. Must be because Fall is coming.
The sweater is Ahni from the latest Twist Collective. It's chugging along very nicely--I finished the back last week and am at the armholes of the front after a weekend of watching Xander play soccer (second place in the tournament AND second in the league!).
The yarn is Indigodragonfly MCS worsted in Unemployed in Greenland. It's super nice to knit with--that silky shine, cashmere, a tight twist to show off the stitch pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and I think the colour is glorious.
Here's the colour at it's truest (all the indoor photos don't do it justice)
And, I'll be finished in time for Rhinebeck. Whee!
Uh, sorry, I disappeared for a few weeks there. I was on holiday for the last two weeks of August and really ramped down my time on line. I think it's good to do that sometimes--disconnect and play. I wasn't completely off--I still read Twitter and I was never without internet--but I just scaled back. No checking work email, no looking at tweets throughout the day, no blogging or hanging out online...less of it all.
Now I'm back to work, the kids are back in school and the laziness of Summer is slowly ramping up to the busy times of Fall. Looking at the photos from my time off, I can say I'm not ready.
And, I miss attending TIFF. I think heading out for a crazy number of movies made a nice bridge into Fall. Next year I think I'll take a few days off and see some movies. I'm writing it down to remind myself!
So what did I do while I was away? Lots of reading, knitting, hanging out with the kids and a whole lot of unstructured time. We clean some rooms (big decluttering), I finally painted the basement stairs (I'm not even going to look in the archives to see when they were installed. It was at least 2 years ago that I primed them) and got to some neglected around the house stuff.
We also had a mini-family reunion at my cousin's pool (so much fun) and took it easy.
For example: Fan Expo
Emma is turning into quite the fan-girl so jumped at the chance to hang out with her fellow geeky nerds. We all really liked the Lego
We saw some stars: John Barrowman, Nanna Visitor, Levar Burton and Emma's current favs Spike and Drusilla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer (which she and I are watching for the first time right now)
Each kid got one treat. Xander scored an awesome square Minecraft Mug and Emma waited patiently in line to meet Juliet Landau (Drusilla). She was great (we all met her) and Emma was a bit overwhelmed:
She was better when we met Megan Fahlenbock, the voice of Gwen from Total Drama Island (a show we all LOVE). She was great to talk to (closer to my age than the characters she does voices for).
The whole day was busy but fun. We embrace our nerdiness.
Even though we're total city mice, we also took some time to play country mice too.
Off to the cottage.
There were frogs:
Swims in two lakes:
Fishing (we fish in a private lake that seems to be filled with fish--I love it because I always catch a bass with minimal effort)
Knitting--I finished my first ever pair of socks from my handspun. I had lots of yarn and I'm full of moxy so I went for knee socks.
(this is a truer photo of the colour)
I will definitely do knee socks and handspun socks again (I have some superwash on the wheel right now--but haven't spun since we started the kitchen reno).
Everyone had a fun holiday. We're still wishing it's summer, but also don't mind the coming of Autumn. I've already started a beautiful new Rhinebeck sweater!