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Dye experiments

I've been drawn to the idea of dying my own gradient yarns for a while, but was put off by imagined  lengthy & complicated dye sessions involving multiple of re-windings and dye baths. I recently dragged out the dyepot, inspired by this blog post & gave it a whirl. I wound my yarn blanks into very tight little balls, & placed them dry into the dye bath, using Ashford's purple dye. 

Two things that are immediately obvious: the 'purple' is really more a deep pink; and winding into a very tight little ball does not really give a gradient effect. More a graduated speckle on just a little bit of the yarn. The yarn is far too tight & too effective a resist for the dye to soak into the ball. 
I'm happy enough with the results though, especially after re-skeining & over-dyeing the yarn with complementary colours.  These three mini-skeins became pink, & are intended for a jumper for the Small Human. 
And I added a mixture of blue & purple to thi…

New Pattern; Camden Twist Cardigan

Introducing Camden Twist Cardigan! It is written in 6 sizes from 0-3 months to 2 years. It is sized with approximately 2.5 - 5 cm positive ease. It is worked from the top down, with raglan shaping. It features a simple cable design along the front & back of the cardigan. The button & button hole bands are knitted on after. 
The pattern is shown in Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed in 'Too Rouge' colour way, in the 2 year size. I really enjoyed using this yarn. It is surprisingly soft & springy to knit (compared with how it feels in the skein). The 'Too Rouge' colour way has a wonderful depth & strength of colour typical of Townhouse Yarns.

Sizes: 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months, 2 years. Yarn requirements: approximately (100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150)g 4 ply / fingering weight yarn. Gauge: 28 st per 10 cm / 4'' in stocking stitch

Materials: 2.5 mm needle or size needed to achieve gauge. The pattern can be knit with a long circular needle - using magi…

Finished Knit: Zapote

I've just finished a new hoodie for the Small Human. The pattern is Zapote from Carol Feller's book Short Row Knits , & the yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red, from This is Knit.  The buttons are from fairly recent stash, probably bought in Hickey's. 
I **LOVE** this garment. It is worked from the top town, using short rows to shape the garter stitch hood. The garment features raglan increases at the shoulders, and slipped-stitch i-cord edging along the front.
The garter stitch cuffs can be folded back to allow the all-important growing room. The increases along the sides of the body allow room for nappy bulk in smaller sizes, or for dresses. The garter stitch pockets are perfect for stashing Important Things like pine cones found on walks. The pattern is graded from 6 months to 10 years.

This is the second time I've knit this pattern; I was lucky enough to knit one of the samples that appears in the book, & was itching to knit it again (In Fyberspates Viva…

Finished Knits: Bumble Hats

I've some finished knits to show off! 3 hats for 3 siblings, all are modified versions of TinCanKnits' wonderful pattern Bumble, knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. With all 3 hats, I added extra length and worked the crown decreases over fewer rows. I knit the two-row stripes version, one each of the baby, toddler and child sizes (pictured right to left). 
The slipped-stitch fabric is very stretchy, which means it should fit little growing heads for a while. This also means that my obliging model could fit all 3 on her head for a photo!
I left off the pom-poms because the added weight tends pull a hat off the child's head; I didn't have a chance to check fit on the children these hats are intended for before handing over these knitted gifts.   I intend to make another version for my own small human with the pom-pom included, as (obviously) I will be able to check that the hat is snug-fitting enough to stay in place with the pom-pom.

I really enjoy browsing TinCanKnits…

Finished Knits round-up

I have been knitting away, but have failed to share any finished objects lately. 
First up, a pair of Ysolda Teague's Wee Envelopes, knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Clotted Cream. The buttons are from stash. I think the darker ones were reclaimed from a pair of combat trousers. The finished garment is very sweet. I find squooshy garter stitch really pleasing for baby knits for its comfort & stretchiness. The pattern is very well written, with an interesting construction, & required just a little attention for the sleeves & yoke. The body section just flies off the needles. These almost matching jumpers will be making their way to two cousins' new babies. The cousins used to dress in matching outfits back in the day!
This hat is based on Woolly Wormheads IGBeanie & is knit using some handspun yarn. (Toddler's choice, it has sparkles - aka angelina!) I changed most of the hat to stocking stitch to try make the most of limited handspun, but this me…