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Monday, July 19, 2010

Yarn is good for you!

I was seeing stripes in my sleep last night......
I've been wanting to make self striping yarn for a long time but have never found the time, however, I decided I was going to do it this weekend.

My Friday evening was spent walking up and down the lounge between 2 dining chairs placed 30 feet apart making a very large skein of yarn, the skeins are 400 mtr long, I repeated this process 5 times as I wanted 5 skeins to dye. So add that up - I walked 2 km in all without leaving the house, I knew yarn was good for me lol!

I dyed up the yarns and then realised after they were dry I was going to have to walk the 2 km again to re-skein them. No problem because that would be the following day.

I was so pleased with the way they came out:

I made striped sections that are approx 11.5' long. The sample sock shown above is a 64 stitch sock knitted on 2.5 mm needles at a gauge of 8 stitches per inch. I got stripes that are 5 rows deep. I love the colours and the very subtle variegation in the shades. I think I am going to knit me some socks from one of these skeins. It would also be nice knit into a shawl, I often see those shawls that have very long colour changes and they look beautiful. My next project may be to make some yarns with even longer colour changes specifically for these types of shawls.


  1. What a pleasant way to do your exercise!
    The colours look beautiful - it's like looking at a lolly mixture!

  2. oool ahhh wow! .... go you!!! love it!