Tag Archives: hand-dyed

Little things

5 Jul

My Rainbow Trout cowl was knit with hand-dyed and solid cotton.

Merit Badges are a quick and easy way to bust stash yarn and show your knitter pride.

Work continues on the super-secret birthday presents for my parents (only three weeks to go!) but I wanted to update the blog with a few little projects I recently completed. The first is my Rainbow Trout cowl, which I designed myself. The second is a Merit Badge, a great free pattern designed by Amanda Ochocki. I used some leftover hand-dyed sock yarn to make a cute stripey badge. (I did not knit the shrug)

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Reclaimed

19 May

When I first started knitting I bought a lot of nice yarn and knit a lot of mediocre stuff that I never wore. These items (mostly scarves because they’re easy) have been hanging around the house staring at me, wondering why they never see the light of day. It’s a good question, so I decided to do something about it.

This led to a lot of hunting down these items, unweaving ends, and ripping it all out. At the end I had quite a few balls of gorgeous worsted-weight cotton waiting to become something beautiful that will actually be worn.

Some of this yarn is a hand-dyed cotton of unknown origin and some is Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. Generally soft yarns like the Blue Sky Alpacas get really fuzzy when ripped out, but it all still looked great, so I started looking for new patterns.

After cruising Ravelry for days and checking out bags, scarves, shawls, hats and mittens, I just wasn’t happy with any patterns. I realized it was time to take things into my own hands.

Taking two of the colors of my reclaimed yarn I’ve started working on Rainbow Trout, a cushy cowl with alternating stockinette and garter stitch. The simple stitch pattern will highlight the beauty of the yarn and make for an easy side project. The name is inspired by the colors of the yarn, which remind me of the rainbow trout that fill Montana’s rivers and streams.

Now I’m just searching for the perfect buttons. I have some ceramic fishies in mind, but we’ll have to wait and see. This project will likely see more wear when autumn hits, but early mornings can still be chilly in Montana, so when this is all finished it may come along on my morning bike rides.