Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blue and White

Lily asked what colors I would spin in a yarn remembering my Mom. Blue and white, without question. Mom loved the combination, (as do I) and wore it often. Maybe it was a subconscious choice when I was spinning up the yarn for the raglan sweater I am knitting. The blue/gray/white yoke yarn was spun sitting next to Mom, and I began knitting it sitting next to Mom too. Now I sit, knitting on the sweater, trying to figure out what I'm going to do with my life.

The yoke part is done, and I still don't like that wide white stripe. Here, I have wet the sweater, and arranged it on my sheet pan I use for felting. I mixed up my dye (Pro-Chem One Shot)with a bit of hot water, and started dabbing it on using a cotton cloth. A sponge brush probably would have worked better, but I didn't have a clean one. I decided the one row of white (under the wide white stripe) looked out of place, so I dabbed it blue too.


I then gathered it up and put it in my dyeing crock, being careful not to touch the new blue dabbed stripe on anything else. I made sure there was a bit of water in the bottom of the crock pot, and put it in the oven at 375 for about 25 minutes. I let it cool, then rinsed. It seemed to have worked. Once I have the whole thing done, with sleeves and body in the dark dark blue, I may change my mind and try to dye the stripe darker. It's staying for now.

6 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Nice! I'm really liking the way the "dye job" came out so far.

Thinking of you and hoping (even though your mom's passing has left a huge hole in your heart and life) you have bunches of exciting ideas bouncing around in your head as far as what direction your life will take now. Give yourself enough time to rest, and get your feet securely under yourself. Then you go for it, Girl!

Annette said...

I think that color that you put on the white looks great with the rest of the colors.

Diann said...

glad to see your work in progress Anne. glad you could meet me for coffee yesterday.

Cindy said...

What Mama Pea said!

Leslie said...

I am glad to see that you can honour your Mum in such a way.

Lynn said...

I think it is fitting that you are working on "the blues" at this time; the symbolism is knit right into the peace.