My Falling In Love socks are off the needles and I'm so happy with them.
I can show you the heart detail properly now - a nice little touch of detail to make them more interesting, don't you think?
After going on a course at the beginning of the month I finally took the plunge and had a go at some multi-coloured yarn dyeing at home. I'm using acid dyes - the acid being vinegar and the colour coming from food dyes - and steaming rather than simmering or microwaving for the heat source.
My original intention was to make something crocus inspired. The bulbs are sprouting and blooming everywhere, reminding us that spring is coming, and I wanted something to capture those colours.
The purple and yellow went well but the green was a bit too close to neon for my liking. When the yarn was dry and still in a skein I was really disappointed with it however, once it was caked (Lucy totally convinced me that I needed a wool winder...) it started to grow on me.
It's actually knitting up in lovely stripy spirals that don't seem too overpowered by the green so we'll see. I have purchased a better green to add to my collection for next time. It's all part of the learning process, right?
I'm working on building a new site for my yarny wares as my shop is a bit clunky and outdated-looking. It's almost ready to launch and I'm super excited about it. There will be some gorgeous new items and a new pattern to accompany the launch. Here's a sneak peek...
Isn't it cheerful?
On the reading front, I have just started Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (recommended by someone in the Yarn Along a couple of weeks ago) and am absolutely LOVING it!
What are you crafting and/or reading at the moment?