Friday, January 14, 2011
FO Friday: Hand Dyed Mona Socks
Pattern: Mona by Cookie A.
Source: Knit, Sock, Love
Materials: Kona Superwash Fingering hand-dyed with mushrooms, and US 1 needles
My Modifications: None! I am almost always tempted to change things up a bit when I knit socks, but Cookie A. is a sock designing genius after all, so I decided to follow the directions exactly.
My absolute favorite thing about these socks is that the slight variegation of my hand-dyed yarn matches that of the yarn pictured in Cookie A.'s book. Both pairs of socks have a similar amount of light flecks which are highlighted by the texture of the pattern. I had fun setting up a photo to demonstrate:
As mentioned in a previous post, it was just a happy accident that it turned out this way when I tied the skein up a little bit too tight before leaving them overnight in a dye-bath made from Jack-o-Lantern mushrooms. I ended up liking the yarn enough to repeat the experiment. The second time I increased the variegation by tying off more areas of the skein, and decreased the time in the dye pot for a lighter color. This time the green tones really came through:
Can you believe that the licorice hue of my Mona socks and the olive tones of this new skein came from the same mushroom dyebath? Dyeing with natural materials continues to fascinate me. I hope to attend a workshop on the subject someday. For now I'm educating myself through books and experimentation. It is especially fun to work with sock yarn because every skein can be unique and still be enough yardage for a knitting project. There are only so many pairs of socks I can knit from my own hand dyed yarn however, so I am starting to dream of my own Etsy storefront. If I do open one, you will be the first to know!
As you know by now, I have been linking my Wednesday and Friday posts with other crafty bloggers over at Tami's Amis. She has really started something, as there were 31 posts listed on the most recent WIP Wednesday. It's been fun to see new projects, learn about blogs I wouldn't have found otherwise, as well as to both give and receive encouragement on the knitting front. If you haven't already, I encourage you to join in!