A few things I meant to post, but never got around to:
Stitch n Bitch Night at the Orange County Museum of Art, 2.24.2006
This was organized by the moderator of the Long Beach Stitch n Bitch group, who apparently also works at the museum. Members from various SoCal knitting/crochet groups also attended — it was a nice turnout. We all knitting for a while, got to walk around and examine the installations and exhibits and watched a fiber artist knit with giant needles and thick wrapping ribbon. I didn’t take any pictures, but a woman from Squeeze OC took a bunch of pictures and posted them on their site.
Wine, Dye ‘n Knit party, 3.11.06
Since some of my knitting friends and I got into dyeing our own yarns, I decided to host this little shindig. A handful of girls came over — ust the right number of people. We are all able to dye at the same time in the kitchen. Wine+Dye+Wool+Good company+food=sublime. I didn’t take any photos unfortunately (couldn’t find the camera), but Zona did. I’m waiting for her to post or send. I dyed the fabulously priced 60% cashmere/ 40% wool yarn I purchased at Newton’s to for my Clapotis project. I’ll have to post my dyed cash-merino later…haven’t taken pix yet.
Stinky Silk Woes 3.19.06
I attempted to dye a 50/50 silk/wool blend yarn. Damn, wet silk stinks! Smells kind of like the Fishmarket in Seattle. Well, I stood in the kitchen for 1 hour wondering why my yarn would not take the dye. Hmm, proabaly just needs more citric acid than wool. So, I added more citric acid. And then waited. Added more. Waited. After I ended up adding like 1 cup of citric acid, I finally got out my dye book (which of course, I didn’t read through), turned to one of the pages on silk: “…dye with acid dyes…takes up dye beautifully and faster than wool…” LIAR! This author sucks! Then I waited a little longer and hoped that maybe by some weird osmosis, the yarn will suck up the dye simply because I read that bit. More time passed. Then I scratched my discombobulated head…hmm, the index did list other pages on silk. So, I consulted my book again “…silk must be wetted well…at least 4 hours or overnight…” What!? “…or fibers will not take dye…” Why didn’t it mention that earlier?!? Well, since it was already past midnight, and I had to get up at 5:45 am, I had to abandon my silk-dyeing attempt. So instead of shiny skein of silk/wool with shades of blue, cyan, teal, and turquoise highlighted by small traces of lavender, I got weird milky baby blue with spots of pink-lavender. 😦 The smell lingered the next morning. Stay tuned for part 2 in Adventures in Stinky Silkland.
EDIT: See picture of Stinky Snafoo.