Sunday, December 20, 2009

My First Taste of Dyeing with Kool-Aid

I've been knitting away on some holiday scarves. One of the patterns I was curious too see in a lighter weight yarn so I did a swatch with Knitpicks "Palette" - a fingering weight wool. I then had a chance to use my new blocking mats from Knitpicks. The result was beautiful. Well, I don't usually knit with white, and was itching to play with some color. For some strange reason, we had some orange Kool-Aid packages - even though we don't drink Kool-Aid... So I wound up two balls loosely and threw them in the microwave. The effect was vary ... variegated. I let them dry a bit and then rewound them and redyed them. I love how it came out the second time.

I'm going to enjoy knitting a lightweight scarf with this variegated Oranges & Cream color. Of course I couldn't wait to knit with it so I started off the same as the white swatch, and you can really see the difference blocking can make. Now it's back to holiday gift knitting...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Too Busy to Blog

I've been a bad blogger. But that just means now I have more to share! I haven't been keeping up with my photos either... Our trip to California in May consumed my two cameras and it's hard to sift through over 2,000 pictures!!! (And of course I've been just adding more. I can't believe my memory cards can hold that much!) Above you'll see a picture from our vacation. Zady was very excited to visit the Lego Store in Anaheim (Downtown Disney.)
He lost his first tooth while visiting Disneyland and the tooth fairy left him $20!!! (She must have known how expensive Disneyland is...) We went straight to the Lego store the next morning to purchase the Crystal King set.
Look at him checking out the $400 Death Star Set.

We just went to the Lego Kidsfest a little over a week ago here in CT at the Hartford Convention Center - so that's why I've been revisiting these photos. It was a major hit and super busy!!! We weren't as surprised as most to see the lifesize lego creations because we had seen a lot of them already at the lego store. Here is Darth Vader...
We'll have to make a special trip to find a Lego store here on the east coast because it was one of Zady's favorite things about our vacation.

Look for more blog updates (with knitting) coming soon!