Friday, April 14, 2006

The Complexities of Science

Comment Frenzy

Rhett said:

week old pizza huh? my food of note was spicey stir fried beef from the new thai restaurant in town.... it was good but should have come with a warning label... like don't mix asian food after 3 coronas and chase it with red wine... oooooohhhh the tummy today... i am excited to see the pics of the dying.... that sounds so cool!!!

Rhett! I refer you to my collection of poetry! Here, I'll repost:

Liquor before beer, never fear.
Beer before liquor, never been sicker.
Beer before wine, you'll have one hell of a hangover.

The science has spoken.

Now for the real science. The science that sent me to the yarn shop at 8pm for a sale ending that night.

First, I needed to make a smaller skein than 8 ounces. I mean, that is a lot of wool. I tried winding it on my arm, but that got kind of unwieldy and tangly and uncomfortable. So I pondered: What do I have already in my house that I can wind yarn on that is pretty long?


Yes. The legs of the coffee table. The voices in my head said it was okay.
I tied up the skein -

lounging skein
All tied up and ready to go.

here it is, lounging with some acrylic I used for tying and some JoAnn Sensations wool/cotton blend I used to attempt to weigh my wad of wool. I have no idea how much it weighs, still.

Then we got to go for a swim in some warm water and Ivory detergent:


We love swimming!

I rinsed and dried it on the clothesline, probably much to the confusion of my neighbors.

When it was time to dye, I soaked the yarn in water with a few glugs of vinegar and added it to a pot of cold water with vinegar and dye. I pretty much did exactly what Eunny did (click here for the excellent photo tutorial), except 1) I had no expectations about actually making stripes, and 2) I used Wilton icing color gel, not Kool-Aid. I used two colors, with about half the yarn in Delphinium Blue and about half in Violet. Both colors separated, but the violet wasn't nearly as obvious as the blue. The blue split and looked like Sully from Monsters, Inc. Which, I guess, if you want to knit yourself a Sully, is great. After drying and a day to think about what it did, though, the colors have all mellowed out a bit.


Here it is, my anarchist easter egg colored wool:



My estimate is that it's slightly under 2 ounces (maybe like... 65g?), and worsted weight so probably in the neighborhood of 120 yards. Now. WHAT DO I DO WITH IT???


Rhett said...

Stephanie, thank you so much for the good advice. I will put that in the memory banks for sure...

As for the yarn, you did a great job!! I am impressed :) I think you should knit an easter basket with your easter yarn!

SJ said...

That's so pretty! And impressive.

Next you'll be shearing the wool from the sheep!