Monday, March 19, 2007

Yarn Swap!

Hello! Sheesh it's been a while. Life sure gets in the way sometimes..what with having a new baby and a new job, my old hobby is feeling the neglect. So I decided to force the issue by starting my own new swap! Lord knows if anyone will participate, but I'm going to give it a shot.

It's the "Dyeing to Dye Socks" swap on Swap-Bot. Go check it out. And if you've never dyed yarn before, this is the perfect swap for you!

I've always wanted to participate in a dyed yarn swap, but was never confident enough in my dyeing skills to do it. So this swap is for those of you who have either NEVER dyed yarn before, or have done it only on occaison.

You will dye 100g of sock yarn, using whatever dyes and methods you'd like. KoolAid, Wilton cake dyes, acid dyes, whatever...there's tons of tutorials out there to help. Color choice is up to you, although I'm asking that if you are adamant about receiving (or not receiving) certain colors, you post your preference on your own blog or in the swap-bot comments if you don't have a blog. Knitpicks is just one source of dye your own yarn - you can also purchase light colored sock yarn and overdye.

The idea is to be flexible here, because first time (or relatively inexperienced) dyers know that what you wanted is not always what you get! If I get a good response I'll set up a flickr album to display all the yarny goodness.

And speaking of swaps!

For Favorite Color Swap 2, I was paired with Ruth once again! I felt bad that I couldn't communicate too much with her this time, I know she felt like she got a lame partner, but I couldn't give anything away. She seems to have liked everything I picked for her. Can't wait to see her make something fabulous with the quilting fabric.

Also, I have been most remiss in thanking the partner who gifted to me. I have met another new cyberknitter friend - Mark...(yes, a man!) who did an awesome job of picking out fab yarn and other treats. You can see here (I stole Mark's pic until I can get mine up ) he did great job of obtaining yarn in my three favorite colors: Raspberry pink, aqua and periwinkle. I really drove him crazy with those very specific color requests, sorry Mark! Along with the yarn I got some delish minty chocolate and a GREAT CD! I was so excited to get that..I just love music and am always interested in hearing new stuff. I hadn't heard any of the songs before, so it was a real treat listening to each one. All of it got immediately loaded to the old ipod to add to the collection.
Please check out his blog - he has become quite the knitter, and is a hell of a movie reviewer too (I agree with him on just about everything that I've seen). Hope you had fun on your first swap Mark. Now howz about dyeing some sock yarn??

9 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, Blogger del said...

Oooooh, if I can get brave enough to dye, I'm definitely going to do this. Nice package, too!

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger the secret knitter said...

Thanks for your nice comments and the link. There was only one song you hadn't heard? I thought I did better than that. :)

Really, it wasn't a problem picking your yarn. I just wanted to be sure I got it right.

I'll have to pass for now on your dyeing swap. I've never dyed yarn and never made socks. On top of that I'm moving to a new apartment and have two more film festivals to attend (not to mention my second trip back to Cleveland's fest) before June. So this probably isn't the best time to try my hand at this. Some day...

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

I may have to give this a try. I will check out the details and let you know. How fun...

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Starfish said...

Oops I mean I hadn't heard ANY of the songs before!!

 
At 6:09 AM, Anonymous ruth said...

I started smiling as soon as I realised it was you, and the smile only grew when I opened the package. The swap looks like great fun, but I'm going to pass this time round, just too much to do...

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger adrienne said...

Oh, joining your swap would be fun! But school is especially evil this semester :( I hope it goes well!!

 
At 5:57 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

I just tried to see if I was too late to sign up. I don't know if I did it right. I have never participated in a swap before.

If I am too late that is okay since I am actually past the deadline. Seems fun....

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Lori Rode said...

Hey, Starfish, we're starting our adoption journey...attending meetings, considering options, no paperchasing yet. I know you & Seamonkey will wish us well on the way. Life is good. Lori Rode

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger knitphomaniac said...

I love the idea of a yarn swap - I gots to get me involved in something like that!

 

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