Monday, June 20, 2005

Walking on Sunshine

Thank you, thank you SP5! You rock! Of course with today being Monday, I was in a sulking mood when I got home from work. Then, I saw a package, and low and behold, I was walking on sunshine! Look at what I got....

She sent me a beautiful card, a new, stylish tape measure, a Little Miss Sunshine book (I used to collect these when I was little), the knitting journal I wanted, and this beautiful, sock yarn by Done Roving in the color "Gulf of Maine"! The colors of this yarn are so me, its unbelievable. Notice the similarity to the yarn I dyed down below!

Speaking of that yarn I dyed over the weekend, here it is! I am calling this colorway "Earth Day" since the colors totally remind me of oceans and forests. This yarn is self-striping, though the stripes are subtle due to the numerous shades of green. I was going to list the recipe for this, but I used way to many packets and flavors of Kool-Aid and I fear that it may bore you all (if you want to know, email me)! This yarn is 100% merino and is somewhere around 400 yards. If you are interested in purchasing this yarn, its going to be listed on ebay tonight!

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, here is the recipe for "Earth Day". Also note that I originally had 4 colors, which is what I am going to give you... However, one jar cracked and the Mint Green and the Grass green ran together in the pot (I was using the pot water as my 4th color).

Forest Green:
5 packets Wild Watermelon Kiwi (green) and 1/3 of a packet Grape.
Sky Blue: 4 Ice Blue Raspberry (blue), 1/3 packet Pina Pineapple (light orange), a few sprinkles of Grape, and 1/3 packet of Lemonade (yellow).
Mint Green: 5 Arctic Green Apple (mint green), few sprinkes of Grape.
Grass Green: 3 Wild Watermelon Kiwi (green), sprinke of Grape, sprinkle of Lemonade, 1/3 packet of Ice Blue Raspberry (blue).

And last but not least, the almost finished hourglass! I am having issues photographing this sweater and the sun was setting on me tonight... but, there it is! I have done 4 decreases on the yoke and they are taking FOREVER (300 stitches around). At least each decrease knocks off 8 stitches, so it will go alot faster as I go. I am hoping to finish this over the weekend.


At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Lee Anne said...

Oh how fun! I love the look of that journal...hmm..may have to go in search of that.

The yarn you died is beautiful! Love the colors and the fact the striping is subtle.

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you like the package!! I thought that yarn would be perfect for you, even before you dyed some to match (turned out great, by the way). Enjoy!


At 9:24 PM, Anonymous ~Jo~ said...

WOW! Your secret pal ROCKS! You got a great gift, love that little Miss Sunshine book, I think it's perfect for you too. ;)

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That green is beautiful. Forget trying to dye it myself, I might just commission you to dye yarn for me!

The color of your hourglass is beautiful too. It's so close to being done, don't let the huge stitch count get you down!

Jofrog is Knitfrog

At 11:03 PM, Blogger eastern white said...

wow! great package from SP (i love all SP packages!)

the yarn you dyed was the most beautiful i've seen. very lovely green! i'm surprised you're not keeping it for yourself. unless you made a whole lot of that.

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous katie said...

Beautiful again! Two greens out of Koolade? You are mastering the mixing of the Koolade!

At 12:54 AM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

oh dani i soooo want that yarn:) your sp sent some super cute stuff, your very spoiled! if ya get a chance go to
I am hosting a needle exchange.

At 12:54 AM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

i forgot to mention the yoke of the hourglass, perfection! your almost done!!!!!

At 1:17 AM, Blogger said...

great gift! and that yarn is gorgeous! can't wait to see hourglass. looks fantastic!

At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Hourglass looks great - dyed yarn looks great (such subtle greens!) - just great great great! :) Keep it up! If I didn't have a huge skein of self-striping pink yarn right now I'd be begging for you to do me up a pinkish/yellow/orangey ball :)

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Dani said...

Im so excited for you - a wonderful SP package, yarn dying success, and Hourglass moving right along (and looking AWESOME!!)=) So glad the day turned out so well!

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Adele said...

Great package.

I LOVE the dye job you did. Please share the recipe. Like you, I'm all about the greens!

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Lauren said...

I love your greens, Dani! that KoolAid dyeing is just so perfect. I like the way it works up on that swatch too.

Your Hourglass is so close! I adore that sweater :)

Great SP gifts! Enjoy them!

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! One day I'll dye and this is a definate try. Great job.


At 12:06 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

What beautiful yarn, Dani! I'm going to remember that recipe for when I get up the gumption to do my own, because it is just amazing. That would look gorgeous as socks.

And I'm so excited to see your finished hourglass--you are going to look beautiful in it!

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Those markers from Cath are gorgeous. Isn't she the best?! Gotta love her!
Looks like you'r ebeing very adventurous with the dying. You're a braver woman than me. Can't wait to see more!

Oh pretty sweater! It's going to look so good on you. =0) Hope you're having a great day! HUGS

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Dani said...

Oooo...I can't wait to see the hourglass all done!


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