knitting, Holli Yeoh, lys

No Excuses

I’m trying to teach my son to not always have an excuse for when something goes wrong. I emphasize accepting responsibility for one’s own actions. I need to model that behavior. Sooo … it’s been a while, and I apologize for the silence.

Ruby Cherry Tree Devan in Lorna’s Laces

Both Ruby and Devan are finished and were delivered to Urban Yarns as shop samples. I wanted to share with you my washing experience with Devan. First I have a confession. It was actually my Mum who knit all the Devan pieces for me and it was my job to assemble them. She mentioned that the dye was coming off of the Koigu (solid) yarn so I decided to wash and rinse the pieces before blocking so they wouldn’t bleed into one another.

Devan soaking

Well, after about 10 rinses I was still getting some faint colour in the water, but decided to go ahead and block it. No problems. Everything was fine. I soaked the back separately from the fronts and sleeves since there is more of the solid colour on the back and I didn’t want the dye to effect the other pieces. Guess what? The dye didn’t come out of the back at all! It was the Lorna’s Laces and not the Koigu that was bleeding into the water. I decided I must have misunderstood which yarn was dyeing my Mum’s hands.

Even stranger was when I was knitting the front edging in the Koigu and the dye came off on my hands! So to sum up, the dye washed out of the Lorna’s Laces but didn’t come off on my hands while knitting. The Koigu didn’t bleed at all but the dye came off on my hands. Weird.

Devan Lorna detail

Devan is complete and very sweet in the tiny size as is Ruby. The hand-painted yarns look lovely in these designs proving that they don’t have to be knit with self-patterning yarns. If you have a precious skein of hand-painted for which you don’t have a project in mind, consider a baby sweater.
Project Stats
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock colourway “Devon” / Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino
Pattern: Devan by me
Size: 0-6 months

Ruby Cherry Tree hood Ruby Cherry Tree pocket

Ruby Project Stats
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in colourway “Misty Moor” / Smooshy by Dream in Color in the “Shiny Moss”  (04) colourway
Pattern: Ruby by me
Size: 0-6 months

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