Friday, June 11, 2010

My wrap is trapped!

So, yesterday I attempted my first gradation, on an already wisteria-dyed natural linen indio. I used dharma's better black procion dye, hoping for a true black-wisteria grad. But tragedy struck.

First off, some pictures during the process.

Right at the start:

Just before removing from the dye bath:
Waiting for soda ash:

Then, I did the soda ash bath, and then a soak in fixative. Next, off to the washing machine it went, with a bit of synthrapol to begin the rinsing process!

The first hot wash cycle finished, and I wanted to pull it out a bit just to see how it was looking so far. As I pulled the door handle of my FL washing machine, I heard a snap.... and the door wouldn't open Keep in mind, this was last night at 11pm so I wasn't able to call my landlords.

So me and Eric both attempted to work it open with a knife... no dice. I ran a couple more hot washes over the night, and the door resolutely stayed stuck closed. This morning I called the landlords first thing, and they called the whirlpool company and they aren't going to be able to send someone until Monday!!! I want to cry! My poor wrap.

Here is how it looks now...

I did a couple more hot washes, and from what I can tell there is no dye in the water, but I guess I can't be sure until I am able to get it out of the machine.

But this sucks on more than one level because we cloth diaper, I don't think I have enough to last until Monday, and my kitchen laundry is all full and needing to go in the wash as well Rrrrr, this just sucks!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Linen Stitch is a beast :/

Hello world! Welcome to my knitting blog :)

My name is Allison, and I'm currently a stay/work at home mom to a 10 month old kiddo. I live in Canada, and have an obsession with pretty wraps, yarn, and diapers. We often stay up late, since my boyfriend works until after midnight most nights - not the greatest schedule but we're workin' on it.

Here is a picture of my wrapee:


For my first post I am gonna talk about my current project - a pair of linen stitch shorties. Oh, they are taking forever and a day! This stitch is SO time consuming, but the result is amazing. I can't wait to do a pair for my son! Not sure when I will get up the courage again though. ;)

And a progress picture, of course:

I am working on the gusset now, so it will go quick once I am onto the legs. Can't wait to get to my next project!

Well, that's it for now, folks! See ya next time!