So, of course...
Upon returning home from vacation, I immediately went over for some grandson snuggles!
He wore some snazzy woolly footwear from Aunt Kate for his 20-week photo yesterday. Happy little pudgeroo!
I was right back to work on Wednesday for the rest of the week, so Saturday morning sans alarm clock was quite welcome. I ended up spending the entire day in my PJs -- an unintentional but completely welcome Pajama Day! I can't remember the last time I had one of those, and I got so much done.
I even measured, wound, and dyed some yarn for Kirsten's TTL Mystery Shawl 14! I was vaguely aware that this was coming up but had little intention of knitting it... until I caved last Thursday and bought the pattern. I'm loving the camaraderie of knitting this project along with so many long-time blog friends -- it feels like a good, old-fashioned knit-along!
The project doesn't require a gradient yarn, but I didn't have 500 yards of anything else (recommended solid or semi-solid) that would work, so thought I'd try dyeing a gradient myself. I'm very pleased with the result, though it was apparent from the first dip that the numbers I'd worked out were purely mathematical exercise. I punted and all is well, with an extra hank of a medium-dark to spare, but I would never be able to repeat this exactly!
Something to work on, perhaps? For a lot of reasons, I haven't dyed in a while; I'd recently packed up and moved all my dye stuff back home so I was digging into lots of boxes to come up with everything I needed. It felt good to be back at it, and the response has been good, so who knows... maybe there's more to come.
Hope you had a great weekend!
That is one adorable wee man. Love the shoes! They look so very cozy.
That yarn is glorious. *wipes drool off desk*
Posted by: Stephanie VW | 02 June 2014 at 11:37 AM
You must have been so happy to see that little grandbaby! And I love the colors you've dyed, it looks like a pair of faded jeans.
Posted by: Carole | 02 June 2014 at 11:48 AM
20 weeks?!? wow! he looks like he's having a great time with life.
and I LOVE the gradient you dyed. looking forward to seeing it knit up.
Posted by: Mary | 02 June 2014 at 01:28 PM
I love your yarn. I'm impressed that you dyed it. Some of us took the easy way out & bought gradient yarn. I'm excited about the Mystery Shawl. I have to wait to cast on because I'm knitting another shawl (Kirsten's pattern)& I have a deadline for it. But my gradient yarn is tempting me...
Posted by: Angelia | 02 June 2014 at 02:58 PM
Baby snuggles must have felt very welcoming. I'll bet he was happy to see you return! I hope there is much, much more dyeing to come! The KAL feels like the good old days of blogging!
Posted by: margene | 02 June 2014 at 03:14 PM
I've missed him, myself . . . so can't imagine how you must feel! The yarn is gorgeous. So excited about this KAL!
Posted by: Kym | 02 June 2014 at 08:19 PM
Welcome back! Your dyeing is gorgeous! And goodness, he is growing! :D
Posted by: Angie | 02 June 2014 at 08:49 PM
What great little shoes!!
The spectrum of blues is lovely.
Posted by: Kim | 05 June 2014 at 08:20 PM