A while back I thought to myself (conveniently, while making an order from KnitPicks): "I like hand-dyed yarn. I should make some myself. So I bought 2 skeins of "Color Your Own" (at quite a reasonable price) to round out my order, and take advantage of free shipping. Since tons of other knitbloggers have been doing their own self-striping hand dyes lately, I was inspired to try my hand at it this evening. I purchased the Kool-Aid on the way home yesterday...See all my great supplies: At lunch time I knit 4 rounds on my standard sock size, unraveled them, and did some fancy stripe math. For me, the repeat will be it is going to be: 112 inches of Blue, 56 Inches of Orange, 84 Inches of Blue, and 56 Inches of Green. For anyone who cares (and is too lazy to work on an algebra equation), that is 4 rows, 2 rows, 3 rows, 2 rows. This is a total of 308 inches.
Now, KnitPicks CYO is a generous size skein of yarn 440 yards long. It did not really appeal to me to wind up a ball from said 440 yards, just to unwind it again around these: Ok, you can't really see it at the small size (click it if you care), but they are 2 chairs sitting a good distance apart, around which I planned to wind the yarn. I must have been sniffing some of HIS CATNIP: When I decided it would be a good idea to just "carefully unwind it from the skein." This is when I started playing a game which I am sad to say no other humans had the opportunity to witness as I am sure it was HILARIOUS. I have named this game: This-Is-Not-For-You-So-Go-Away-And-Let-Me-Do-My-Project. The rules of the game are that 2 cats and a dog follow you around in circles around 2 dining rooms chairs spread just far enough apart to accomodate loops of yarn 308 inches long and alternately swipe at the yarn already wrapped around the chairs, and the skein - which - if you have been following along, is being held carefully in my hands. The game SUCKS, by the way. Here is a photo of 2 cats and a dog, lying in wait, desperately hoping the game will continue. You can't really see their faces, but they loook evil. (Second cat is hiding under white chair). At this point, I decide maybe, since this game is NOT FUN FOR ME, I will actually hand-wind the skein into a ball, and then unwind it around the chairs. I set the yarn to hanging on the convenient clothes rack for this purpose: (yeah for the ballwinder and swift I asked for as a birthday gift next month will really come in handy- if no one gifts it to me, I will gift it to myself!) Anywho, THIS is the pointy in which I realize that I have, infact, tangled the yarn, (Anyone reading this that has EVER touched a skein of yarn is now laughing, because they already knew I tangled it) and decided to take a break to blog about my adventures. This is a picture of Morgan mocking me while she longes with the 3 rows of already measured yarn: Really, I love my cats, but they are quite evil.
Mark my words, it will take me longer to wind and measure out this project than it will to dye it! Stay tuned for more on my Kool-Aid dying adventures later. Will I ever get to the dying process? or will I give up and leave the whole project spread across the house, much to the chagrin of my sister/roommate?