Friday, October 20, 2006

TGIYPF!

Yes, Thank God it's Yarn Pr0n Friday! Woo Freakin' Hoo! And this time, I get to show off some of my own stuff. As I mentioned previously, I was lucky enough to attend a weekend workshop sponsored by My Guild and taught by Merike Saarnit. We learned Microwave Rainbow Dying on Saturday and How to work with our handpaints on Sunday. It was fabulous. Except for the hangover. Oy, the hangover. All because of a bottle of Champagne and some Strawberries. Hence the inspiration for this. "Champagne and Strawberries" Champagne and Strawberries You see, a very thoughtful coworker of mine had a spare bottle of champagne kickin' around left over from a christening event at work. (No, we didn't smack a baby upside the head with a bottle of champagne. We smacked a trailer. But anyway...) He thought I'd like the extra, and lo, how right he was. I started to tell him about my 25th birthday party in which I took a couple bottles of cheap champagne and floated a couple bricks of frozen strawberries in syrup in it to chill the champagne and give it some party flavor. Oh it was good. I hadn't done that in so long, this bottle of champagne I received inspired me to do it again. But I sorta forgot to eat. Ah well. So when I woke up the next morning I was one hurtin' girl. The workshop was at a church in their rec room. And I'm going to hell because at one point I had to run outside and divest my stomach of the swig of water I had just imbibed. Someone had just gone to the bathroom so I was unable to run in there. I made it to the grass, do my thing, look up, and see 3 crosses sticking up out of the ground. Yeah, I puked in front of the church. *sigh* Anyway, on to more hand-dyed pr0n. "I Shall Call You 'Alienish'" I shall call you This was my first hank that I dyed. (All yarn is KnitPicks sock weight dye your own, btw.) The darker color is supposed to be a hunter green. It didn't quite translate into that, but more of a muted greyish green. It still looks cool though. Reminds me of an alien or something. "Lavern's Velcro"

Lavern's Velcro

This one is by far my favorite. It reminds me of Lorna's Laces. Specifically the Iris Garden colorway. Oh the colors are so vibrant! "Rainbow Brite" Rainbow Brite If I had a little white unicorn to pose this hank on top of for the photo shoot, I so would have used it. I took the hank and laid it out as a loop and dyed it in consecutive sections according to the spectrum. I suppose I could call it Roy G. Biv but somehow, this doesn't look like a Roy to me. "Trio"

Trio

This hank was a group effort by myself, My Pal Tvini and the wonderful Jane Prater. They'd both run out of yarn and I had one hank left so I thought it would be fun to each take a color that appealed to us and had at the hank. The blue was me, the gray/black (very subtle) was Tvini, and the bright raspberry was Jane. I'm going to try and make little pouches out of it for us like Shonze made for the last stitchmarker swap. "Pumpkiny" Pumpkiny This one I dyed with a pumpkin as inspiration. One of Tvini's hanks farted on it in the microwave and gave it a neat rustic touch. Yes, Tvini. I like it. You didn't ruin everyone's yarn. They all came out cool. In fact, the dark bits remind me of a stem. So thank you for the extra character. Well, that's it for the pr0n today, but watch out! There may be more homegrown yarn in the future. Check this out.

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I learned how to spin! That's the wonderfully talented knitter/spinner Meta Thompson. She recently had a pattern published in Spin Off magazine for a crocheted yarn ball holder thing. She's so freakin' talented. And wonderful for taking the time and having the patience to show me how to use my bottom whorl drop spindle. She's says I did pretty well! Apparently I'm a natural. See?

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28 comments:

Valerie said...

Welcome to the dark side, my dear. ;) It's only a matter of time before you buy your first wheel.

Sarah said...

YAYAYAYAY!

I see a spinning Cristi!

(You know how happy that makes me?)

And the yarn, is GORGEOUS! Love those colors! My fave is the pumpkiny one I think.

Pyewacket said...

oooo, I like the pumpkin too! I like the others, but that's my fave.

Laughing uproariously at you puking in front of the church, by the way. Tsk. ;-)

Apropos of nothing... the verification word I must type today is "pevags." It sounds like a file name for an anatomy text. Or porn.

LilKnitter said...

OH yeah, that's some hardcore yarn pr0n! I also think the pumpkiny one is my favourite, though the rainbow bright skein will make super funky socks, or gloves, or anything. I loved Rainbow Brite!

Zonda said...

Awesome job girl!!! Lovely yarns! All are great (even your farted on yarn LOL!) My favs are the rainbow brite and Lavern's velcro...

Yikes..spinning, go girl, I KNOW Sarah is quite the happy camper now! :)

Hangovers stink! ;)

Bezzie said...

They all look great!!! Nice porn theme.

I think half the fun of dyeing your own is naming them afterwards!

cookie said...

Oh, yummy yarn pr0n! I love the greens in Alienish. Fabulous pictures. I am a yarn pr0n friday n00b.

Bobbit said...

so. much. pr0n. how do I pick a favorite? and you dyed it yourself! I am mighty impressed!

no judgement from me on the champagne overindulgence. :)

Tasha_Tuk said...

I can't decide which one is my favorite. They are all gorgeous. I need to venture into the dying myself thing. I wanna make pretty yarn like you.
Fantastic job!

Rosi G. said...

loooove it all!! but my fave is the alien. damn you did good for your first time!! necia got us some DIY yarn and now I'm all excited to do it except I've been asking Tom, Dick and Jane if I can use pure FD&C colorants and no one has been able to tell me. ::: pout pout :::

Trillian42 said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff! Yay, you spinning, dyeing fool, you!! ;)

And I find it interesting that you forgot to mention the "reversing the engines" incident to me... Hee.

Knit Mongrel said...

I have just fallen madly, desperately in love with you. Don't tell my husband.

Ok, maybe it's the yarn. Holy God, woman. That kind of stuff is the reason I got into knitting in the first place.

SO cool.

Mary, Mary... said...

LOL re:graveyard puke. You've been busy! AND I just bought a drop spindle the other day, oh dear...another obsession?

Pooch said...

It's all sooo pretty! I'll go with the pumpkin inspired shades!! Thanks for the photo tips!On to yarnographic surfing!

Have a great weekend!

:)

LaBean said...

Woohoo you did fantastic with those dyes!!! You inspire me to try dyeing in shades of one color instead of several colors together. I love the Rainbow Brite and the Alienish the most!!!

Woohoo for KSwiss too! hehe

Tvini said...

I'm still mystified as to why the ground didn't open up and swallow me when my yarn sausage was revealed as the leaky culprit. Oy.

If it's any comfort, I once puked outside a mosque in Cordoba, Spain. Of course, I had food poisoning, so probably you still win.

Of course, all your yarns turned out looking beautiful. Maybe you should dye when hung over more often.

String Bean said...

Love the handpainted, especially Pumpkiny.
You learned how to spin! Yay! *happy dance*

Karen said...

all the colors are lovely!!! The alien one is my fav.

Anonymous said...

I'm drooling here. :-)
I must dye again soon.

ZantiMissKnit said...

I can't pick a favorite! I just want them all for a giant YARN ORGY!

Shannon said...

love the yarn!

CBear said...

I *love* the colors you did!

And, seriously, how do you get anything done with those nails!!! Mine are growing like crazy, but I'm pregnant! I can't get anything open without breaking a nail or something else!

You rock fellow Cris!

cpurl17 said...

I had a very long week at work and am exhausted so what a treat for my tired eyes to see all those pretty yarn colorways! Your talent knows no bounds!

roxy ^-o-^ said...

beautiful yARNYGOOdness and oooh aah spinning!


Looks like you had all kinds of fun on both ends :)

Love ya chicabee!

WOOP!

xo anne the roxinator

Rain said...

Wow! You have such a good eye for colour. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favourite, they're all gorgeous.

trek said...

Looking good there, Turtlegirl!

Lazuli said...

What gorgeous yarn pr0n! A sight for sore eyes. Not that my eyes are that sore, but it's always nice to see beautiful yarn in yummy colors!

Jessica said...

ooh, I love your died yarn! Champagne/Strawberries, Alien, and Pumpkin are my favs!! Congrats on spinning!!