Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where Are They Now?

Today's Topic: Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.
There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.



This is a good reminder for me to bring you all up to speed on a post I made back in January. It was about the first sweater I ever knit. It's the one that started life as cream, then moved onto being a dusky rose and was looking for a new lease on life. I asked for suggestions about where to go with it.













Even after your input, it wasn't really telling what color it wanted to be next so I decided to let fate have her way with it. I started the day dyeing Calumet, a mutlticolor with deep chocolate brown and a couple of purples in it. I took the leftover dyes from all the component colors, threw them in a big pot, crossed my fingers and added the sweater. An hour later, voila.


















I'm not quite sure what to call this color. In real life it looks almost black. Or brown. Or maybe eggplant. Blownplant? This picture makes it look a little blotchy and it's not really. It dyed up nicely.

I'm happy with the result, but if I had it all to do over again, I think I would have gone a little more of a mid-range color. Because this is so dark I'll never be able to dye it again. There's just no where else to go with it.

This sweater has been with me for so long and I've had fun reinventing every so often. It makes me just a little bit sad that in all likelihood, this is it's final iteration.

Spring is on the way and this is a sweater for the deepest days of winter. It will get put away tonight and be waiting patiently to keep me warm when its time comes next year.

4 comments:

Kepanie said...

What an awesome way to reuse and have fun at the same time. I like the brown w/the purple in it. Unique.

JelliDonut said...

Dyeing is a gutsy thing. You are obviously up to the task. Nice job!

Freaky Knitter said...

Embroidery?

Freaky Knitter said...

PS it's amazing btw!