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Those virgins I sacrificed last night must have done the job:

It is not absolutely perfect - the pattern is asymmetrical, so mirror images will never quite perfectly match up at any point in the repeat. Therefore, the seam (or, I should say, the location of the seam) is quite obvious, consistent or carefully worked though the tension may be.

It's not awful, though, and anyway is impossible to fix without starting over or busting out a pair of scissors, so it's going to stay. Lazy? Yes. Twelve days until Christmas? Yes.

The scarf is a pinned 40" x 10" right now, and will probably grow an inch more in both directions when blocked. With edging, final measurements will be something like 45" x 15" - a nice lace piece to go once around the neck and gather with a pretty pin, or to tuck into a coat collar.

It seems a very real possibility that all my Christmas plans will come to fruition. Brave last words, I know...

Meantime, my Kool-Aid yarn is striping sort of spectacularly (it was sheer beginner's luck, so I'm not self-tooting too much):

But I can't get over how bright the colors are, particularly when compared to the colors in the skein:

I was going for a beach feel, Derek Walcott's bleached sand and sky and sun. It looked right in the skein, but knitting it up turns the sand color orange and the blue more intense by contrast. I should have thought of all this - the color wheel is tucked away somewhere in my brain, I'm sure, covered in an inch of dust - but now I'm thinking that I still like it. It even still feels sort of island-y.

Finally, I've come to the conclusion that this is the absolute ideal pattern for working with a self-striping yarn. The diagonal lines hide the joins amazingly well:

So clever. I'm just so endlessly amused by these - I could see myself with enough new socks in different dyeing experiment colors for every day of the week.


Comments

I'd hate to be the kind of girl that says I told you so.... ;-)

Fabulous! I see an Etsy shop in your future!

Oooh, I wants me some of that Kool Aid yarn. And, throw in a lace scarf while you're at it :-).

Uh...yeah I would say that is striping spectacularly! Sheesh, that is some dead-on beginner's luck. I think you could safely quit your day job and go into yarn dying after that example. I want some!

Awesome dye job, Eunny! Is that washable sock yarn? Could you reveal your source for superwash dyeable sock yarn?

The scarf is beautiful. Another success!

I love all of it! You're a fast lace knitter, my dear. I Didn't even realized you were done with the second half of the scarf.

The socks look great! Your yarn dying is fantastic. Even though it isn't what you had in mind, I certainly think the colors are have a beach feel to them.

The lace is GORGEOUS and you've got mad dyeing skills. I think the colors are well balanced and in a beautiful order.

The lace is GORGEOUS and you've got mad dyeing skills. I think the colors are well balanced and in a beautiful order.

The lace looks wonderful, and that border you picked out should be lovely.

Your dye job did indeed turn out great! Beginner's luck indeed! This means that next time, when you do a great job, you can claim it! ;)

Your lace is beautiful and your socks make me smile the colors are very happy.

wow, that is an amazing dyeing job!!! SPECTACULAR!
Also, this is my first time commenting, and I just wanted to tell you that I love your knitting, and I love your blog.

Your lace shawl is gorgeous, so as jaywalker. You really knit at the speed of light!

Isn't Kool Aid dyeing great fun. Fabulous striping for a beginner.

And as for your lace shawl, beautiful.

You got *great* colors in that yarn! Whenever I dye with kool-aid, I am always trying to tone them down. Maybe its better to just embrace the brightness. The shawl looks nice too!

i agree with you that this pattern is most suited for self striping yarn. love your dye job. you made me really want to try. where did you get your yarns? and, the lace seaming looks great. so, would you seam my butterfly for me? ha!

Cute socks, I love the diagonal stripes! The grafting is wonderful - very even and as unnoticeable as it can be :).

Nice work grafting! Those socks look like an project I had to do in complementary colors in college. Heh. I still like them though!

Not to be repetitious, here, but I can't believe how amazingly well that "lucky-first-timer" dye-job is striping.

Oh, and the lace scarf looks gorgeous. :)

Hell-o, Stripes! Wow! Amazing job, there. Any tips you could give us on that would be great. I am hoping for some of your beginner's luck when I dye my first batch of sock yarn.

Love those beachy socks! My daughter and I Kool-Aid dyed almost the exact same colorway!

And the scarf---- marvelous!

You are the blogger who has finally inspired me to try my hand at Kool Aid dying again. Fabulous job and totally fun socks.

Good site. Thank you!!!

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