My knitting just isn't doing it for me lately. My Tiger Sock, while awesome in theory, is just not attracting my attention. It's not going to fit Matt for birthday socks, it's too warm for socks for months to come, the pattern is boring, and though I love the tiger stripey-ness, Opal is not my favorite yarn to knit with. So, I've mostly been choosing to read when I have free time. I do have friends who are expecting a daughter literally any day now, and I have a bag of lovely alpaca yarn, but it's handwash only and they are not knitters. I feel it's mean to make them a baby blanket and expect them to handwash it. I was looking around for machine-washable yarns, and haven't some trouble. I like Knitpicks, but their pink machine-washable options aren't really calling to me. I really don't like knitting with Crayon all that much (and the pattern I was thinking of won't show up anyway). I like Shine, but I'll have to do like 7 Russian joins. I guess I'll have to do that anyway, if I'm talking superwash wool. I love my spit-splicing! I've found some glorious hand-dyes on etsy, but they're 1. usually not in a quantity for a baby blanket and 2. a little pricier than I was hoping for. Anyone have a favorite machine-washable yarn that's soft enough for babies and comes in a non-boring pink? There might be a stash prize in it for the best one :)
I was kicking around the idea of getting some Knitpicks Bare and dyeing it, but I've never dyed yarn before, and I'm not sure I'm up for the ordeal. Although it would make it more special and I could get the variation I was hoping for (dark and light pinks and maybe a bit of purple). Maybe, if I do it right, and it doesn't look like I just dragged it through the mud or something. I also wasn't sure about 100% wool for a summer-born baby. Maybe Wool Cotton would be better? It's not all that soft, though it's sturdy. I'll have to look at TurtleGirl's Bloggy Thing for tips since she's practically a professional dyer. Then, I thought, natural dyes would be neat, like lavender and beetroot and stuff. But I have to look up how to do all that and then actually do it, two kind of big obstacles.
Okay, enough rambling. Send me your favorite pink, machine washable yarn ideas or how to make a memorable pink yarn with dyeing. If I get an awesome suggestion, I will gift you something lovely from my stash!
To make this post less boring, here are random pictures of the kids, in no particular order:
Knitting: A few rows on Tiger Sock #2. Not to the heel yet.
Reading: Ah, here's where my time has gone...
Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels by Toni McGee Causey
Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn and Dear Miss Demeanor by Joan Hess and Dig Deep for Murder by Kate Kingsbury
I signed up as an early reviewer at Library Thing and got a book from the May batch, The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley. I'm almost done with it. Oddly, this book is already out, and I just got it from UPS two days ago. But I'll do a review anyway.
Writing: Haven't gotten my groove back yet :( I did actually get up in the middle of the night because I DREAMED a children's book idea. I wrote it down, figuring it would seem awful in the morning, but it's actually kind of interesting. I'm jotting things down about that so I don't forget. My mom is visiting for a week and a half (she gets in tomorrow), so maybe I can establish a nice routine for writing while she's here.
Cooking: The Malaysian rice noodles with egg from Cooking Light, and the Pasta with Lemon, Beans, and Greens again. I know! Boring. I'm making pesto to go over gnocchi tonight, and this chocolate mousse recipe only with Frangelico instead of Amaretto, and my Ghirardelli chocolate chips instead of vegan. And maybe a couple other changes. I hope it's okay. I've meant to try chocolate mousse with tofu for ages, but I've always chickened out.