A friend of a friend, my hairdresser is having her second baby in November. She is fantastic and, even though I don’t see her nearly often enough, I adore her. This girl is into pin-ups and is a lovely colourful person with tattoos and piercings. I remember her dressing her first daughter in the funkiest clothes known to baby-kind. I wanted to knit her new arrival something sweet, but baby pink just wasn’t going to be a neat fit!
I’ve been trying my hand at hand dyeing lately, so decided to create some bespoke yarn for this little bubba. I wanted clear, sharp divisions between really bright colours so I opted for hand painting with AmeriColor gel food dyes. The yarn is 100% wool Bendigo Woollen Mills‘ Luxury 10 ply in Frost, which I had left over from Harriet’s little blanket a few weeks back.
I was rushing through nap time so didn’t stop to take photos of the dyeing process, but I basically just skeined the yarn from a ball, soaked it with a little washing up detergent and citric acid (from the baking aisle), and then laid it out on a row of cutting boards covered with cling wrap before pouring dye over it quite haphazardly.
I microwaved the wrapped up yarn in a glass bowl in short bursts until the water inside the package ran clear. When it had cooled a little, I rinsed the yarn and then hung it in the shade to dry. The whole process took me less than an hour and a half. The AmeriColor dyes are great and the citric acid worked to fix the dye well without leaving a vinegary smell behind.
I knitted what has become my go-to girl knit – another of Kelly Herdrich’s in threes: a baby cardigan. I think I could almost knit one of these without the pattern! This is the 0-6 month size, knitted on 4mm needles to get the required gauge. I had to find some suitably bright buttons. I think these fit the bill.
As I was coming to the end of the body I almost ran out of yarn. I was so close. Less than two metres were left, in the end. Not good for one’s blood pressure, that’s for sure! I stayed up late knitting just to get to the end to find out whether it was all going to end in tears or whether I’d sneak through.
We had a successful visit to the hairdresser today. Elena, although concerned, sat through her haircut and was rewarded with some sparkly, colourful hair.
Ravelry project notes here.