This is what I am naming the condition that I have this week. It is the Midas touch in reverse as everything I touch this week (creatively speaking), has gone wrong. I posted the 'rose red' dyeing episode that turned out streaky salmon pink earlier in the week. I was reminded yesterday that I promised to post the results of my 'batik' work - good or bad. Well, here they are:
Can you see the batik celtic designs that I painstakingly worked out ?
No, because you just about need X-ray vision to see it. They looked fine whilst they were dyeing, whilst they were rinsing, in fact up until they were dry when the images disappeared into the ether. Fortunately I had tie dyed the other side of the moon bag, but it was only meant to be the reverse side pattern; I guess I'll have to get the bleach out again
The other victim of my Sadim touch was a WIP (Work In Progress) to reduce my stash. I decided to knit/crochet some leg warmers to wear with my walking boots. Years ago I bought 3 cones of pure wool yarn which is extremely coarse and scratchy with bits of straw and stuff in it. Why on earth did I buy it? I hear you asking - because it was there, there's lots of it on each cone and it was only £1. It would have been criminal negligence to leave it there. The trouble is it's too coarse to knit anything that's next to skin so legwarmer/gaiter things sounded perfect. Fully revved up, I fabricated a pattern in my head and promptly made legwarmer number one. This week, urged on by the return of snow, I was determined to finish the second one which I have been crocheting at night by firelight.
Having completed the first, I was a bit unsure, but determined to soldier on. When I got up this morning and looked at the two side by side - do you see what I see?
It's got about 10 more stitches in it than the first one and much bigger! There's nothing for it but to undo them both and think of another suggestion to use up this yarn.
The darkest one is the thinnest and coarsest with the palest one resembling uneven handspun wool, a bit thicker than arran weight. Each cone has 500- 700 grams on it. Any good ideas / patterns preferably not involving dyeing (ha ha!) please let me know.