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February 27, 2010

My Geeky friend

Filed under: Miscellaneous Stuff — Miss P @ 7:26 am

Oh my heart is heavy.  Have you ever met someone that was hard to talk to?  I know a guy like that. I met him about 15 years ago and over the years we’ve become good friends. On the outside he is large, awkward and appears to be uncomfortable. On the inside he is brilliant, warm and sensitive. I received word yesterday that he has terminal cancer. I will miss wandering down to his office to swap stories and try to figure out what to do. I’m so sorry my friend.

Well, I realized that I forgot to update you on the proof of concept project. There is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that I LOVE the yarn. It has a wonder feel and drape so I will continue the spinning. The bad news is that I HATE the dye painting. It just looks ugly. Maybe I picked a bad color. I was trying to highlight the knit pattern with dye and it just didn’t work. Well, have a look and see what you think.

So, it starts on the blending hackle. 50% cashmere and 50% silk … YUM!

After spinning and knitting, I laid the swatch out on saran wrap …

I painted the dye onto the swatch with a tiny little paintbrush …

Rolled it into a log and cooked it in the microwave …

After washing, blocking and drying … YUK!

Well, at least my Triinu scarf turned out nicely. You can’t see it, but there are tiny little sparkly beads throughout. So pretty!

A close up. If you look VERY closely you can see the beads …

Oh, I didn’t spin this one, but I did dye it 🙂

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