Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When I found out there was going to be a new baby girl in my extended family coming this June, I decided I wanted to knit something pink for her. I looked and looked for a yarn that was baby-soft, wool-free, and pink, but I never did find that perfect shade of pink I had in mind. I did find something baby-soft, wool-free, and dyeable. It was a 50/50 nylon/acrylic blend, which is a little iffy for an amateur dyer like me, but I knew I could make it work.
I did make it work and it only took two attempts!
My first attempt was ill-fated. Instead of getting the pretty cotton-candy pink yarn I was hoping for, I got raw-hamburger yarn:
Whether it makes you giggle or it makes you ready to fire up the grill, it is interesting. I still haven't gotten around to skeining it yet. It kind of grosses me out, even though I do love a home-grilled burger.
I dyed that first batch a couple of times trying my best to get something I could even say I liked, but I failed. I needed help in getting that magic pink formula so I sent out the distress signal on some of the yarn dying forums of which I'm a member. I got great advice and, hence, I got that gorgeous pink yarn you see up there.
I probably won't be able to think about this new baby ever again without thinking of that first batch of yarn or the entire evening I spent untangling the pretty pink yarn, but, in the end, it was really worth it. I mean, just look at that perfectly piggly wiggly pinky winky yarnie warnie...gootchie gootchie goooooo!