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Sunset armsocks

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Published: March 14, 2009
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A knitting commission: sunset arm warmers for ~Wijiic. Hand dyed, hand spun, and hand knitted with love! And also intense scientific interest, because that's a lotta colors to get into such a short piece of roving. I had to develop a new dyeing technique to make it work. Damn I'm good. :D

They're fraternal rather than identical twins, I'm afraid; I split the roving a bit unevenly, so one is a touch shorter than the other. Like one centimeter. This happens with handcrafts; a small imperfection keeps the gods from getting angry. This is the first time I've made a yarn this thin by Navajo plying, so of course I had to go around showing everyone in the house. And of course they had no idea why I was so excited, and just patted me on the head and said 'Er... good boy?' in baffled tones. :)
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Auntie-Aku's avatar
Those are totally lovely! The dyeing is awesome...

Haha, almost every time I knit/crochet something, it ends up somehow different size it was ment to. I guess it's just natural.
StarTyrian's avatar
Thanks!

Sounds like your tension varies a lot. Time and practice should smooth that out.
Auntie-Aku's avatar
No prob.

Hm. That might be true, though I've done this practising since I was about 9...that'd make 12 years...and I knit a lot. :D
StarTyrian's avatar
Haha, it even crossed my mind when I wrote that: "What if I say practice more and it turns out she's been doing it forever? I'll look a right pillock then!" :D

Maybe your tension is different when you swatch? I've had that problem sometimes; I'm paying close attention to the swatch, so I knit tighter, and then when I get into the actual project I relax and my stitches loosen up.
Auntie-Aku's avatar
That's possible, too. :D I think I should pay closer attention in all my knitting/crochetting. :D I often do it when I watch movies or when I sit in a class at school...
StarTyrian's avatar
I'd suggest the opposite: watch a movie while you do your swatch. Then you'll get your relaxed gauge right off the bat.
Auntie-Aku's avatar
Hm, maybe I'll try that out. Thanks. :D I just got a bunch of new, exiting knitting tutorials and some random yarns, so it's good to start now. ^_^
Yonaka-Yamako's avatar
The transition between the blue and red is amazing. I love how this turned out. Bravo!
StarTyrian's avatar
Thanks! I had to get tricky to keep from getting any green in there. ^_^
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LaughingAstaraelProfessional Traditional Artist
These are beautiful :D

A question! Do you know when you will once again open these glorious commission slots? I have a nefarious plan for a friend's present.
StarTyrian's avatar
If the gods smile, two weeks or even less. If the gods point and laugh while I fall down stairs... a month? To tell the truth, I thought I'd be done by now even with six slots, but I have been providing slapstick comedy for the universe lately. :D

If I do open in time for your idea to work, be sure and let me know about the present deadline.
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LaughingAstaraelProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh, that's perfect, since the birthday in question is in December. Delightful 8D! I shall wait for slots to open with glee now.
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