Thursday, June 19, 2008

On the Road Again

just can't wait to get back on the road again...

In the last week we were forced to leave our beautiful workspace where previous sock kong citings occurred. The new space is just too depressing to show, although I did get a promotion. (Woo for sustainable, & livable wage!) On top of this, I'm back to traveling 'round the state- and the next few weeks are full of travel days.

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Last weekend I finished knitting the short version of Laminaria. Aside from the first row of the last chart not printing (prompting an emergency rush-hour phone call to Deepa to save the day), it's a stellar pattern. Someday I'll probably knit the longer version. During all of last week I asked friends and co-workers what they thought of the army camo-ish variegation. There were 12 likes and only4 dislikes. Here's a reminder of what it looked like:

Minutes after finishing the shawl I knew I hated it and started drawing up a dye bath. Bright, light lime-y green didn't cover the tan/brown, so I blued-up the solution and darkened just until it covered the variegation just enough for a monochrome green. I tried to maintain as much color intensity as possible, and am really pleased with the results.

The tips were dyed lighter than the center, thus a slight ombre to the finished piece.

Go on, knit one or two Laminaria shawls yourself!


15 comments:

monica said...

Beautiful! I love the picture of it sitting on the hosta.

aj said...

Holy crow, that's GORGEOUS!

And that last photo, on the hosta, is very very beautiful.

Lovely lacework!

Cathy-Cate said...

I LOVE the Laminaria Take Two!

It was nice before, but now it's stunning.

I can't bring myself to knit Laminaria. It's the name. I know it's just a kind of seaweed, but there is a -- device -- used in medicine made from that seaweed which ruins the shawl for me. (Yes, now you'll have to Google it. Yes, I've had to put those in.) I guess if I called it the Seaweed Shawl, maybe I could do it.

Did you bring it to the Guild meeting?

: )

Knitted Gems said...

I was worried about how the dye would make it look. But, it looks so pretty. I love how the dye darkened it. Besides, the pattern really shines now that your eye isn't drawn towards the variegation.

Monika said...

It's beautiful! You did the right thing with overdyeing it. It's better than frogging. :o)

Miss T said...

Yes, much better overdyed! Nice work.

Jess said...

Beautiful! I liked the original color too, but the overdyed color is lovely. Laminaria is a fun knit - I really enjoyed it.

Congratulations on the promotion!

Elemmaciltur said...

You're giving me a bout o start-itis!

Diane said...

Wow! Just stunning!

Amy said...

I liked the variegated, but wow, the overdyed is so beautiful!

Stacey said...

that came out beautiful - you did a great job with the overdye!

Rebecca said...

That turned out great! Good for you for sticking to your instincts!

sassy said...

I have the same issue with Laminaria as Cathy-Cate does, but your overdyed version is so gorgeous!

Holly said...

I like this version better than the full, and it is wonderful that you have it pictured so that all of us can both admire and really see the pattern.

If you don't mind - I have tagged you for a meme. I have it posted 1 July

-Holly

Meema said...

Great results with the overdyeing. Have fun wearing it!