I think I'll start with a pretty picture of some yarn.
This is the yarn I was plying and finishing over the weekend, Blue Faced Leicester from Fleece Artist, and the colour is Pinata.
And I just wish it looked like that in real life. My camera really does make things look much more blue that they really are, and this is a good example of it. On the page here, I see a lovely turquoisey skein, with bits of pink and green. On the desk here next to the keyboard, I see a rather dodgy-looking green skein with bits of pink and acid yellow-green - and believe me, it isn't nearly as nice as that sounds, either.
Of course I can't show you the difference, either. Maybe I need a different camera.
So, in real life this isn't looking pretty. The problem happens in the finishing. When the skein goes into the water, it looks pretty much like that picture - maybe a bit more green to it than that, but it is definitely blue yarn. But the blue comes out in the water, and what I'm left with is not something that I like.
I am wondering if there is something I can do to prevent this happening. I seem to remember hearing something about vinegar for fixing dyes. Maybe I should put a bit of vinegar in the finishing bath, just in case? Would this work? How much, and what sort of vinegar? If anyone can offer advice, I would be really grateful.
The Cobblestone Pullover has reached 9" now. I have hardly spent any time on it at all. Yes, I am lazy. And yes, I'll work on it more today.
This morning I cast on for a sock - it was bound to happen eventually. The pattern is the fifth Blue Moon sock club pattern for 2007 - Lenore by Stephanie Pearl McPhee - and the yarn is Blue Moon's eponymous Lenore STR Lightweight. Progress so far is minimal. I'll work on it more today, I hope.
Last but not least - tomorrow I start work. I still can hardly believe this, and I'm really looking forward to it. I know I'm very lucky - right place at the right time, that was all. But it is still brilliant!
And that reminds me, I do need to sort out my knitting bag, which will - of course! - be coming with me.