My first Spring Forward is going really well. I finished the first sock last night, with plenty of yarn left for the second sock. I can see why so many knitters love this pattern, it is so easy to follow inthe instant-gratification sort of way. The cuff on the second sock is done.
I have 28 bottles of Elbesoie silk paint from when I was into silk painting. Twenty eight different colours waiting to be used again. Elbesoie has to be steam-fixed otherwise the dye would just run in the wash. So that was one of my first problems. One bigger problem was how to actually use the paint: do I wet the yarn or not? I quickly read up on handpainting techniques and apparently you have to wet the yarn so off to the bath it went.
Having read recent blog posts from Carrie and following a link in her blog to another Sock Camper, I interpreted the techniques on the photos and used it for my process. I am sure I had omitted certain important steps but they look about right to me.
I used Marine Blue and Pinaster Green, diluted in one part water to 3 parts paint. I laid it out on a strip of cling wrap and poured on the paint where the colour was desaturated and then squished them together to spread the colours. I was so busy with the process that I forgot to take photos. When I was happy with the colours, I transferred the skein into a clean IKEA brown paper bag, rolled it up making sure the openings are secure, then wrapped it in aluminum foil to be steamed for at least 30 minutes.
When I took it out of the steam bath and let it cool, I rinsed it in cool water. This is how it looked like last night.