The subject heading is the equation I used to dye my yarn last night (I heart chemistry) with various red-toned Kool-Aids and very, very little sleep. Despite my careful math, the yarn came out far more varied than I had planned. If I had to guess, I think it has something to do with how very acidic Kool-Aid is. The dye uptake is very quick, even with careful wetting and stirring. I hadn't planned on a solid colour, luckily. The finished result is something like what you see if you pile all your Valentine's candy together and cross your eyes. You know, kind of like this:
The blue and yellow and green yarn is the VERY FIRST ONE that I dyed.
and a close-up:
Yes, I hear your cries for pictures! Soon, chickens, soon. How about now for pictures! Instant photo gratification!
I've planned out a few patterns for stockings and knee-highs. This may seem a little ambitious as I've knit only one pair of socks, but really it's quite logical. I have very large calves and (in proportion) small ankles. Shapely? Yes, but a complete impossibility when it comes to patterns. Any length between knee-high and ankle slouches unbecomingly (one can only defy gravity and physics for so long). I have A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker at my side. Such excellent guidance and a good grasp of knitter's math should see me through just fine.
Besides, who's afraid of a little frogging? Not me!! (Pay no attention to the post about the shooting stockings.) With socks knit for myself, with no impatiently excited recipient keeping time, I have no compunction frogging until the cows come home.
Tonight and tomorrow: The Madrona Fiber Arts Festival! If you're there, I'll be seein' ya. If you're not, I promise to tell you alllllllll about it.