Finishing Things

This week, I am finishing things. The first thing I’ve finished doing is winding an impossibly tangled ball of yarn that I dyed in the washing-machine. Folks, never dye 4-ply cotton in the washing-machine.

…unless you have the patience to spend many, many hours turning it from this:

into this:

I photographed it with my nasturtiums because the colours are quite similar and I love the way the red looks against all that green…

I have knit up a swatch and gotten gauge for the top I want to make out of this yarn, so that’s another small task completed.

I just have to press it now. It has very short stripes, in kind of nasturtium and calendula oranges and reds.

The yarn is Patons 4-ply cotton. It was previously a peachy/coral shade that I would never wear or enjoy knitting with; now it reminds me of this flowerbed and many hours spent untangling.

4 Responses to Finishing Things

  1. Lara says:

    Beautiful colours – I love the stripes, will make a beautiful top. Also am loving your good reads reviews – I have also signed up to that and library thing. Library thing might take over my life!!!

  2. SRW says:

    With the arrowhead shape and the cut-away shoulders, it looks like a warrior’s top – so it makes sense that you’d have to conquer the gordian knot to make it. It will look terrific in your nasturtium dye-job.

  3. Felix says:

    Thanks for the kind comments!

    ‘Gordian Knot’ is new to me and a perfectly relevant and concise reference for untangling all 900+ metres of this yarn…

    …I shall remember my ability to untangle Gordian Knots every time I wear the gladiator-style top.

    Perhaps a medallion to match?

    …and yes, Lara, the good reads reviews I have lined up comprise more items to be ‘finished’ this week… books are excellent aren’t they?

  4. ladylinoleum says:

    That color is stunning! Are you tackling fiber reactive dyes in your machine? You’re my hero.

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