Waving Lace Socks from Favorite Socks. And here's best part. They're knitted from my first hand-dyed yarn. Knit Picks bare merino/silk dyed with Kool-Aid. I love the color, but it was sort of an accident. I wanted blue socks so I bought some Tropical Punch which, contrary to the color of the package, is (of course) punch RED. Ick. I had some Grape already which I thought might make a nice sock color, but I didn't have enough. So I ended up using 4 Grape plus 2 Tropical Punch, and that combo produced a purple-pinky color, not unlike the color of the socks on the cover of FS. I may have stuffed too much yarn into my dyepot, or maybe I didn't stir enough, because there are sections that barely took up any color. But I kind of like the heathery effect, at least as a first effort at hand-dyeing. I already bought more wool to try again, and I've been reading more about hand-dyeing, includine A Dyer's Garden. If I can bear to chop off the heads of my marigolds, I'd probably have enough to dye yarn for a pair of socks.
We've had quite a bit of rain here in eastern PA, and my garden is looking fab, if I do say so myself. Last week's prize was this lovely lupine. I'd planted four in early spring, and didn't expect to see any activity until next year, but then last week, I spotted this purple spike and have been adoring it ever since. I also added a few more things, just for a bit more color, including some cosmos, one of my favorite annuals.
Over the past few weeks, we've spent quite a bit of time deciding on (and changing our minds about) paint colors. Now that the main color is on, we need to make a decision about accent colors. At the moment, we're wondering whether to go green (left column) or gold (right column).