Indigo and cochineal Jaywalkers

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A while back I acquired some merino-silk 4 ply (fingering) yarn to use as a no-nylon sock yarn.

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Of course, it all started out white.  Over time, some was dyed in legacy logwood.  Some with legacy cochineal, and some with indigo.  Then I decided on overdyeing the cochineal to create stripes and spots, creating some deep pink-purple and some blue sections where I had tied resists during the first dyeing in cochineal.

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There was hospital knitting, nursing home knitting, public transport knitting as ever, meeting knitting.

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There was even knitting during an experimental opera!

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And now there are socks.  The pattern is an old favourite, Jaywalker, by Grumperina.  It doesn’t stretch much but it stays up and it looks great.

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They are destined to be added to India Flint’s collection… bless her creative mind and nimble fingers and keep her toes warm, I say!

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6 responses to “Indigo and cochineal Jaywalkers

  1. Khendra

    Wow, they are so pretty!
    I bought indigo and cochinea and will try them hopefully soon. Or maybe next year.
    Have a beautiful day!
    Khendra

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  2. Love your socks, lucky India.

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  3. I’m very late to this conversation…having been somewhat preoccupied with other matters, and so am rather behind in my reading. I LOVE these socks, which are now (bliss) in my possession, awaiting the retrieval of my seven-league boots from the cobblers (tomorrow!). thank you ever so much, Mary. Wool socks , especially your wool socks , are utterly marvellous.

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