Sock Blanks

[by Amanda]

Venessa and I have a lovely group of ladies that we knit with...we call ourselves The Knittin' Bitches. I think it totally sounds like a knitting gang and we roam the country looking for awesome yarn. There are five of us in the group and we all have very different sensibilities which makes the group a great source for project inspiration.

Well, today my phone was abuzz. "Look how beautiful! It's from a sock blank." (look here for the project picture). Now, I have heard of sock blanks, so I wasn't clueless, but I haven't worked with them, either in knitting or dyeing. This is something that hasn't been on my radar. This morning's flurry of texts about how cool it is and how much the Knittin' Bitches want some, it has be put squarely in my sights.

I think these will appeal more to Venessa. She has been thinking of new ways to dye yarn and I this may work for many of her plans. I personally am not thrilled with the idea. I think sine she has a very strong painting background, hand painting yarn seems to be her forte. I, on the other hand, have a background in cooking.

Now, don't think I went to culinary school or anything, but before knitting, cooking was my hobby. I look at dyeing in a completely different way than Venessa, I look at dyeing yarn in a pot much like I would see a stew. All the flavors or colors working together to get an amazing end product. I think sock blanks would work in the pot for kettle dyeing, but I feel they lend themselves more for the hand painting style. I guess the only way to find out for sure is to try. 

Venessa can't wait.