Friday, January 11, 2013

More yarn blanks

I have dyed all the blanks that I pulled up on my knitting machine last week.
It was a lot of fun!

First out are the four single thread 4ply BFL blanks.

Pretty cool, eh!

And here are the wound up balls. I'm very pleased! I guess the gradient burgundy yarn could have had a more noticeable gradient, but I think these will be very nice knitted up as shawls!

4ply 100% BFL wool, 100grams/400 meters – $38 + shipping

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I had also made seven blanks of 4ply merino/silk/nylon that I knitted double so that it can be used for two identical socks.

As you can see, some of them have the first 3-4 meters in a different colour so that it will give a thin edge at the top of the sock.

I was happy with the blanks but got very disappointed when I unraveled them to dry... The dye has not penetrated the yarn properly so it looks quite mottled... There are even white spots... I guess they will still look ok knitted but it's not the way I wanted my sock blank yarn to look!

Is anyone keen to knit some 4ply merino/silk/nylon socks for a discounted price?  
2 balls = 100grams/360 meters (enough for 1 pair of socks)
1 x 100grams – $20 + postage
2 x 100grams – $30 + postage     All sock blanks are sold.

First I thought my blanks had been to tight. But they really weren't so I think it's the blend of the yarn. I think the silk made the two threads stick to each other.

Next time I will knit the merino/silk single thread for shawls and knit the BFL double for socks. It actually makes sense since the BFL is so fantastic for socks and the merino/silk is great for shawls! Lesson learned!


  1. I'd be interested in trying one out, I love Merino/Silk socks and I don't mind mottled either.

    1. Hi Rachelle,
      Sure, please send me an email and let me know which one you would like. happygoknitty (at) hotmail (fullstop) com

  2. Yes, sockblanks are fantastic. I dyed my own knitted blank in 2009 and knitted socks from it. You inspired me to make it one more time!

  3. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog while searching for how to dye blanks. I see that you knit the blanks 'double' to have the two socks turn out the same. Can you explain what that means?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Frank,
      It simply means I split up my 100g yarn skeins into to two 50g balls and then I knit up the blank with two strands of yarn. The blanket is doublestranded which means that when I unravel the two strands are exactly the same. :)