i've been going at a good little clip with my knitting lately, which is very nice considering the number of deadlines and side projects (besides just working full-time) that i have going on. i still have some dyeing to do before the trunk show, but that's all been booked into my week off over spring break, when i can dedicate myself to my soon-to-be indigo vat in between cluster fest events. this week, i finished a shawl for an art award submission and whipped up a pair of gather handshoes for the dark woods kal! perfect timing, especially considering how things are starting to warm up around here but not enough to warm my poor fingers.
i knit the pair using the leftovers from my flopster sample. there's still some leftover! seriously, i'd be super pleased even if it wasn't my own yarn. the original colour, which i got from a second bath of madder, was very peach/coral, which looked a bit ridiculous next to my skin. so i took some leftover logwood and madder baths, both with iron in them, and poured them together into the dye pot. i wrapped each handshoe around a thai basil leaf, bound them, and popped them in the pot. they simmered for an hour and a half, then hung out with no heat overnight.
i wasn't totally sure about the new colour initially, but i'm much happier with it now. and i'm very happy to have a non-melted pair of handshoes in my wardrobe again. and i'm especially happy to have fit a selfish knit into a single day, especially with my current queue. i do have to remember that making for myself is just as valid as design work or knitting a sample or submission.