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Focus? Am I supposed to know what that means?

Between work, knitting, and testing new colorways, I feel like my focus is everywhere but in one place. Lots to share, but I won't inundate with everything that's been happening around here. I'll share a couple of things that I think you'll enjoy, like new colorways! ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶

OMG Do I Try
OMG Do I Try, on a new stellina base!

Another new colorway, which really surprised me by how much people gravitated to it, is the beginning of a Junkyard series I've planned. The first is called Junkyard Baby, and you can see it here:

Junkyard Baby

It reminds me of an old baby doll, partly buried in a trash heap, parts of it exposed to the sun while others show sign of damp and mildew. Lovely visual, right? Yet people seem to really love it! It's a double stranded flat, so it's great for knitting two socks at a time (or you can hold it double for a DK or worsted weight project). I've been knitting some toe-up vanilla socks, and I've recently turned the heel and began working on the leg. Just a bit more and I'll do the cuffs and bind off. Cannot. Wait.

Here are some progress shots:

image from farm1.staticflickr.com
image from farm1.staticflickr.com
image from farm1.staticflickr.com
image from farm1.staticflickr.com

I haven't taken a photo of my current progress, post heel-turning, but you can watch a short clip where I show them off on Instagram. Ignore the goofy expression that the video thumbnail shows me having; I'm clearly an amateur at setting the right kind of thumbnail still for those things.

While you're at it, though, please feel free to browse my Instagram. There are a lot of knitting and dyeing related shots recently, as well as some roamin'-around-North-Carolina shots. Make sure to follow me–you know, if those are your sorts of things. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

As of recent, I've been working on recreating the Junkyard Baby flats. I've gotten successively close once, and I believe I've tweaked the proportions enough that I can repeat the colorway as close as possible. Due to the way the knitted flats are dyed, and given how many layers of colors go into the process, there will never be a 100% match; neither to the original nor any others I dye. They will all be close, but some may lean more green, or others more pink. Anything that strays too far from the original colorway, however, won't be sold as a Junkyard Baby. They'll be cast-off's, wanna-be's, junkyard hoodlums. Ooooh, junkyard hoodlums. That's a great name! I'm going to write that down. \(^O^)/

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