I am sorry to have waited this long to post. I assure you it was not voluntary and it motivates me to post often this week and for the remainder of the year. So that is a promise I make and you can call me on it.
This delayed post is about Knit Paint socks, a labor intensive dye process by Fly Designs of Washington. The process can be summarized like this:
First the yarn is knitted in its natural format (undyed), into socks on an antique sock machine. Once the socks are knitted each pair is hand-dyed with a sponge brush while using the sock like a canvas. Each set can take up to 2 hours to dye. The socks are then left to dry.
Once dry they are soaked and washed to set the dye and dried one more time. The socks are then ripped (yes, they frog the whole thing), and reskeined. When knitted Knit Paint skeins create lovely color patterns.
Here is a link to Barb’s blog, a customer of ours who has knitted a pair of socks with Knit Paint. Barb I snagged one of your photos I hope you don’t mind.