Monday, March 28, 2011

Red Socks

No, not that sort of Red Socks. These are just red socks.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Fixation Solid in color 3794 (aka red)
Yarn Supplier: Mind's Eye Yarns
Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm

These are just basic top down socks with a heel flap heel and a wedge toe. Due to sheer laziness I took the numbers from Thuja, but then just knit them in stockinette instead of seed stitch rib. While these may not be terribly exciting technique-wise, I was very happy to be knitting another pair of socks for this particularly recipient. (Wow was that really nearly 2 years ago? Sorry love, you were severely overdue for another pair!)

I had discovered the last time I knit socks from Cascade Fixation that the key for me is to use a much larger needle than seems reasonable. Due to the elastic and huge difference in linear density when this yarn is under tension, the final fabric just comes out a lot more reasonable and it is much nicer to knit that way.

I am not sure why, but I seem to be on a bit of a sock jag. You might want to be prepared for more sock-knitting (and knitting from sock-yarn) in the near future.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day everyone!

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Grey Stripey Socks

Salvbard has been very patient, but I recently realized that it had been ages since he got a pair of socks. He is a great sock-recipient though and wears them often, so I am always happy to knit him another pair. I love him so much, I don't even gripe much as his preference for boring colors. (Hey so they are a bit more fun and stripey, they are still grey right?)

MC Yarn: Regia Banner Color in 5455
Yarn Supplier: Carodan Farm Wool Shop
Toe & Heel Yarn: Jawoll Solid Superwash in 82.0124
Yarn Supplier: The Knitting Room (now closed)
Needles: US 2/2.75 mm and US 1/2.25 mm
Pattern: 72sts, top-down, modified german heel & wedge toe

I have to admit the man has some terribly shapely calves. Through a bit of trial and error, I have found that he generally likes the fit of a mostly ribbed sock, particularly if the top of the leg is done up a sized needle which accommodates his calf better. Here I used a US size 2 for the leg and then switched to a US size 1 for the foot. Given the relatively small diameter of his ankle compared to his calf though, I think next time I would only do the top few inches with the larger needle. Using a smaller needle for the bottom ribbing gives a firmer fabric that stands up a bit better (though his omnipresent boots keep these from slouching there during the day).

The heel is a variation on the German heel found in the Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I did it across just 36 stitches, instead of adding 4 stitches from the instep to either side. I have been curious to try different heel shapes for him, as he really likes the Black Man-Socks with the Dutch heel from the same source. Some may remember that he liked those socks so much I had to replace the toes due to wear a while ago.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Crocus Yarn

We aren't quite to crocus season yet, though I did notice that with the snow melted from my yard, the hyacinths and daffodils are just starting to poke up through the soil. Despite that, I am totally ready!

Having the spinning wheel in the living room has been fantastic. I broke out some fiber that I had received in the Somerville Yarn Swap. (And yes, I have been dipping a lot into the old stash recently.) Total between the four colors, I have 235 grams of superwash wool. The colors are a little more accurate in the above picture.

This is the first skein that I have plied so far from what I have. Given that I have found my singles have been tending more to the fine side, I went with something a little different and made a 3-ply. I wasn't sure if it would muddy the colors too much, but I have to say that at least pre-knit-up the yarn maintains that feeling of mixed crocus colors well. Neat!


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Winter Tomato

Is there anything sadder than grocery store winter tomatoes? Particularly with the cold, dark days I have been thinking longingly of produce not yet in season.

I have also been fairly enamored with the idea of making knitted food toys for my nieces recently. I have no idea where this urge came from, but it is fairly pernicious. Adding to my daydreams of fresh produce, I finally got around to starting to make some toy food.

Pattern: tomato by Hansi Singh
Pattern Source: Amigurumi Knits
Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease in Rancho Red & Caron Simply Soft in Dk. Sage (both discontinued colors)
Needles: US 6/4.0 mm

I bought this book last year after falling in love with most of the contents (except the lantern fish, ugg!), but this is the first thing I have actually made from it. The construction is a bit different than I think I would design, but they are quite clear. I was so excited after having finished this that I immediately cast-on another project from this book.

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