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Knitting update

It is nearly time for my personal realization that Christmas is coming and I have gifts to make.  Not quite yet because Thanksgiving is the panic button day.

So I am doing general knitting and spinning.

I started a shawl (Blue Jeans Lace Leaf Shawl) with my own handspun, a single ply, and it is not going well.  I don’t spin well enough yet to skip the all-important plying step to help hide some of my way too thin parts.  Grey wool on silver knit picks needles?  Not so easy for my eyes on the cobweb weight parts.  I will persevere!  The parts that are done look nice, so that is encouraging.  At the rate it is going I will still be working on it 2 years from now.
Since I wrote this draft, the above shawl is no more.  We made it to row 30 and I was spending more time tediously tinking back than I was knitting forward.  Some yellow baby yarn was in my stash and I began knitting with it to see if it was the pattern or the yarn giving me problems.  It was the yarn.  The lovely gray has been ripped out and wound carefully back into it’s ball to await further inspiration.  Even though the yellow is kind of bright and squeaky acrylic it is fun knitting.  The pattern finally MAKES SENSE!

The sock yarn blankie is going well and will have a lot of blue.  I had never noticed how many of my knitterly friends liked to make blue socks.  He (the blankie is a He.  For some reason I have begun to refer to IT as a HE) has been a traveling companion and dr’s office calming device.  Quite a few people commented on how serene I looked knitting while waiting for my eye surgery.  Knitting makes a great socially acceptable pacifier for a medical procedure wienie.

Socks are on another pair of needles and actually got about an inch or so done on them today. 

The all important heel is coming up and the anticipation is daunting.  I need an easy to engineer heel that can be readily altered for large ankles.  Very large ankles.  I’m trying to decide between Widdershins (a kind blogger even broke it down farther for some of us) or Fleegle heel (Fleegle fine tuned the method in another blog post).

Spinning is chocolate cherry wool from my VA shepherd(ess?) friend and I am TRYING to make a thicker singles.  I would love something I could ply 2 together and get a sport weight.  Or even go whole hog and 3 ply!  wow!

Take Care!

My Knitting Adventures – Socks 3A

I really love knitting socks.  Working on pair 3 AND 4 at the same time!  I had stalled on pair 3 and started on pair 4 at knitting group one week and have continued to switch back and forth.

This is sock 3A

Pair number three, first sock (Sock 3A)

The yarn is a cotton/nylon blend called Lagoon from Sara’s Colorwave yarns.    I purchased some crochet cotton from her in the past and was impressed with the quality of the base thread and her dyeing skills.  It was VERY reasonably priced – anytime I can get enough yarn for a pair of socks in size huge from one skein of yarn for less than $10 I am going for it!

Closeup of the yarn under my "daylight" lamp

I know the socks look kind of odd-shaped but that is what it takes to fit my feet.   They are a teeny bit short- about two more rows and they would be perfect.  Socks 3B are past the heel but I’m not happy with the sloppy way I did the heel turn.  A heel turn is not the time to watch a show you actually pay attention to.  Frogging is in the future.  The very near future.  Yuk.  But rather frog than SEE those holes (both of them…LOL) or know they are there.

I’ve been wanting to try some summer yarns – it gets pretty hot in Florida and I wore my first pair of wool blend socks and my feet were HOT.  And it isn’t really summer yet!  We have a couple of weeks before the night temps go above 85…LOL.  Cotton fiber socks are an option and I am aware that cotton yarns have the rep that they stretch all out of shape but I’m hoping the nylon in these will help hold the shape.

I did the ribbing for these sport socks in the same size needle as the rest of the sock – size US zero and it is much too loose.  I had a JoAnn’s coupon and bought the Susan Bates set of DPNs in sock sizes.  The 00 size will be used for the ribbing for socks 3B and if I like it better, guess what – I’ll rip out the ribbing on socks 3A and redo with the small needles. And then find circular needles in 00.  I can use DPNs but like circs MUCH better.

Some may think the ripping is excessive but I am learning more and more about knitting each time I try something, rip,  and then try something else.  The Toe-Up Gusseted Heel from Maia has been a fantastic heel and I can almost do it without looking at the instructions.  Not quite, but almost.  When studying sock construction I kept finding wrap and turn methods but they seemed…fiddly…to me.  Maia’s heel was straightforward and simply slipping the first stich allowed me to yank up the stitch tight to eliminate the holes.  Most of the time.  When I am paying attention to the knitting and not watching an episode of Chuck online.

My Bird Poop Socks

Which one of your friends did the dirty deed?

Which one of your friends did the dirty deed?

I’ve started my second pair of socks with Deborah Norville’s new yarn by Premier – Serenity Sock yarn.  (as a Firefly fan, love the name!).  The color pattern is Indigo and a mix of stripes in light turquoise, and stripes of indigo and off white in kind of a faux fair isle colorway.

The knit fabric with size 1 needles was too “holey,” and didn’t like the fabric with the size zero so went back to the size 1.  I quit thinking “relax” and just knit.  Gauge is 9 stitches an inch, and works out nicely.

The socks started life at Knitting Group on Sunday night.  When I went out to my vintage Toyota, it wouldn’t start.  I did NOT leave the lights on this time and got the click sound when turning the ignition so it was Not Good.  The AAA guy agreed with me it was probably the starter and he was awesome and gave me a push start!  I love a standard transmission for just that little trick.  Pop the clutch while rolling forward and you start up!  I will have to think about that when sitting in traffic and shifting up, shifting down, shifting up, shifting down.

So when I got home I backed up my drive so if I had to, I could roll down the driveway and use that momentum to start the toyota.  Good thing I did – and the next stop was the mechanic.  He had time to work on it and replaced the points in the starter and I am good as new again.

After the repair the weather was so nice I wanted to go sit in the park for a bit and enjoy the river, birds, and temperature.  Walked to my favorite bench, put the bag down beside me while I took some pictures.  When I reached in for the knitting my hand came away with ick on it…and some bird had pooped on my yarn!  It wiped off pretty well and was mostly on some previously knit part so worked on it a bit more…then the gross factor got to me and I gave up, went home, ripped it out, and washed the yarn.

Started again and took the socks with me to a dr’s appointment today.  I had about the first 3 inches of toe-up socks done again.  It isn’t very impressive yet and looks like a tube with a wedge-shaped bottom.

As you know, a lot of hurry up and wait in a dr’s office.  He was a little faster today and caught me before I climbed on the exam table.  I set them down in my chair and here is our conversation:

Doc: What are you making?
Me: Socks
Doc: Who are they for?
Me: Me.
Doc: -silence- I guess you are at the beginning then…

About fell off the exam table laughing.  I love this doctor!  He is great, and has a marvelous sense of humor.  He has encouraged my knitting as it is great hand therapy.

These are going to be famous socks and they are still in the fledgling stage!