Monday, October 29, 2007

So many socks, so few feet

October has yielded two identical and one large sock. The large sock will eventually be felted, but DD wants me to wait until she's home at Thanksgiving. The pair of socks is out of A Piece of Vermont merino sock yarn, knit on US1 dpns. I'm trying to knit socks more tightly to make sure they wear well.

The regular sized sock is in the picture to show the scale of the large one. It's from 2+ skeins of Noro Kureyon, and trying to keep the stripe sequence intact was quite involved. All comments about the quality control of the Noro came true on this one.

The stocking for DH is on the needles. I've come to the conclusion that I knit on the loose side, so ended up going down two needle sizes. It's a gansey style, so very straightforward. I'll start the Norwegian style for DS this weekend; it could take awhile.

Friday, October 19, 2007


Why does tomorrow seem much more important than last year? I feel like something big is about to happen, when in reality it will most likely be a pleasant day of fiber shopping and meeting some old and new friends. I'll be a square for blogger bingo, and will be wearing Icarus, with my canvas bag from last year.

Depending upon when the Ravelry t-shirts are available, I may be wearing that at some point. If the temperature reaches 70F, that T-shirt will be necessary. As for shopping, I'd like to get yarn for a sweater for myself, though I don't have a pattern in mind. I've seen guidelines for how much yarn to get, so will go by that.

Off to check the weather report yet another time!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Downside of Noro

DD requested the Christmas Surprise stocking, and selected the Noro Kureyon colorway that she wanted. This the second time that I've knit with Noro, and the first time where the workmaship has left me underwhelmed. The knitting has been fine; the changing colors has kept me intrigued and VM is minimal. Then I came to the end of the first skein. Knotted onto the blue was a piece of orange, which isn't in the correct sequence at all. So I untied that, and found my second skein. The initial color was orange, not the blue from the first. So I tried the third skein, and wound off what you see on the TP tube before finding where I wanted to start. It will be lovely, and I hope I have enough yarn to keep the color sequence intact.

I was thrilled on Monday to read that I had won a prize! Chicken Knits had a contest to name her new twill piggy, and I'm a runner up. My prize package came on Friday, and is fantastic.

As soon as my jaw recovers from having a filling replaced, I will be into those gummy bears. The yarn is Daring from Sunshine Yarns, and will be high on my list of projects, once the Christmas Stockings are complete.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

October Events - Socktoberfest and Red Scarf Project

Sock #1 of the "A Piece of Vermont" merino sock is complete, and the second sock is a couple of inches along. Jessie commented that the yarn was old - I don't remember who I bought it from but it was at the CT Sheep and Wool Festival last April. I'd forgotten how nice it is to have a plain sock to knit. No pattern to keep track of.
Then we have the red scarf, which is quite soft and squishy. I hope it keeps a college student warm and snuggly. The yarn is Marble by N.Y Yarns, and is 66% acrylic, 30% wool and 4% nylon. It did not feel like acrylic, and is washable. I made several attempts at knitting a pattern, and gave up - the yarn obscured everything. A simple 2x2 rib gives it some volume. 3 skeins yielded a 5 1/2 foot scarf.

The Christmas stockings are started, so I have three months to make four of them. I could be quite busy on Christmas Eve.