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30. March 2011 08:29
by Jobo
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Greensleeves.... er socks...

30. March 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

    greensleeves back to back

I have a soft spot for Knit Picks sock yarns.  Ok there.  I admitted it.  Seriously though, the value is excellent, and the selection is fun.

Some time ago, I had unconsciously decided to steer away from self striping or self-patterning yarns.  I think maybe it was because I had been doing more cabled and lace patterned socks, so the stripes and fancy yarns tended to get in the way of the design.

Lately, there have been a bunch of great colors in the self striping selection from Felici (a 75% Superwash Merino /25% Nylon) Blend Sock Yarn.

Every now and again, I just feel the need to make some plain jane, vanilla, boring, ordinary socks.  The kind where you don't follow a pattern, you don't really plan ahead, you just go for it.

This pair had languished for a while.  I had started them months ago (back before the Maritime Handspinner's Retreat back in October!) but somehow had gotten ignored in the Jeep.  These were my "Car" knitting project, and I kind of forgot they were there!

 

greensleeves solesgreensleeves without blockersgreensleeves 2

The Goods:

Pattern:  Made up as I Went! Knit from the toe up, 2-at-a-time on circulars, afterthought heels.  No regard given to whether the yarns were at the same point in the color progression at the starting point.  result - clearly related, but more fraternal than identical.

I really like the fact that these "match" but aren't identical.  I love how the heels and toes look different when you wear them.  Felici is soft and comfortable to wear... though I haven't had the heart to really break these in yet.  They're too pretty to wear out too quickly!  I had underestimated how much yarn was left when I started the cuffs.  Normally I don't enjoy knitting ribbing, so I don't work too much of it in a cuff.  If I make it to 2 inches, I'm doing well.  So when I realized I had so much yarn left, I really didn't want to frog and knit more stockinette and then re-do the cuff.  I just persevered and knit on... in ribbing... forever.  The result is a nice stretchy, soft, springy cuff though.  I can see why people like that feeling, and I don't think the socks will slip down as easily. Drat.  The ribbing, it does *nothing*, is actually useful, and I should consider making more of it perhaps.  Drat!

29. March 2011 08:54
by Jobo
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Be sure to take a Break!

29. March 2011 08:54 by Jobo | 0 Comments

March 27 2011 090

Ruttiger Rabbit felt the need to lay down and rest near my spinning wheel the other night... I'm not sure if it's because he's trying to tell me something in particular, but he cozied up right next to the treadles last night and had a nice little nap before doing the Bun-Bun 500 around the living room rug.  Don't you just love the relaxed Pose?  Nose wiggling, back feet splayed out, front legs relaxed, ears in neutral.  He's a cute little fur-baby!

28. March 2011 10:46
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Jaggerspun Zephyr!

28. March 2011 10:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

zephyr 3 skein pile

There was a sale at Webs on some skeins of JaggerSpun Zephyr!  I have seen lots of lovely projects made with this nice silk blend laceweight, but of course, have never seen any of the yarn in person.  I would have liked to get a more plain color (like cream or white, or ecru even) but since the price was so good I figured it was worth getting a few skeins to try anyways.  You can buy this stuff on cones too... so at least now I'll know what to expect, and maybe I'll feel comfortable enough to buy a whole cone next time.

zephyr 3 skeinsit's really light and soft!

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