31. August 2011 19:55
I've been having a hard time getting much accomplished knitting-wise lately. I pick away at a few things, here and there, but never seem to finish anything big or impressive the last little while. I think that's why I'm enjoying knitting baby things. Not only will they be useful soon, but it's the sort of project I can actually finish and feel like I achieved something.
These are some tiny, approximately infant sized, leftover socks. I have lots of little balls of leftover sock yarn in a big basket in the craft studio. I had been planning forever on trying to come up with a use for them - maybe a sock-yarn-scrap-blanket or a crazy pair of fair isle socks or something. I think this solution is a bit more fun: Make baby socks and hats out of them! So that's what I've been doing... making little socks and hats until I run out! This particular pair is made from some Araucania Ranco Multi leftovers :)
One thing I find very challenging about making baby things, however, is the sizing. I know how big adult feet are. I know how big the average adult noggin is. Children however, especially babies, are a complete mystery to me! I can read the gauge in the pattern and try to match it perfectly, but often the finished garment looks either too big or too small to my inexperienced view of babies. I've made some socks that look teensy weensy, and hats that look too big. These socks, I hope, are an intermediate size.... perhaps too big for a newborn, but hopefully just right for somewhere between newborn and 3 - 6 months. I knit this pair on size 2.5 mm circs, with 40 stitches in the round... done the boring old traditional way from the cuff down.
I keep trying to reassure myself - babies come in all shapes and sizes; if I make enough pairs of various things in various sizes, there will be a kid somewhere who will be able to wear them. Even if that's not my own little jellybean, someone will get use out of them :)
19. April 2010 09:00
Once again... I was tempted by Webs... They had Ranco Solid and Multi on sale again... oops!
The Blue one reminds me of a winter ocean with shades of blue, gray and even purple!
This one reminds me of a day at the beach - Blue bright sky with fine sand under my feet. Mom liked it too... it now lives at her house :)
15. February 2010 11:05
folks... I've knit entire lace shawls that didn't have this much lace! I'm not sure which part of these socks made them so challenging, but they were certainly not the sort of knit that you could drop and pick up haphazardly!
When I started out on this lacy journey, many of my fellow iron knitters were having issues with gauge and size problems. There were many complaints of XLL cuffs and socks... but for some reason, I got great results with the exact needles called for (2.25 mm) and my first purchase of Araucania Ranco. Maybe my results had something to do with the fact that the pattern was actually test knit with that yarn (something I discovered while browsing through the completed projects on Ravelry)
Either way, these babies fit fantastically. The heel fits very nicely, and the teeny little cables on the side seem to just hug the right places. The foot length was just right after 2 repeats of the chart pattern, so I did not need to fudge anything to add in the little leaf-motif for the toe. I opted to continue the diamond pattern down the foot as well, because I liked it so much.
Of the two lace panels, the diamond based one was by far my favorite. I think it's because I have a thing for geometrics. I like rounded, curly, leafy type patterns, but always seem to go back to angular, pointy, lattice-like types of motifs. I guess everyone has a style. I did really enjoy the contrast between the rounded and angular panels though, and I really got to practice my "cabling with no cable needle" technique on the little cables. I will definitely try more teensy cables in future socks.
Oh.... and I made the cutoff! I'm still in the competition... Onto pattern 3!