Thursday, December 27, 2007
This is posted over at http://campanulaforthecure.blogspot.com/ and you can still get the pattern there...
Monday, November 26, 2007
Yes, I finally finished the first Hedera sock. I had trouble with the lace pattern in the beginning and I think that put some bad vibes into the yarn and kept me from working on it as much as I should have. (Bad vibes? Did I really say that?) Anywho, the sock is done and it fits wonderfully, I can't wait for the second one to be done so I can wear these babies!
The yarn is Crystal Palace's Maizy (82% Corn Fiber - 18% elastic nylon), the fabric feels great and it was nice to work with except when it came time to kitchner the toe. Oh how the yarn fought me! But I still love this yarn and will be continuing to collect it and pack it in the sock yarn box like a squirrel. Oooh, and there are going to be some new colors for Spring, I'm really excited about "stormy purple" and "earth."
Monday, November 19, 2007
It was fun and easy and I had a new pair of slippers in an evening...
My only changes were to add a little triangle of stitches to the strap...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Pretty cool pajama pants, aren't they? I bought them for myself as a birthday present. There are bats in them, and the eyes and teeth of the bats glow in the dark. Sweeeet!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I received a lovely skein of colorgrown Cascade Elite Nature's Palette cotton from Ellie along with a pattern for a lace rib sock, and lovely Brittany needles. I normally prefer to use two circs but this time I decided to use all the materials she'd given me (including lovely sock stitch markers) and follow the pattern exactly. I'm onto the foot of the first sock and I love how the rib lace looks.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I think I'm going to have plenty of yarn for this sock and it's mate - I wish I had done the Monkey's as toe up socks - then they could have been a shorter version and all matched. Oh well...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
...and another sort of funny thing - I'll be back in Bismarck this weekend and could get more yarn - we'll see if I want to bother ripping back and completing with the 'right' yarn...
I like them a lot - they're comfy and they fit well and they look good with blue jeans - I think they'll be nice with shorts next summer too...
Now it's on to the Campanula socks - remember I wanted something nice and lacey for the Bernat Cotton - I think the pattern is still available for a donation...
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sorry for the crazy pictures, really hard to take a picture of one's own legs :)
All in all, I'm really happy with these socks. They are a bit too big but otherwise fine. The yarn is nice and shiny, not very stretchy (100% cotton).
Monday, September 17, 2007
Remember the Blueberry Puke- socks? The Puke-socks series got a sequel today when these got knit. Though it's still not clear what puked these up. I used the same yarn as in the Blueberry socks, except naturally not the same colour. 100% acrylic. They took me two days to knit. Not bad.
Friday, September 14, 2007
and at 10¢ each - I will spend about 60¢ to finish my sock.
I have an old drop spindle and I plied the yarn - it's a pretty close match - but in natural light I can see that the blue is brighter and the olive is darker than the original - the lime is still a good match. I shouldn't have tried to match under 'stuff mart's' flourescent lights.
Stuff Mart = walmart - if you watch the Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry - that's the store she gets all her 'stuff' at - so we've called it that since the Man-Cub was little - very appropriate...
Friday, September 7, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Ok. This is totally unfair as this Hibiscuitsgirl is no longer making this yarn. But I loved it so maybe I can get a few tips from her on where she got the yarn to dye.
The Black Stitch yarn was a fingering weight 100% cotton sock yarn dyed in several colorways. Pictured above is "stronghold" which Hibiscuits girl was kind enough to send to me free in exchange for trying it out since it was new.
I knit some basic ankle socks using a mock cable pattern for the leg and a stockinette top of foot and reverse stockinette on the sole.
This yarn is shiny and soft to the touch. It is very smooth so at times using the Addi Turbos was trying but it would have been great on bamboo needles. It does not split easily at all - the plies were very tight and held together well. I made the socks for my big fat size 10 feet with just a few yards leftover from a single skein, which at $12 normally was a great deal. I'm very sorry I didn't order more while she was still making it.
Good thing I never wear socks with sandals...
This is Bernat's description:
All Shades (161074)
26 sts - 36 rows = 4" (10 cm)
Suggested Knitting Needle
3.75 mm, US - 5
Suggested Crochet Hook
3.75 mm, US - F/5
Machine washable. Lay flat to dry.
All Shades (161074)
Content: 70% Cotton - 30% Nylon
Put-up: 1.75 oz / 50 g, 3 Balls / Package
Length: 200 yd / 182 m
The yarn is very soft and has a slight shimmer - it glides on the needles - which is nice after the stiff Baby Denim...
I swatched on size 2 needles and the shimmer is not so apparent in the stockinette stitch - but still a very nice drapey fabric.
So - if you know of a nice lacey summer sock pattern - send it my way...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Rowan RYC Classic Bamboo Soft100% Bamboo viscose50g/ 201 m (112 yds)25 sts x 30 rows= 10cm/4inches3,75mm needles/ size 5 US
+ just feel the yarn! it is so soft you'd want to run the skein on your
cheek over and over and over again
+ it comes in fabulous (a little metallic) shades of colours. too bad my
LYS didn't carry the darker grey..
- as a fan of cheap things I wouldn't mind if it would cost a little
less. (my LYS selss it for 4,45€/skein)
+ knitting with this yarn is almost dreamy. it slides through your fingers
like a little river of satin.
- it splits into strands a little too easily to my taste
+ since it is so thick knitting socks with it does not take too long
- I don't think it'll prove to be the most durable sock-yarn
+ wearing socks knitted with this yarn will feel like your feet would be
surrounded with kittens
+ most importantly the yarn and the socks succeeded in their task of providing
me the pick-me-up I needed!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I was pleasantly surprised - the shop owner came over (of course) to see if she could help me and when I told her that I didn't use animal fibers - she graciously switched gears without even batting an eye and steered me over to some cottons - then she left and came back with a sample book and offered to order anything that I wanted...
I explained that I was on vacation and appreciated the offer - at least with a sample book you can touch the yarn and see the colors - as opposed to internet shopping - but I chose Classic Elite Flash in the Gulf Green colourway - this is their description of the yarn:
"fiber: 100% Mercerized Cotton gauge: 4.5 - 5
manufacturer: Classic Elite yards per skein: 93
recommended needle: 7 machine washable: yes
This soft tweedy multi color cotton that is perfect for any spring or summer project. Flash is made up from 3 strands of different colors. Great for kids-- it is machine washable."
The Gulf Green colourway is three distinct strands - olive green - lime green and sea blue...
As soon as I finished the tennis socks as cast on for 'Monkey' socks at Kala's suggestion http://vegansockkal.blogspot.com/2007/07/opinions.html
Anyhow. One I loved to knit with was this wonderful baby-yarn I'm now reviewing.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This is the Coats and Clark description of the yarn:
Super-soft worsted weight 8-ply crochet thread. Ideal for babies, toddlers, apparel, and home décor. Versatile 75% cotton/25% acrylic blend medium weight thread. 8.64 oz / 246g / 400 yd / 366m ball. Machine wash. Imported. Knit gauge in stockinette stitch, size 8 (5mm) needles: 20 sts and 25 rows = 4" (10cm). Crochet gauge in single crochet, size H-8 (5mm) hook: 20 sc and 25 rows = 4" (10cm).
and at $5.75 US for a 400 yard ball - it's quite a bargain.
When I chose this yarn for the tennis socks I was hoping for a sturdy, soft, absorbent yarn - and I think that this yarn meets all of these requirements...
I found the yarn a little bit difficult to work with as it's sort of stiff - and I wouldn't recommend using less than a size 3 US needle. You can see the 8 plys of cotton thread and it does have a tendency to split. The finished sock certainly seems sturdy (the pair is finished and I'll post pics later) and after washing and wearing they are very soft - I have not played tennis in them yet - but I think they will hold up well...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Jannette's Rare Yarns who is selling some of the older colorways at US$6.25-6.50 and shipping to the US (which is by air, i.e. fast) is $4 for the first ball, $1 for each additional. You might be interested to know there's a cute pattern for ballet slippers called Twinkletoes using Calmer, which is kind of pushing the definition of socks but hey they're footwear so I think it's relevant. :)
It's available in plain colours and variegated (links are to the Yarndex pages of the yarn). You can see the Sox Multi projects on Ravelry here and the Sox Plain projects here.
Examples of Sox socks:
There are 203 yards per ball meaning that you will need 2 for an adult pair of socks.
Some people like acrylic yarn, personally this yarn makes my teeth itch and I only used it as the variety of vegan sock yarn a few years ago was terrible. I do like the socks I've made with it and they appear to be lasting forever, but I won't be buying any more.
Anna in Liverpool England
Fibre Content: 98.3% Cotton 1.7% Elastic
Made In: Brazil
Care: Hand Wash/ Dry Flat
Gauge: 25 st/4 inches 4.5 mm (US 7)
Yardage: 91m/ 100 yds (relaxed) - 170m/186 yds (stretched)
Size: 50g (1.75 oz) ball
Price: $2.75 USD
It's available in plain colours and prints.
Again the needle size is a bit big for socks I think, and it knits well on 3.25mm needles which is what most Fixation patterns call for.
Having used both the Esprit and the Fixation I really couldn't tell much, if any, difference between the two and the Esprit wears and washes as well as the Fixation does. If Elann didn't have such stupid shipping rates to England I'd be stocking up on the prints for sure!
Examples of Esprit socks:
Anna in Liverpool England