Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sock Innovation Project - Eunice

The second sock in Cookie A's "Sock Innovation" has been completed. 

"Eunice" was made with "Miss Babs" yarn that I had received from a previous sock and yarn swap. It was so luxurious to knit up and the color is great.

This was a challenging project for my skills. Cable patterns with two cable needles and the use of lifelines, and moving stitches about on your needles was the norm. I finally got it done, but really had to pay attention to detail.  Cookie A's patterns really have you step out of your comfort zone.

I got lots of compliments on the socks and can't wait for the warmer weather to wear them. I might even buy a pair of Mary Jane loafers to show them off. I would also like to thank my "photographer" Eric (my son)  for his help with the blogging.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fingerless Mitt Envy

In my previous post, I spun up some nice blue merino wool from Ashland Bay Fiber which I had purchased at a Sheep & Wool Festival. This is the finished product is the result of one of the first fibers spun on my new Heavenly Handspinning wheel.

Because I had around 200 yards, it called for a small project and I chose "Mitt Envy," a free pattern from Ravelry.  I used a Size 1 needle although the yarn was a little thicker.  It produced a very tight fabric, making those twists a little hard at times.

I will have to alter the pattern if I ever have to make them for larger hands that mine. Either that or use a Size 2 or Size 3 needle. The pattern was easy to follow and the newly spun up yarn gave off some nice blue and purple hues that will look great this winter with my violet pea coat.

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Show Me the Money - Glynis

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This is the first project of my Cookie A - Sock Innovation goal.  The first pattern, "Glynis" was knit up in some Opal that was given to me as a prize. Normally I wouldn't have chosen this odd colorway, but began to love it as it worked up, 

While the photo doesn't do the colors justice, the scheme reminded me of the same colors of money; (ie, dollar bills). Every time a passerby saw me knitting on this project, they would agree with me that it reminded them of US currency. 

The socks knit up a little tighter than I wanted. I used a Size 1 circular needle with the magic loop method. Cookie A doesn't offer up different sizes in her book "Sock Innovation," but does give a nice tutorial on how to size up or down to your liking. I guess I should have read that before beginning, but I was lucky that my foot was the size of her template.