Posts Tagged yarn

Lost still

Day 2 and my knitting is still in my husbands vehicle.  I’ve managed to distract myself with games on my iPad, it’s not as productive, accentuating my desire for my needles and yarn.  Looks like I’m going to have to work on the baby blanket I’ve been avoiding.   My new projects will have to wait until my husband brings them back to me tonight.  It’s been a long day and it isn’t even over yet…..I think I will make it.  

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Fiber Festival

I went to the Michigan Fiber Festival today.  This was the first time I have been able to go to a fiber festival.  Seeing all the booths and animals was so much fun.  Meeting designers and learning about spinning.  I wasn’t able to spend the whole day but even in the short time we spent there I have come home with plenty to do.  I picked up a drop spindle and roving and found a pattern to knit from Lost City Knits.  My kids had fun seeing the animals and even were able to watch some sheep herding.  I will definitely be visiting next year and hopefully attending some other yarn inspired events in some bigger cities too.  I loved being able to check out so many different labels and now I think it would be fun to have sheep someday, maybe.  

  

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Toe Up 

I decided to get Knit Picks Fancy Feet Anklets.  It is the first time I have tried toe up socks.  My first pair I used smaller needles and some yarn on hand to make a pair for my daughter.  I knew my daughter has smaller but thicker feet.  Now I am starting another pair on larger needles and Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn.   I really like how soft and stretchy the stroll yarn is versus Deborah Norville’s Serenity Sock Weight.  I do like the convenience of picking up serenity at JoAnn’s but the color and texture of stroll yarn is superior.  This has been my purely for pleasure distressing knitting, unlike the gifts I’m working on for family.  I don’t think I will ever tire of learning new techniques.  I even ordered, The Knitter’s Book of Socks.  Great book!  I originally saw it at my local yarn shop, but couldn’t afford to spend that much but when I was putting together my order on Knit Picks I couldn’t resist the 40% price tag.   I read through chapter after chapter breaking down socks right down to the fiber.  Love learning new details about my latest obsession.  It’s a good thing I sell enough to feed my knitting addiction!

  

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Wooly summer

So I am making a pair of wool socks, an early birthday gift, for my dad.  I have already made wool socks for my brother, sister and mother.  My dads birthday falls in July and I know that I never think of wool socks in the summer, so I checked it out.  I googled it. Yup, I googled “wool socks in summer” or something like that.  Right away expensive wool socks pop up, exhorting the superiority of wool verses cotton socks.  Because the wool wicks away moisture, runners or athletes feet remain comfortable.  I think wool socks will become a regular gift from me.  Of course for the summer months I am going to stick with smaller needles and finer yarn so the socks will be thinner socks.

My first summer dress socks for my dad

  

The pattern I am using,

Hedge row socks

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Sock scraps

   For a long time the sock scrap pattern that is popular on ravelry has caught my eye.  I finally decided to use my scraps from my sock knitting binge I have been on the last few months.  I looked up patterns, two caught my eye.  I looked at the samples from people’s projects.  Wow!  Thousands of blankets have been knit.  I found a knitters notes on the pattern and her blanket had such crisp lines. 

    I have taken her advice and started my squares.  I love the results.  This is going to be fun to watch take shape and to have evidence of the socks somewhere other than a basket.  I tend to give away the socks i knit so having a blanket with a piece of each will be fun.

This is the pattern I chose

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sock-yarn-blanket

And this is the example I loved

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/PrairiePiper/sock-yarn-blanket

  

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Russian Join

I’ve always liked Russia, it seems like a neat country. I’m not saying I agree with them politically but it is a place I would love to see, but this is not what the post is about. Yesterday I had the perfect opportunity to try a Russian join. It was intimidating but surprisingly easy. I love it. No ends to sewn in and it’s barely noticeable. Actually to the untrained eye, invisible. Soon I probably won’t be able to tell where it is when my overly conscientious eyes get over any imperfections I inflate in my mind. It’s always nice to set aside knitting only to pick it up later and appreciate its beauty as a whole instead of seeing tension problems where there are none. Here’s to knitting, and loving it!
Here is the join

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Here is a link to Lion Brand’s excellent step by step instructions
http://blog.lionbrand.com/2012/06/19/how-to-russian-join-yarn-in-7-easy-steps/

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Frustration

So I decided after the last pair of two-at-a-time socks to give another pair a try. Some of the patterns go against my “OCD” nature to adjust for the two-at-a-time. I matched the socks beautifully, or so I thought. When it became apparent that there was a repeat in the color way that I wasn’t aware of and the medium size was working up larger than I liked, I frogged it. Well, starting fresh and trying to match the color way was incredibly annoying but I did it.

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It obviously didn’t work and is making me go insane. I am a seasoned enough knitter that even my husband understands to get the matching dye lot so there is no contrast. I have checked and rechecked and the dye lots match. So I am just going to knit these socks to unmatch. I am still frustrated.

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Socks

It started with some soft pretty purple yarn. Then I found the needles I had bought and forgotten about, and next thing you know, I have cast on two socks on size one needles. This may take awhile.

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sugar-maple

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Knit Together

Today I met up with other ladies from our city to knit and chat. This is the first time I have done this since I moved into our “new” home 2 years ago. I have needed this and enjoyed meeting fellow yarnaholics. I try to meet up with other knitters/crocheters every place I have moved and if I can’t find any I just make my own by teaching friends, yes I am a yarn pusher.
My hat I worked on…

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Knitting in the dark 2

I actually knit 2 nights in a row without having to tear out my knitting. No major errors found! Now I have no excuse for making mistakes 🙂

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