Friday, April 27, 2007
Thuja Socks by Bobby Ziegler
Free pattern from http://knitty.com
Chasing Rainbows Kona Superwash 100% Merino Wool
22 sts/36 rows = 4" on US #3
I only used approx. 150 yds (so I still have 120 yds left!!!)
I never realized why it is that some people just knit socks. Why just sock? Why not just hats? I mean, some people just knit scarves - because thats all they know so far. Some just knit shawls, ok, I get it, they like doing lace work. But socks??? It can't be just for the instant satisfaction because in the amount of time you finish the first one, you could have a whole hat knit up.
So why socks?? I'll tell you why, but you won't get it until you put a pair ON. I think theere is some kind of non-plastic "shink wrap" in the sock yarn because you put them on and they just mould to your feet like a second skin... a really cozy, warm, soft skin.
I am officially a sock knitter.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
These footies are my own pattern made with Capelli by Mango Moon in Bluebell. I originally bought this yarn because it was inexpensive and the stretch sparked my curiosity. And, I have to admit that the fact that the profits go to helping people in Nepal and Indonesia also pushed the sale. But, after squeezing out 4 whole summer weight footies (I could have doubled the yarn up and made 2 regular weight) out of the 350 yds (30 g) for $3.95 - I did have to go back and get some more hanks for gifts. (I am keeping the superwash for myself!!!!!)
Friday, April 20, 2007
New knitters always need something to carry their accessories that they will inevitably collect. Of course, I had to throw in a few it get him started. Just in case you are wondering... yes, that is a letter opener. Why? you ask? Well, everyone has them and they can be brought on a plane AND, given the size of the cutting opening, they are PERFECT for cutting any size yarn you might be using. The yarn was some scrumptious Prism yarn that I picked up from my favorite "not-so-LYS" - 50% Wool, 42% Rayon and 8% Nylon - enough wool to felt but also so shiny texture throughout. The color was called "Storm" and in the store it was MUCH darker and BLUE - go figure I finally met a guy that knits and I knit him something purple. He loved it anyway, the sweetheart, but the lesson I learned was that I need to start asking for more help choosing colors!! No wonder all my store bought clothes are black, white and brown!!
Unfortunately I haven't finished much else. I have been busy, busy designing and organizing the studio. I feel a productive day coming on but I think Mother Nature has lost track of time because the sky is still falling outside so the pictures may need to wait until the weekend. (for you non-San Diegans, it is raining - something that is rare in any month other than January, February, and on the rare occasion, March. Never in April. The people here look a bit like chickens in a coop if you threw their feed up into the air. - What to do! What to do!!) SO, pictures coming soon - weather permitting.
Enjoy your weekend!