Monday, March 28, 2005

Socks 2

The second pair of socks was completed last weekend, but I just now uploaded the picture. I've worn and washed and worn them. They survived the first washing, but I think this yarn shrunk just a bit. This pair came out tighter than the first pair to start with, too. I'm sticking with the same pattern from Sally Melville's The Knitting Experience: The Purl Stitch until I can get a consistent product from it. From reading/surfing, I now know that this is a basic sock with a Dutch slipstitch heel.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

THE Poncho

I'm thinking of jumping on the Martha Poncho bandwagon.

Controversy rages. People who like Martha and/or ponchos are going to make one. People who hate Martha are blogging nasty things about it. People who are bored with/never liked ponches, see previous statement. Knitters are all sniffy because it's crocheted and made from cheap acrylic yarn. Crocheters are happy because their craft finally gets some good (sort of) PR. Some people suspect a conspiracy between Martha and Lion Brand yarn. (Martha says it was made from Lion Brand yarn; others say it was made from Bernat Galaxy.)

I had some Lion Brand Homespun left over from my Critter Knitters blanket, so I got out the largest crochet hook I have and started working the pattern from the Lion Brand website. This exercise had 2 purposes:
  1. To see if I could crochet with Homespun. (Yes, but it is awfully hard to see the stitches; may be easier with the larger hook the pattern calls for.)
  2. To see if I liked the pattern enough to continue. (I think it will be fine. I like the Lion Brand one the best of all those that have been posted, Lily Chin's second best.)
So, since Homespun is on sale this week at Michael's, I'll probably go and see if they have any left. Also need to buy a size N hook made from some slippery material. The wooden size L I have isn't slick enough for the yarn.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Socks, The Second Pair

The second pair of socks is progressing more slowly than the first.

The yarn is from the Sock It To Me collection at elann.com. I bought 2 different colors from them - one deep and rich and non-patterned (Northern Forest), and the other more pastel and self-patterning (Faded Denim). I was correct in thinking that deep rich color would be uplifting to look at during the last days of winter. And by the first day of spring, they'll be finished and I can go on to something more springlike.

Now let me tell you what's wrong with them. Notice the color pooling around the ankle and instep? Notice how it isn't that way at the top of the sock? This is my fault entirely. I must have gotten a little tense working toward the ankle, because I managed to change my gauge from 7 stitches/inch at the top to 8 st/in by the time I reached the ankle. I thought they felt tight when I tried them on. By changing the gauge that much, they went from a circumference of around 7 inches to one of about 6 inches. Now I have fairly small feet, but not that small. I should have realized what I was doing when I saw the color starting to pool like that, but I just kept on, and then checked the gauge after I was halfway down the foot. Well, now I'm debating whether I should try to make the second one like the first (so they match), or keep the gauge consistent (so it fits). The first one isn't so tight that I can't wear it, but I'd like a little more wiggle room there. Check back in a week or so, and we'll see how it all turned out.