Sunday, May 22, 2005

Socks 4

The fourth pair of socks is complete, and the second one of the pair is my best result to date. I'm still using the same pattern, from Sally Melville's Knitting Experience: The Purl Stitch. But I really really really like this yarn - Knit Picks' Sock Landscape. It's very soft and very warm. In fact I have the socks on now, and they're too warm. I'll probably have to put them away until fall, but so far these are my favorites of the four pairs I've made. I wonder how favorite they'll be after I've hand-washed them a few times.

Now I have to make a decision. I bought some more sock yarn in Charlottesville last Monday at the Needle Lady. I got Brown Sheep Wildfoote (75% wool, 25% nylon) in Bluegrass (they don't show that color on their website), and Plymouth Yarn Sockotta (45% cotton, 40% wool, 15% nylon) in color 04 (marled blue, green, brown and gray). And I ordered some more yarn from Knit Picks - a cotton/wool blend for socks, more of the Sock Landscape, and some cotton/modal blend to make a sleeveless top for which I bought the pattern last summer. So my choices are:
  1. Finish the scarf I started after Christmas, and wait for the Knit Picks order to arrive.
  2. Start another pair of socks using the cotton/wool blend I bought in Charlottesville.
  3. Do nothing until the Knit Picks order arrives, then start the sleeveless top, which I might actually wear this summer.
  4. Do nothing until the Knit Picks order arrives, then start another pair of socks using their cotton/wool blend, which I probably won't wear until at least September.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Socks 3

Finished my third pair of socks on Saturday. These were made of elann.com's Sock It To Me Puzzle yarn in color 705 Faded Denim, knit on size 1 needles. The blue color almost exactly matches the jeans I wear most often these days, so I'm very pleased with that. I seem to have made these a big larger than the last 2 pairs. Not sure why, maybe overcompensating for the tight gauge I hit on the previous pair. They still fit OK. It took me a over a month to complete this pair, due to garden busy-ness and other things.

The next sock is already on the needles, and I can't seem to put it down. The yarn is KnitPicks' Sock Landscape in color Yukon, and I'm just about ready to start the heel. This is the first pair of socks I've made using 100% wool yarn; the others were wool and nylon. But this Sock Landscape is very soft. Even though I'm getting about the same stitch gauge (7/in.) as with the wool/nylon blend, this is knitting up into a much loftier, firmer fabric. Haven't checked the row gauge to see how that compares.

Please pardon our dust while we remodel the blog. (we? who's we?) Hope to get this one looking the same as the garden blog by the end of the week.