I didn't take more photos because I got all shy when I went into The Yarn Bank on Saturday. It's a great little LYS that even has some spinning supplies in Taylors Falls, MN. Just an hour away from the Twin Cities, it really is in an old bank in the tiny downtown. If you go, don't miss a latte at the awesome Coffee Talk up the street and try to get there before noon on Saturday so you can visit the super-tiny library that is over 100 years old.
Friday, March 07, 2014
When I started my career as a journalist, I got some great advice. Keep a physical file of any notes you get from anyone that say you're doing a good job. It's easier to remember the bad feedback, for yourself. But, when you're not having a day that is full of whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens, you can bring out your file and cheer yourself up.
It's a technique I still use today, although more often than not, I'm printing out emails to put in my file!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
My three-gauge socks fit like a dream and didn't fall down all day! That could have been because it is finally warm enough for me to not wear long underwear! Or, the thinner fabric on top of the socks might be better at keeping socks up. Time will tell when I wear my other socks and see how they perform.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Trekking 6-ply: 427 yards per 150 gram ball
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Heavyweight: 350 yards per 198 gram ball
The Blue Moon Fiber Arts is 100% wool, the Trekking is 25% nylon, which explains some of the difference in weight per yard. The BMFA is also just a tiny bit thicker, but I get the same gauge with both on #3 needles.
So, if it takes me 79 grams of Trekking to make a pair of socks for myself, it should take me:
(427/150)*79 = about 225 yards
Multiply that by (198/350) = > 127.2 grams, or round to 128 grams, of BMFA to make a pair of socks.
I have parts of two skeins of BMFA under the bed. Is it enough?
--Quick check with the scale.--
YES! There are more BMFA socks in my future! Yay!
Monday, March 03, 2014
In our rather small and cluttered apartment (one follows the other, I find), I'm really fighting stash. It would be great if I could knit through some yarn and have less to move when we get a house!
I made a pair of top-down socks with Trekking 6-ply in color #1801 (or, as I put it, a BIT More Pink Than I Thought, But It's Ok.)
When I finished, I weighed the socks - they weighed in at 79 grams - from a 150-gram ball! So, there wasn't quite enough to make a second pair from the same ball.
To the stash under the bed I went! Here's the problem: I don't have a lot of yarn in that weight (although I certainly will get more now that I love in Minnesota!) So, I tried doubling Simply Sock Yarn Solids in Navy and started from the toe on #3 needles.
It made a VERY firm and thick fabric, but it would be pretty tough on the hands in the long term. I need to explore using doubled sock yarn on #4 needles. After the toe, I switched to the rest of my Trekking, weighing the leftover ball until it weighed only about 36 grams.
I then wanted to switch back to the navy yarn - but I couldn't handle the feel of the double-thick yarn on that part of the sock. So, I increased from 50 to 70 stitches (k2, m1, k3, m1) around - and finished the top of the socks!
Dee thinks the deep color change makes it too obvious that I ran out of yarn, but I almost always wear socks with long pants, so who will know except for me?
I feel like I got the best of all worlds. A super-strong toe. Cool colors and a tough-wearing yarn through the body and heel. A thinner, more stretchy sock top for my, um, sturdy calves. We'll see how it wears, but for now I'm thrilled!
I promise I will write the pattern, eventually. I kept good notes on the heel, both top-down and toe-up. A 52-stitch or 48-stitch sock would have been a lot easier to work, but...live and learn!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sorry for the blurry photo - it is still VERY hard to photograph your own feet, I find.
Again, this is lovely Skeinny Dipping Mericash in Girl on Fire. That particular color is out of stock right now, so I feel super-lucky to have it!
The yarn is 20% cashmere and it feels just like butter. I love it!
The pattern isn't written out, but it uses techniques I'm using in my Great Work. I'm chugging along on it, so hopefully you'll be able to knit some of your very own soon.