I wanted a different type of sock pattern on the needles for my final cast on, and these socks fit the bill. I like working the lace but there’s enough rhythm to the pattern that I don’t have to check the chart much.
It’s a big repeat – 28 rounds – so what you see here is just one full repeat. I love those types of patterns; it makes the knitting go by quickly. Really quickly. And the pattern is one of those that needs some blocking to relax – right now it has a bit of an egg crate look to it.
The yarn – Brown Sheep Wildfoote - was bought on our honeymoon a few years ago. I discovered it in my sock yarn bin and realized I had never added it to Ravelry. This is my first time using this yarn and so far I’m not loving it. It’s splitty and I have to fight with it a bit when doing decreases. For now, I think I’d stick with Trekking or Regia for solid-colored, machine-made yarns because both of them have a tighter twist.
For now I’m sticking with this though. Famous last words, right?
I knew I wanted to use my Fiber Optics Paint Box but I wasn’t sure for what. I tried several shawls – Now In A Minute, Lintilla and Baktus – but none were right for just 450 yards.
I had 2 requirements – garter stitch (I love how it looks with a gradient yarn), and a sunburst shape. I couldn’t find anything that fit so I made something up. I’m still not sure what I want to do with the edge but I have a ways to go. The pic above shows 3 of the 15 colors in the paint box.
All those mini skeins do have a downfall though – lots of ball winding. Cute little mini balls.
But it doesn’t mean lots of weaving in of ends! Enter the Double Knot – or Magic Knot. I found this on the Fiber Optics blog and it really does work! I’ve woven in exactly zero ends so far. Can you spot the knots? I can’t. Watch the video. I can’t believe I’d never heard of this technique before.
After yesterday’s sock, I knew I needed a simple, grab-and-go sock on the needles. This yarn has been singing at me ever since I got it last month. They’re my colors (look – they almost match the blog) and I love the easy care of Regia.
I’m doing my typical toe-up with Wendy’s slip stitch heel on a ChiaoGoo 2.25 circ.
One thing I did do differently this time – I took a pic of the yarn just before casting on so I would know where the yarn was in the color progression. I’d like to match the two socks. I’ve used my phone a lot for taking pattern notes but never a pic – I prefer the crisper look from my camera. But this came in handy so I could cast on at the bar and not fret about how to match up sock two.
Easy sock knitting, hanging out at the bar (gotta make the most of a 57 degree day at the shore). A perfect vacation day.
For today’s project, I went decidedly different and chose the Tara socks by Janneke Maat. The twisted stitches and cables were a perfect fit for the BitsyKnits Sock82me yarn that I got at Rhinebeck 2012.
The yarn is great for cables – 8 plies make it a beautiful, round yarn and give it wonderful stitch definition. Look at how those twisted stitches pop!
I do have one issue though – the yarn seems over-plied. Look at those twists in the pic. Every few rounds I have to hold the ball up and let the sock dangle so it untwists. I’m not sure if all Sock82me yarn is that way or just this particular hank that I got.
The other challenge with this project is the color. I often bring a sock with me to the bar and I can’t do that with this yarn – it’s just too dark. So I fear it may take me longer to knit than typical. My goal is to have these socks – and all Rhinebeck 2012 yarn – done before this year’s Rhinebeck. It’s so great to walk around the fairgrounds knowing that I used everything I bought last year. And yes, it does free me up to buy more. The circle of (knitting) life.
I had to start Cast On Mania with my favorite purchase from Maryland Sheep & Wool – my magenta Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic Fingering.
As predicted, I started Varjo in this yarn. I started Varjo a couple months ago in a different yarn. I frogged it because the yarn – although it was a hand dyed – didn’t show any variation in the garter stitch. As you can see, that isn’t a problem with this new yarn!
I do have one problem though – I’m using extra-sharp ChiaoGoo needles and they’re splitting the lightly spun single. I’m going to try to find an Addi Turbo – or as grumperina calls them, Blunti Stumpos. This may be just the project for their blunt tips.
I’m almost halfway through the 8 inches of single-color garter before getting to the stripes. These kinds of projects always push me to knit just a bit more because I can’t wait to see the colors playing together.
And given the weather here at the shore this week – yesterday’s high was 59 – I can see all the uses this shawl will have once it’s done.
My next cast on mania project is quite different – the project, the yarn, the stitches. I’m enjoying all the changes from day to day.
With all the yarn buying around these parts lately combined with this year’s vacation – I’ve decided to do another Cast On Mania. I have the yarn, I’m chomping at the bit to cast on all the things and oh yeah – it’s my vacation and I want to. (dangling participle be damned)
I’ve bought enough yarn for at least 10 projects recently and I have most of my 2012 Rhinebeck yarn in the stash too. There’s no shortage of possibilities. Here are a few. And yes I did pack all that yarn and bring it to the hotel. Full disclosure – this is only half of what I brought. Gotta love car trips – no worries about baggage or weight limits.
Don’t look at me that way. You do it too.
I’ve already started a couple of the projects and I’ll be back tomorrow to share my first one. I’m such a tease.
Oh and if you’re reading this in your blog reader, click on the post to stop by the site. The old blog got a little facelift this past week. Let me know if you see anything funky.