So i figured out why i spend so much money on yarn.
Beacuse i love th egood stuff. i know this may not be a huge surprise to some people but i have discovered Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk. I am hooked. And not with a crochet hook.
It all started when i purchased a few skeins for my best knitting lady, Mary, or as all of Long Island knows her, Maeh. It was deep berry purple and soft as anything that i had ever felt. 66yards though? Come on Debbie, help a brother out.
Instead o got more skeins. I figured she could whip it into a fabulous capelet or something. That she did. She bought more to finish it but when i look at it, i want to cry. The drape of the fabric is out of control and the lace stitch she created was flawless. Closures? Yes there little hooye eye type victorian clasps. i know you all want to see this. So maybe a photo can come soon. But serisouly, i am now addicted to Debnie's alpaca silk.
It's called On-line Supersocke 100, (www.online-garne.de), with a 45% cotton, 40% virgin wool, and 15% polyamid content, the yarn feels really great when knitted into socks. I used a size 2 bamboo needle for the stocking stitch portion of the sock, and a size 1 bamboo needle for the ribs.
The sock is soft, cool, and feels great...very different from the feel of the superwash wool I usually use for socks, and even feels better than the acrylic yarns I've used for socks.
On the size 2 needles it knits at 7 1/2 st/1".
I hated this yarn at first, and have found that the rib really needs to be knitted on smaller needles over the stocking stitch (something I don't usually do with socks), and once I made this minor adjustment, I've come to love this yarn.
Has anyone here ever participated in the Sock Wars?
I'm tempted as I've done socks before but I'm nervous about getting a pattern that could get me "killed". I have good reason to fear this. The last pair of socks I made involved a pattern where it took me six (6) attempts to start the first one (the 6th attempt being one of my knitting teachers). I started the second successfully by myself. I can see myself getting something with 3 or 4 colors or a toe-up construction, which I've never done.
Luv 'n' Stuff, Bob in Fort Lauderdale, where the boys are...but they don't knit...poor things
So I have been wanting to make this really cute ear flap hat...I get it, perhaps a little to ambitious for my firstknitting in the round project! But I have now trashed two tries for coming out twisted...and the third is twisted yet again. I would hate to have to abort this attempt as well! I decided (perhaps later that I should have) to come to the source of all wisdom and see if there was anything that could be done...? Can I salvage this twisted hat?
...at least I have a half finished scarf to dejectedly work on.
Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.
One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.
The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.
The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.
OK. One more for the gallery. This one finished last month. Violets by the River, pattern by Hazel Carter, purchased online at Blackberry Ridge. Knitted with KnitPicks' Shadow. The yarn worked out really well. This is a smallish shawl and is recommended for a beginning lace knitter like me. I had a lot of help from my friend Ted, who also modified the pattern a little.
This is fun..
Since I have been overcome by my knitting passion I had began to have issues of where to put my projects and how to transport them to various places that I can sit and knit. (Every friggin spare moment that I have.)
Last holiday, my partner gave me a soft tool bag by "Craftsman" and it came with a small bag inside the larger bag. I was rushing around trying to find a bag and I happened to grab the tool bag by accident.
All I have to say is it worked out to my advantage. It s great bag to through a knitting book in alone with the appropriate tools for the project and away I go.
Here is my latest project. These were felted last Saturday and took until today (Monday here in Oz) to dry. The brown ones have turned out the better pair and the grey ones will have to have another turn at the felting process. They were inadvertently left in the washer for a full cycle including cold rinses and fast spin as we had some visitors drop in and I promptly forgot them. The full cycle seems to have no adverse effects. Anyone else done this????
They are very comfy and are great to walk in but just a bit slippery on our polished floors.
Fabulous Fiber Fest 2006 Bead & Fiber Show
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium