Monday, September 25, 2006

A Socksy Family

Eli's socks are done! They are very red, and he is very happy with them, and now we all have handknit socks. I feel so homey I can hardlly stand it. You can't hardly even tell that the cuffs are different – I knit the second one with size 1 needles because the first one was a bit loose. I really like the way the yarn knits up: very soft and squishy.

Yarn: Cascade Fixation, slightly more than 1 skein.
Needles: Leg and Instep: Susan Bates DP #3. Cuff #1, heel, sole and toe: Susan Bates DP #2. Cuff #2: Susan Bates DP #1
Pattern: Modified Hot Wheels Socks from trek casts on
(I used the pattern for the legs, except I cast on 48 instead of 56, after MANy false starts, and I went back to my Yankee Knitter pattern for the heel flap and foot.)

I have belatedly realized I need to write down this stuff, after starting to knit the second sock of a pair I'd started over the summer and realizing I didn't remember what pattern it was!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What You Can Make With One Ball of Cascade Fixation (not)

A pair of child's socks ... almost. I am still not entirely believing of this, despite the hard evidence in the form of an unfinished sock and no more yarn. People make adult pairs of Peds with one ball! How could I not get a pair of child's socks? Clearly my knitting must be at fault.

But whatever, another trip to the yarn store was required, and since I will now have an almost entire ball of Fixation left over, I needed something to do with it ...

I think this zebra yarn is kind of funky and will work with red toes. Don't you? Perhaps red cuffs too. Red heels would be especially nice, but wouldn't that require me learning how to do a new kind of heel?

Anyway. I should make my Dad's socks first. This, of course, requires learning my gauge in a whole new kind of sock yarn, which is not QUITE the kind of knitting that lends itself to the tv-watching I must also do. I'm exhausted already.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Koigu Scarf

There she is, in all her glory. I don't know. I don't know how scarves are supposed to wear, so it is hard for me to say how this one does. In retrospect, I think I would not have lengthened it, as part of what I liked about the pattern was its wider-ness. (You can't actually see the shape in these pictures, can you!)

I blocked it, which was a thoroughly frustrating experience, and I'm not at all sure any of it took.

I did love the yarn, and the colors ... I think I would try this again!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Red Sock

Children's socks are a joy because they're SMALL. Of course, they may be less of a joy when the children they go on wear them around with no shoes and ruin them, but that's in the future, we shall not think of it. I am sure the fact that my children can wear handknitted socks and sweaters will completely make up for all the times I have yelled at them and been mean to them.