Monday, February 19, 2018

Warm Wool Socks

Of course, it's going to be in the mid-70s locally this week, now that I have finished my friend's wool socks. But we can depend on winter to return. And, assuming that he likes them (which he won't, if he wears them when it's in the 70s!), I now have the numbers to make him socks-that-fit as often as he likes.

Pattern: mine, toe-up, with several fittings along the way to ensure a good fit (toe width, foot length, heel, leg height)
Yarn: Regia Allround Color (discontinued), taking some care to start both socks at the same point in the color changes so that they would match

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday WIP

I bought a gradient mini-skein set on my trip to Maine last fall. After entering it into my Ravelry stash, I looked to see what other people had done with it, since this was my first gradient mini-skein purchase. Someone else had used the exact same set to make a shawl that I had been admiring for some time, and which was designed by a friend of mine!

This turned out to be excellent road-trip knitting. Before we left, I prepared the yarn (weighing and measuring) and popped it into labeled ziplock bags with a corner cut off for the yarn to feed through. Each pattern segment was easily memorized and worked until the next stop, when I could learn the next segment. Aside from a tragic incident with a bottle of ginger ale in sub-zero weather, which will make washing it before blocking more than usually necessary, it is going really well.

It's very near the end, but I am doing some test-knitting with a deadline, so that comes first (and is going fast). Then I will finish this. Then I will decide which to keep and which to give to NKD, since they are very similar colorways.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Is it weakness of intellect?

I matched some great yarn with the perfect pattern, and achieved a small blanket suitable for covering a baby in a carrier or carseat (since we do not cover babies in their cribs any more). The yarn was part of my retirement present from the office (they know what floats my boat). It was really nice yarn, and I was very happy to discover this pattern. It is in no way the pattern's fault that I kept messing it up and going back to fix things.

Pattern: Melissa Schaschwary's Willow Blanket
Yarn: Swans Island Organic Washable Sport (merino), 2 skeins of a lovely autumnal orange - pastels are for chalk, not babies

One more for the box, although I did just learn that a friend is expecting in May...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday WIP

I have knit up two oversized pairs of wool clogs and a pair of mittens. They look like clown accoutrements, and are not considered finished objects, because they need to be felted down to proper size!

The very best washing machine for this is one I will not see again until August, so if I want warm fingers and toes (and I do!) I'm going to have to attempt this in my washing machine of considerably less power and magnificence.


Meanwhile, an addendum from last time:

That worked out well, I think.