Saturday, February 10, 2007

Socks with self-striping yarn

Yarn: Fjord-Look (100 g = 420m, 75% wool, 25% Nylon, color 716, Made in Italy)

Pattern: Six-stitch, top-down, with Slipped Stitch Rib, from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

Needle: Clover Takumi bamboo size 3 circulars, 40cm & 60cm

Thanks to Fyberduck and, and this tutorial, I learned how to knit 2 socks on 2 circulars. I LOVE knitting socks this way. It is very nice to have both socks done at the same time!

Since this was my first project with self-striping yarn, I knit a swatch to see how the striping came about, then used the ball-winder that came in this ridiculous box. This Japanese company, Royal, must have such a dominating market share that they don't bother shooting a new picture for the box.

After the swatch, I had 2 balls of yarn, 42 grams each.

The 6-stitch pattern was easy, and since these were for Cutie's little feet, I was done in no time!

There was still a lot of yarn left, so I have started another pair. The toe-up, 5-stitch version will be coming soon!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The power of knitting blogs

Time flies and it’s already the second month of 2007. I hadn’t been checking the Red Scarf Project 2007 blog for a while, but realized the OFA must be busy getting the care packages ready for St. Valentine’s Day, and clicked to see what was going on at the knit along site. It turns out they got more than 7,000 scarves, way more than their goal of 2,500! It’s so nice to know there will be thousands of foster kids getting a hand-knit scarf on Valentine’s Day.
There was an article in a New Hampshire newspaper:

“hand-knitted scarves from all across the country and from as far away as Australia, Japan, and Turkey.” --- wow, I guess this means my scarf got there on time!