feeling a bit sheepish

the wooly-brained ramblings of a knitter and novice spinner... it may be 'a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'...but it's mine ;-)

Monday, October 16, 2006

on my toes...

apparently the colder weather has me thinking sockage...and this time for ME! (i have more sock yarn than a centipede could use than i'll use in a lifetime, but i've never actually managed to make myself a pair...about time i did!)

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blustery socks in progress

these are destined to be a pair of footies (if i don't run out of yarn eep!)...i'm test-knitting one of susie's new yarns/colorways, "Blustery Day" (scroll down to see the skein or try her etsy shop for another pic)
i'm liking this yarn very much (both the yarn itself and the way the colors are playing out) but it does take a while to make much visible progress (sorry susie!)...2.0 mm (size 0 Addis) needles and 10sts/inch! at least i'm doing both at the same time...no SSS for me thank you! ;-)
the little red spots are my ladybug stitch markers, made 'specially for me :-) by Suann at the shop (she's also made special sets for ovarian and breast cancer awareness, the proceeds of which are being donated to cancer research--pretty sure both types are still available--contact rob if you're interested!)

purple toasty toes in progress

the second pair is being made from the yarn shown in my last post...it's Interlacements' "Toasty Toes" in what i believe is the African Violets colorway...just what i needed to counteract the snowfall that numbed my tootsies! yes the snow melted the next day, but i was already to be committed ;-)
the ever-so-pretty stitch marker is one i picked up yesterday at ThreadBear's vendor show...it was made by Rebecca at Waters Edge Jewelry. i was happy learning she was going to be at the vendor show, as i really like her work--i got some sheepy markers from her last year and oddly enough my flock has increased...good thing they don't eat much! ;-)

purple toasty toes in progress

i'm kind of playing the design/pattern by ear--the instep is 3x1 rib, to be expanded to the entire sock once i'm past the heel (which i think will be short-rowed). this yarn is also very nice to work with, soft and warm...i should be able to wear these with my birks (assuming i finish them before august 2010 lol). being on 3.75mm (size 5 Addis) and 6sts/inch, this is going just a wee bit faster than the other pair...i'll set up the second sock shortly so i can do both of these at once too...just wanted to see how the pattern looked before i started the other.

both sets of socks are being done toe-up (obviously? lol)--and i'm really loving this cast-on! it's simple, it works VERY well, is completely seamless, and by using make-one's versus short-rowing, eliminates the need for wrapping stitches and fretting about holes :-) i have a suspicion this may well end up being my favorite way to begin toe-up socks!

back to knitting...my feets are cold ;-)

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