Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cloche Knit Friends

The Jericho Fiber Arts Guild met at Purl's this month, and we worked on our felted cloche hats. I had one ready to felt, so Purl ran it through two cycles on her washer. The felted rose is from "Knit It Felt It" and was knitted and felted separately from the hat. Felting hats is fun, wearing them is even better!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mon Chapeau de Fleur

After a long break another felting project came along. The pattern is turiknits' "Cloche a la mode." This is the hat after knitting and before felting. After felting in the washer for 24 minutes , the hat did shrink down to fit my head. The pattern calls for two skeins of yarn and I used less than one. One has to wonder there.

I added the flower that Purl gave to me sometime ago. It's perfect! I think I might turn a few heads when I wear this.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finished Socks

Knitting socks with hand dyed yarn is as compelling as reading a great mystery novel. You just don't know exactly how they will turn out in the end. I'm thrilled with my new socks and will be looking for clothes to go with them. Sock knitters will understand planning your wardrobe with socks as the focal point. It is interesting to note that the teal and purple socks came out somewhat smaller than the other pair. The yarn and pattern is the same , but the time in the dye bath was slightly different. The purple and teal yarn was in the dye bath for a slightly longer period of time and I guess had slightly more shrinkage. It should all work out in the wash.

The funny threads are marking every 5 rows so my socks turn out the same without using a tally or a row counter.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yarn To Dye For

It's been a busy summer. Not a whole lot has been going on knitting wise. Catnip drying and mouse knitting of course, but nothing exciting enough to post .That is until I got a chance to go to Shadeyside Farms and acid dye some sock yarn. It was messy and fun. We laid the skeins out on a plastic covered table and used livestock syringes to space dye the yarn. After that we wrapped the skeins in plastic to preserve the color separation and heated it to set the color. When the skeins cooled , they were brought home, rinsed, washed and dried. I'm working on the purple and turquoise socks now. It's hard to put them down.It's just like reading a good mystery. I can't wait to see how they turn out. There will be no matched pair this time. These skeins were randomly dyed. I can't wait to see how they will turn out. It won't be long!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Back and Blogging

A close knit friend is someone who teaches you how to knit socks on DPNs. Now I’m totally hooked on socks and want to blog about it. On the left is a pic of my very first sock. It is knit using Plymouth Sockotta and I get comments whenever I wear them.
Socks are wonderful for instant gratification. Unlike sweaters, you can actually complete a pair in a couple of weeks (less if you keep at it). For my first pair, I used a very user friendly sock instruction pattern I found in a group on Ravelry. With Becky’s help and these instructions, my first pair was relatively painless. Of course, I felt like Alice in Wonderland trying to play croquet with a flamingo and a hedge-hog as I wrangled the DPNs but by the end of the pair, I had worked out a system.

For my first socks I started with Knit Picks 6” size 2 nickel plated. They worked fine for the Sockotta but when I cast on a merino/nylon blend, I had trouble keeping the needles from falling out of the stitches. I switched to 4” harmony woods and just love them.
My second pair turned into a single sock which I used as a sampler. I was trying to find a stitch pattern to use and just kept knitting at the sock until I found one I liked. I also wanted to try toe-ups because I really don’t like the way I bind off in Kitchener. The top picture is my sampler sock.

I have just cast on my second pair of socks, but more of that at another time.
It’s good to be back.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Finally Felted

I know I took a long time to felt these slippers. In fact the lighter colored pair has already been given as a gift. Since the other pair is mine it was still available for a picture. I've been wearing them and they are cozy. Another pair is in the works, but catnip mice orders have started already, and I'm just starting to get the catnip dried. The Stone Wall Garden does keep me busy, but I still knit almost every night as soon as I sit down. Those two knitting projects should keep me occupied until some great looking sock yarn grabs me and forces me to make another pair of socks.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Coming Full Circle

My felting all started with slippers. Now I find myself with cold feet and worn out slippers so I'm at it again. The pattern is from Knitty, Fuzzyfeet. Actually it's really a big sock and quite a good pattern for a beginning sock knitter. Picking up stitches along the heel with the correct number of slipped stitches makes the trickest part of socks easy. The heel turn is easy if you just follow the directions. Felting at the end covers up any boo boos . I have one more to slipper to finish and I will felt them all together. You'll see!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Latest Socks

I guess I'm a sock person. I can't remember how many pairs I have made. Worse than that I have been known to stand in my closet with new socks on my feet and use them to decide what to wear. Sometimes I take them shopping. I will miss my wool socks when the weather warms. Socks and sandals have never been my thing, but the socks will show off so well. Right now they hide in my boots so why worry if they match anyway.

These socks are knit from Knit Picks Dancing. The yarn was a gift from Purl. All of my friends and family know that sock yarn is a great gift for me. It makes me happy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Finally I Picked Up Purl

We went to our monthly knitting meeting together.Things have been cold between us lately. My snow filled and icy driveway is the culprit. It's been so long since we've seen each other that she just gave me my Christmas present, some nice sock yarn that is now on the needles and will be posted soon. Purl has been spinning . Think yarn not bicycle!

I have been working on chemo caps using a pattern I got on the Lion brand free pattern site. It's made with fun fur and sport weight yarn knitted together on size 13 needles. They are such fun to make, so cute and for such a great cause. I'll be making them at least until my fun fur is gone.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

No More Jitterbug!

These is probably my last pair of socks made with Jitterbug yarn. This time around , I got one of those skeins that had breaks in the yarn. When wound from the skein, I had at least six balls of yarn ranging from medium to tiny to work with. If it had been a recent purchase, I would have returned it. Since the yarn was purchased over a year ago, that train has left the station.

I do have to say I get more compliments on socks made with this yarn than I do any others,but if you buy this yarn, look for extra ends in the skein. If you see any, no matter how beautiful the colors, put it back and move on. Washing by hand and drying flat is definitely worth the trouble with this yarn. I know it says you can machine wash. It's a mistake.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Christmas Socks

I finished my the socks from my Christmas yarn. It's a good thing too. Wool socks are a real comfort when the weather takes an Arctic turn like it has. They are warm, but it's the hand dyed color that I love. Pink and purple are my favorites.