Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Socks for Me!

You may remember me posting about these often quite some time ago. These are the very first socks I ever started knitting but the third pair I've finished. I put them down for a looooong time and knit a gift pair and a Sockapalooza pair in the interim. This week I got sick of looking at them sitting in my knitting basket and decided to finish them. I can't wear them until fall, but it's good to have them done anyway. Can't wait to wear them!

I think I did a pretty good job of matching up the stripes--until I got to the toe on the final sock. I ran out of yarn and had to join the little piece that I wound off searching for the right spot in the color repeat to start the second sock. So the second sock has a weird brown and blue toe:

I ended up having only five yards left! Look what a tiny ball five yards makes:

So if you have feet larger than about a women's size 8 or 8 1/2, you might want to steer clear of Magic Stripes.
Knitterly details:
Pattern: Silver's Sock Class--basic sock on four DPNs
Yarn: Lion Brand Magic Stripes, denim stripe
Needles: US size 1 DPNs
Mods: used size 1 needles instead of size 2s as called for in the tutorial (I did knit one sock on size 2s, and it turned out much to big for me.)
And since I have such a bingey personality, I couldn't resist casting on for a new sock. (It's a basic Silver's Sock Class sock in Magic Stripes again--I got two skeins at bargain basement price, so I may as well practice on it.) It feels really good to have a different project inhabiting my sock sack.


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Jolly Green Giant

T's nighttime soakers from last summer are a tad short in the rise for his now truly gigantic overnight diapers. So . . . what's a mama to do but knit up some new nighttime woolies? (It seems huge after the newborn size stuff I've been working on. LOL.)

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Bulky, emerald
Needles: US size 5 and 7 (and 6 for the flat knit portion of the body, since my tension is looser for flat knitting than knitting in the round)
Mods: Bulky instead of worsted weight yarn (and needle sizes to work with yarn weight). (I knit a size down to get correct sizing for T with the bulky yarn.)
T is showing the very beginnings of interest in potty learning (yay!), so I'm hoping I won't need to knit all new woolies for him for next winter. Not that I don't love having stuff to knit, but some non-diapering stuff would be fun! *fingers crossed*

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