09/24/2007

AraucanĂ­a Stash Enhancement

Posted in Stash at 6:33 pm by Jennie

I don’t have much progress to report, so I’m just gonna share some stash love. Happy Monday! 🙂

These are some beauties I picked up at my local yarn store (the awesome Hill Country Weavers) a few weeks back when they had a sock yarn/natural fiber sale.

From the information on the card, I believe the yarn can be used as sock yarn, but it’s squishy enough to make other pretties. There’s a great story about how the company was established. I love this part: “Each hank is different; its individual beauty emerges as the artisan blends color in the kettle to create several unique shades.” That sounds so pretty. And it is, there are so many colors mixed in each skein.

Araucania Stash
Brand: AraucanĂ­a – Ranco Multy
75% wool
25% Polyamide
Yardage: +/- 376yd/ 344m
Weight: +/- 100g/ 3.52oz
Reccomendations
Gauge: 24sts = 4inches
Needle size: 3.25mm (US-3)
Instructions say to hand wash. (I’m not a big fan of this )

Araucania - 307Color 307

Araucania - 310 Color 310

Araucania - 303 Color 303

Araucania - 301 Color 301

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09/20/2007

Yay! For Knee Highs!

Posted in Knitting, Socks tagged , at 8:43 pm by Jennie

I’m super happy to report that my knee high Conwys are done. Yippee! Like I said before I’ve been wanting a pair of knee highs ever since I learned how to knit socks. Now why is that? I have no idea. I’m just drawn to them. They’re like a big hug for your legs. LOL. But a las, I had to put the thought of owning knee highs off for a bit seeing as how I was quite a new sock knitter then and was too afraid to start for fear of not understanding how to do any calf shaping. Well, with a few socks under my belt and the addition of Knitting on the Road to my multiply at warp speed knitting book collection, I luckily stumbled onto Conwry. The pattern looked simple enough. I knew how to knit, purl, yarn over, and the recent addition of knitting through the back loop. I saw that the pattern had some shaping to it and it just made me think, hmmm, maybe I can try to do some simple modifications and actually get the knee highs I’ve been dreaming about.

As I’m looking at the pattern to talk about the modifications, I’m slightly confused because my socks shouldn’t have turned out okay. Hmmm quite perplexing. And this is why…the pattern called for Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, I used Dream in Color Smooshy. The DIC smooshy is a bit thicker than LLs. The pattern’s gauge called for 7.5spi, mine was about 8spi, eh not too big of a deal here. But I have chubby calves being the short lil’ gal that I am so how in the world did this make sense? Conwy is not a knee high patter but I just used the pattern as if it was. I cast on exactly as the pattern called for; 72 stitches. I should have cast on about somewhere in the 80-90 stitches since my calves measure about 14 inches, epp. It looks like I may have a gauge problem and just have no idea what in the world I’m doing. I’m just gonna be grateful for the magic of socks and that the sock fairies love me; magically allowing the socks to fit.

Anywho on to the mods. I only had 2 because the pattern is just perfect because we all know Nancy Bush is a genius! For the calf shaping I added 4 more rows before each decrease which is pretty much adding another patter repeat. And I did my usual toe decrease instead of the one called for in the book. I didn’t like the idea of having a hole at the tip of my toe, is it a star toe?

Can I just say that taking pics of yourself is really hard to do. I really wanted to show these socks off in their natural habitat but gosh it was crazy hard especially in Texas heat. The color of the socks taken on the feet is really wrong and isn’t how it looks in real life. I think the best representation of the colorway is the pic of them on the blockers. Enjoy my silliness. And I really am sorry about the non-quality of sharper pics.

Knee High Conwy Knee High Conwy -  Side Knee High Conwy - 1 Back of Conwy Conwy up-close

Pattern: Conwy from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy
Colorway: Ruby River
Size: 4oz/450yards
Start: 9/6/07
Finished: 9/20/07
Needle: 32” Knit Picks circ
CO: 72sts then decreased to 60sts
Total Leg Length: ~14 inches
Total Foot Length: ~8 inches

Here’s what I had left. This is really not the norm since I always have soooooo much left over sock yarn. But I’m happy to report that I use this stuff just about up.

What was left

Have a fantastic Friday and an ever better weekend!

09/19/2007

Knitting Soothes the Soul

Posted in Random Me at 12:19 am by Jennie

As I sit here listening to an audio book and am methodically knitting away I come to realize that this process, this…feeling of calmness just overcomes me. Read the rest of this entry »

09/16/2007

WOW!

Posted in Contests, Knitting, Socks tagged at 1:52 am by Jennie

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by and guessed. This has been such a fantastic turn out. 9 guessed the correct book and 3 of ya’ll picked the correct pattern. That’s amazing! Trying to be fair, since the contest was to guess the correct book I was working with and picking the correct pattern was just for extra goodies, I put all 9 names into a random drawing. The name that came up was… Elizabeth of Trailing yarn.

Ahh so what’s the correct answer? I’m working on Conwy from Knitting on the Road. Instead of just regular socks, I’ve been wanting some knee highs so that’s what they’re gonna be. And the great part about the pattern is that I hardly had to make any mods. The shaping that is already part of the pattern works well for my pudgy calves. LOL I’m using the Dream in Color Smooshy yarn in the Ruby River colorway. This sock yarn is fantastic to work with. Just love it! I’ll try to have a more in depth post when I complete the the pair.

Knee High Conwry

Thanks again everyone!

09/10/2007

Time for another contest!

Posted in Contests, Socks tagged at 8:19 pm by Jennie

Gosh, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a contest. Well here’s another one. It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is guess which book I’m currently working with. And to make it even easier, here are your choices…

Books

1. Knitting Vintage Socks
2. Sensational Knitted Socks
3. Knitting on the Road
4. Favorite Socks

And the prizes this time…

Prizes

  1. Yarn Pirate – Primrose
  2. Cherry Tree Hill Supersock – Northern Lights
  3. Koigu – P132
  4. Fleece Artist – Raspberry

Just to be more random, if you can guess which pattern I’m using, you can pick two prizes.

Let’s have this contest end on Saturday night (9/15/07) 11:59pm central time. I should have the sock for show and tell by then. Good luck and I hope ya’ll have fun!

09/06/2007

Going Vintage…

Posted in Knitting, Socks tagged at 3:07 pm by Jennie

Madelinetosh Vintage Apron sock yarn, hmm… This yarn was quite interesting to work with. I had tried a few patterns with it, I think I ended up ripping it atleast 4 times and this stuff held up quite well. But it eventually settled on Cookie A’s BFF socks (I normally would like but the site doesn’t seem to be working). My gauge was so off with this yarn. It’s fluffy but when you start knitting with it the yarn would thin out quite a bit, but once knit, it fluffed back up, lol, if that makes any sense. Maybe that’s why it ended up being a nice stretchy fabric. Kinda reminded me of the weird stretchiness of Lorna’s Laces. Once done and on the feet, oh my, it’s soooo nice and toasty. Me likie. 🙂

BFF Socks BFF Socks

Pattern: Cookie A.’s BFF socks
Yarn: Madelinetosh
Colorway: Vintage Apron
Start: 8/29/07
Finished: 9/5/07
Needle: 32” Knit Picks circ
CO: 56sts
Heel Flap: Eye of Partridge
Total Foot Length: ~8 inches

There was a lot of yarn left. Probably enough for me to make a pair of footies. heheh

09/05/2007

More Monkey Love

Posted in Knitting, Presents, Socks at 7:10 am by Jennie

Another great swap comes to an end. I received my socks from my Knitty Board Sock Swap Pal. I get another fantastic pair of Monkeys. Yippee! I really like the colorway. It turns out to be a potluck from CTH so there really isn’t a name, but its great. I love pooling. And look at all the fantastic goodies. Thanks so much Kris!

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