Monday, September 20, 2010

Beige, With Texture

Yarn:  Summer Sox (40% cotton, 40% superwash merino, 20% nylon)
Pattern:  My Simple Textured Socks pattern.
Needles:  #1 (2.25mm) dpns
 Comments:  I love knitting with this yarn, and I love the fabric that this pattern generates.  The yarn's colors are nice; the stitch definition is beautiful.  However, the yardage is skimpy (2 skeins yielded only 350 yards, and I had only a small amount left).

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Red is a Neutral Color

Is red a neutral color?  It's said to raise the pulse rate (see here).  Well, if you see it in print it must be so. Anyway, I like almost all reds but am most enamored of the deepest shades.
Yarn:  Isager Strik Tvinni Tweed (Wool 2), colorway 32
Pattern:  My own
Needles:  #4 (3.5mm)

Comments:  The whole scarf took only one skein.  The yarn bloomed somewhat after washing, but it remained a bit scratchy, so it will have to be worn around the collar of a coat, rather than directly on the neck.  That's okay because that's the way we Minnesotans wear warm, woolly scarves in the Winter.  I said Winter again!

To access the pattern for this scarf, see side panel.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tar Island Socks

Yarns:  MC:  Cascade Heritage, colorway 5601 - Black and CC: Fortissima Socka, colorway 1056 - Gray.
Pattern:  My own pattern.
Needles:  #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments:  These socks were made with bits of yarn that remain from former projects.  The Cascade yarn knits up nicely and makes a soft fabric.
If I made these again, I would add another color for interest, as they are a bit bland.  However, they go with quite a few items in my wardrobe, including those dusty old skates. Uffda! (Norwegian for good grief, or something like that).  Winter is coming, but the best thing about it is wearing hand knit socks!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Leftovers

What to do with those bits and pieces of yarn...that is the question.  'Tis nobler to knit them up than to let them languish, is it not?
I have not done much in the way of color work, and some of my attempts have not turned out the way I had hoped.  Some have not turned out at all, and that brings up a conversation I had the other day with a knitter who was a casual acquaintance.  I was telling her that some of my knitting doesn't always turn out well and I asked her if she didn't have the same experience now and then.  "No," she replied.  I quickly changed the subject.

This is what came out of my needles as I was planning to do striped socks using yarn scraps.  I don't have enough of the lovely gray to do the rest of the sock in, so it will be black.  Due to limited yardage, they will be short.  True, this is more a study in black and gray than color work!

Tell me, what do you do with your leftover yarn?  And please, please tell me that you have knitting projects that don't turn out well!  My bruised ego depends on it.