Monday, March 07, 2011

Noro Mittens

Pattern:  Helen's Ambidextrous Mittens (purchased at Amazing Threads).
Yarn:  Noro Kogarashi, colorway #10, 51% silk and 49% wool.
Needles:  US #6 and US #5
Comments:  This is very strange..the lot number on one skein says C and the other originally said B but was written over with a C in felt marker. Does this happen at the factory?????
I started the cuffs with #6 and went to #5 needles on the hand part., as I could not get the proper gauge with this yarn.  The yarn doesn't have much resilience.  It isn't springy, and that is probably due to the high silk content that is in it and also because of the smaller needles. They should be warm, though.
There weren't any knots in this yarn, but did have to remove a bit of the white (I don't particularly like the white specks anyway) in the yarn so that the striping would match up a bit better.  Look for a hat being made with the leftover yarn.  

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Stainless Steel Scarf

Pattern:  Kusha Kusha Scarf
Yarn:  Habu Textiles A-177 Super Fine Merino (brown), Habu Textiles A-20/21 1/20 silk stainless steel (maroon).
Needles:  US 3 - 3.25 mm, US 4 - 3.5 mm, US 6 - 4.0 mm US 8 - 5.0 mm  All bamboo straights.
Comments:  I started out with Addi Turbo needles--too slippery!  Moved to Susan Bates--still too slippery.  Bamboo straights did the trick.  This was a fairly tedious knit, as it's all knit in stockinette stitch; the first half with two yarns and the last half with the smaller needles and just the silk-wrapped stainless yarn.  The fine stainless steel gives the scarf a life of its own in that it can be molded and scrunched to look nicely casual and, above all, unique.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Charlie Brown Socks

No, the dryer isn't small.
 The socks are really big.

 And every time I make a pair for the Judge, it's a labor of love.
I call these his Charlie Brown socks, for obvious reasons.  He actually agreed to the pattern before I started knitting them.  He thinks they have sort of a Native American feel to them.
I like them because the pattern part was not boring.  But the rest?  Very.

Yarn:  Cascade Sock yarn and two other yarns for the red and blue stripes.
Needles:  #1 (2.5mm) dpns.
Pattern:  The sock pattern is my own, but the color work pattern is called Mountain Lake from Vogue Knitting.
Comments:  Cascade makes a lovely sock yarn--so pleasant to knit and it also washes beautifully.  See more information in my Ravelry projects.  Blessings to all of you who knit socks for big guys.