Thursday, August 31, 2006

Yarn/Needle Order is Here!

When I began sock knitting 2 1/2 pairs ago, I had no small needles. I bought some Addi 3 circulars at the only place within many miles that approximates being an LYS. I have since added a set of Addi 2s. After reading posts on forums, I decided to add sizes in the Knitpicks needles. They came yesterday. Now I have 1s and 0s, and I have some 32" needles to try magic loop as well. (I know that's shorter than recommended, but several people had written that they were using that length.) I also have been petting yarn--the Essentials tweed in Plum and Flint.

When I was in upper elementary school in about 1960 or so, grey wool stitched down box-pleated skirts were the style. My mother was an excellent seamstress, and we found some grey wool that was absolutely gorgeous. It was the grey flannel that everyone had, but there were occasional tiny flecks of all different colors. I had some twinsets in some of those different colors, and the skirt became my favorite garment. I walked home for lunch one day, and my Uncle Glenn, one of my favorite people, was here visiting. On my way back to school, I was attacked by a large dog, who came running out of an open garage and grabbed my skirt in his teeth. I used the classic female response--I hit him with my purse and ran like crazy. Fortunately, he did not chase me. My beautiful skirt, however, was ripped all the way down a side pleat. I was heartbroken. My mother got me in a new outfit, and Uncle Glenn drove me back to school. I mourned the loss of my skirt all afternoon. After school, however, I discovered that Mother had not only taken care of things with the dog's owner, but she had also used a scrap of the wool to remove and replace an entire box pleat, hiding the seam inside the inner pleat crease. Thanks to her hard work and a generous hem, I was able to wear the skirt the next year as well. The Flint sock yarn reminds me of that skirt. I know I'll think about that day and my mother's love whenever I wear those socks.

Now if I could only stay home and knit it today!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wannabe a Project

These two pictures are of an antique baby bib from the late 1940s. The thread seems to be a silk or rayon; it drapes beautifully and is somewhat shiny. The bib is the small kind that you use to keep babies from drooling on their Sunday best. I would like to make a couple of these for some expected grandbabies, but I don't know where to find this kind of thread or exactly what stitches are used. I'm sure there must be experts out there somewhere.

I also have done a reverse redwork Sunbonnet Sue on the back of a quilting cotton jacket dress for an expected grandniece. The design is adapted from an online quilting pattern from Ladies in Red.

My second pair of socks is finished! They are knitted in the Lumberjack colorway from Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I used #3s on them, too. However, this yarn was much heavier and stiffer to work with than my first pair. I was a little worried until I soaked them in Eucalan and blocked them. Now they are nice and soft, but thicker than the first pair of socks. Since I will be wearing these with athletic shoes on Fridays, they should be just right. The tiny bit of yarn you see in the upper corner is a ball of Regia. I have cast on for another pair of socks (How addictive is this?) using #2s this time.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I Wore Them!

I wore my first pair of socks with my tennies on a trip to a nearby town all day. They were really comfy. However, they did seem to stretch a little bit. I would have liked them better if they had remained a little snugger. I am going to knit the next pair using the same stitch count, but use #2 needles instead of #3. Perhaps that will have the desired effect of making the fabric not quite so stretchy.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

My First Socks

These are my first socks, a basic sock pattern knitted on circular #3 Addis from Austermann Step yarn. They fit like a dream! I had never had the courage to try socks because I have very short fingers, and I was apprehensive about trying the dp needles. Then I read Debbie Macomber's novel, "A Good Yarn."

I have already started a second pair in the school colors of the school where I teach. I will wear them on pep rally days. High School football is a big event in Texas.