Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Yarnarian Does Socks and Shawls

Shadows on the snow from the backyard fence.

It looks like we have lots of snow. Nope. Just the tiny bit left, but I noticed how the fence was shadowed on that bit of snow and liked it a lot.

I'm back into knitting socks. I'm not sure if the full mojo is with me, but I'm enjoying what I'm knitting. During the summer I dyed up a skein of Bambi yarn into a self-striping pattern, and never did anything with it. Yesterday I started a sock with it, and I'm very pleased with the results. I've been looking at a number of German sock blogs, and a lot of the knitters make plain Jane socks just to show off the dyeing. So, I'm now doing a 56 stitch sock with a rib of k5, p2. Just enough pull in from the ribbing to fit well, and still not miles of stockinette.

The other project I started is another shawl. This one is in my new Penny yarn, which I really really like! Really like! If you want a lovely, soft-yet-durable sock yarn 75/25, with great yardage (450 yards +), this is your baby. I was in a pastel dyeing mode when I dyed it, and it never sold. I liked it, however, and wanted to do something with it. I tried socks, but the coloring wasn't happy with a 56 stitch repeat. So, I tried this little shawl, and I'm so pleased with it. I'm not going to tell you what the lace part will be like because I like to surprise you, but here is the center portion, and it is easy, peasy with great bang for the tiny extra bit of work involved.

Sunrise/sunset in Morristown, NJ for Sunday, January 10: 7:22/4:50. Did you notice that the days are a bit longer in the afternoon. Spring is on its way. I'm very good at self-delusion.

itsJUSTme-wendy - Let's hope he doesn't have very large feet. The Hubbo's socks took me forever. 3 pairs and then I told him I was done. giggle.

1 comment:

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

I really like the colors in the socks! At Christmas, my daughters boyfriend told me he would like a pair of handknit socks! So I will be starting those soon.


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