Monday, June 30, 2008

Well, not so perfect...

The gray yarn is beautiful, but the cushiness of it obliterates the pattern I intended to use. So...I guess I have to go back to my earlier choice.

I did finish my second pair of "Fawkes" socks, that I started months ago...

I used Crystal Palace "Maizy" in colorway "Hot Feet". It is an excellent colorway for this pattern, but I don't think I like the yarn itself...

It is not very springy when knitted up. The ribbing expands, but does not retract when released. I think the yarn has a nice warm feel to it, but the texture causes it to catch on itself, not allowing it to return to its original shape. Only when I stretch it in the opposite direction does it go back, and this makes for baggy ankles, which I DO NOT need. My ankles are baggy enough without socks to make them look more so...

So, I guess I will have to relegate these socks to the "cold winter day, stuck at home" pile, and only wear them when no one is around to see my baggy ankles...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Oooohhhh...


Perfect!
I found this beautiful gray yarn at Big Lots, of all places! For $1.00!
It is just what I had in mind when I designed my "Beyond the Veil" socks. It is a slightly larger gauge than I planned... but this is fixable. Sooo...
When "Hermione's Secret" is finished...
It is Schachenmayr Piazza 40% cotton, 30% acrylic microfiber, and 30% polyamid. It has a very soft cushy feel, and I can imagine nice winter socks...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Socks...

I promised myself that I would knit up my designed Harry Potter socks in book order...but...
The first sock has been giving me fits! Soooo....
I have skipped to the one I like much better...#3 "Hermione's Secret"
The next is...yes, out of order, too...Probably # 4.
Oh, well I guess the best laid plans...yada-yada.
I will post a pic when the socks are done.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yarn...

I love yarn, and I have found a new sock yarn, from Lion Brand, called Sock-Ease. The colors are nice, with candy names like toffee and red hots. I have been designing several new sock patterns, and thought these yarns would be great for these socks.
The patterns have a Harry Potter theme (of course they do), and are named after HP chapter titles. The first is named "The Forbidden Forest". As soon as the socks are done, I will post a pic.
I would like to have someone test knit my patterns for me, so if you would like to do this, leave a note in the comment box. I will not publish the pattern to the blog until I get it tested...even I can make mistakes...

I'm a Ravenclaw!