October 30, 2005
Portable knitting required
A long weekend in New Hampshire’s White Mountains screams of knitting (even though technically every minute of every day I was there was filled up with various activities).
But what to bring? Curlicue is in time-out (more about that later), and my secret sewing project is just as huge and unwieldy.
Many people use this superwash blend (60% wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon) for socks, but I was warned in advance by Black Olive Paula, Smart Cookie Extraordinaire, to pay attention to the yarn’s lack of elasticity when choosing an appropriate pattern – that’s what a 40% mohair/nylon content will do for you.
A ribbed sock immediately comes to mind – it will have enough stored elasticity to slide over the foot easily and maintain its shape after wear.
And also in the last. And the ones between.
Furthermore, one specific pattern sticks out in my mind – the Sockapal-2-za socks Carolyn knit for her pal. The pattern is Broken Cable Rib Socks from Interweave Knits WebKnits, and I think it’s just precious.
Seems like the perfect kind of thing for this hank of yarn!
crossing cables, and that totally pisses me off.
With only 350 yards in each hank, and my Grandma’s huge feet, I knew I had to separate the yarn into two equally-sized balls and work from the toe up. And so I did! I am using the same toe-up resources as for my Candy footlets, and here’s what I’ve got so far:
Since I’m allergic to mohair, I can’t really wear and photograph the sock on my bare feets – keeps the socks clean, at least ;).
I am very happy with how the sock’s fit is coming out. I think I chose just the right number of stitches (74) and just the right needle size (US 1), and I can feel the stored elasticity – a sigh of relief!
than have it come in contact with mohair.
Oh, and you can see that I took some creative liberties with the cables on the instep – the pattern didn’t call for them, but I decided to put them in anyway.
I don’t think so.
I know you’ve noticed the pooling. I must admit that of all the different pooling I’ve seen in my own knitting and in the knitting of others, this is one of the ugliest examples. However, just as with everything else, I have a firm opinion on the subject: if pooling really bothered me, I would not knit with variegated yarns. So, I’m not allowed to complain :) – the result is interesting, how’s that?!?
As for the yarn… I’m still formulating my opinion.
Now, the Curlicue. Your comments were really interesting to me because I think you’re underestimating two things – first, I don’t think you realize how long it will take me to finish those remaining five sections. It’s very easy to say, finish it, block severely, and see how it turns out, but (to be perfectly blunt) you aren’t the one doing the knitting. Second, you’re underestimating the level of perfection that I consider my mundane, average, everyday existence. So, that’s that.
And there’s no doubt that an e-mail with supporting pictures has already been sent to the lovely folks at Oat Couture, although I haven’t received a response yet. Snail mail may be in order.
HOWEVER, the Curlicue story is not over. I think this particular pattern sucks (royally), but I have something else in mind along the same lines that may work much better. But first I need to do a lot of math and a protractor is most definitely required ;).