Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ripple and cable socks

Is there anything more comfortable than a pair of home knit socks?

I finished the Rib and Cable sock from the latest InterweaveKnits the other day. They are knit with "Baby og Hosegarn" in a bright green color. The color representation is more accurate in the first pic. The yarn isn't terribly soft, but I rather like the fabric it creates. It also makes the cables look very pretty, I think. Knitting these socks was the perfect reason to learn how to cable without a cable needle, and Grumperinas most excellent tutorial taught me how to, in just a few minutes. Thanks! About the pattern, I had to change the turning of the heel a bit. I tried, but the yarn overs just didn't work for me. The toe was new for me as well, but it turned out much better than the heel. These socks are wonderful and I will probably knit them again.

Tonight I'm casting on for the Broadripple Socks from Knitty. I was reminded of this pattern when I saw Knit Flix gorgeous socks last week. Gotta love the name of the colorway. I will be knitting mine with some Tobbi baby jacquard I picked up at the LYS last Friday. The yarn is a strange mix of cotton, wool and acrylic, but it seems quite soft, and the colors remind me of summer days.

Monday, August 29, 2005

First times

First post on my blog and my first two hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. Too exciting! I've been wanting to try both blogging and Lorna's Laces since I started reading blogs a year ago. My encounter with Shepard Sock is going to be pleasant I'm sure. This stuff really is soft and mushy. Sadly I can't get it from any LYS in my part of Euro-land. These two hanks I got from Getknitted. I've been visiting Getknitted regularly over the last six months, window shopping, trying to decide which colourway of the Shepard Sock to get or whether to get some Koigu or Cherry Tree Hill instead... so many choices. Finally last Tursday I made up my mind when I saw the Valentine colourway, yum! The package arrived Saturday - very speedy shipping I think - with the newest Vogueknitting. I bought the Vogue because of the cabled patterns, I've been searching for something cabled to knit for a while now and I had hoped that the perfect one would be in the Vogue, but... no. I've also considered Kepler, the latest hot free pattern on the blogs. It is a really beautiful sweater, but I'm looking for something with cables ALL over. More like the Must Have Cardigan, well, except for the v-neck. Wonder if it is difficult to change the v-neck to a round neck?? In the five years I've been knitting I've never changed a pattern that radically, but today is all about first times, perhaps I should take a look at the pattern one more time? Really, how hard could it be?

About my encounter with blogging, well I just don't know. Only time will tell.

That's it... my first post is done, Lorna's Laces await me.