Friday, June 29, 2007

Philosophy of Sock Knitting

I made my first pair of real, turn the heel, socks in 1972. Red worsted acrylic, one is still in existence. It will last till the Apocalypse because my husband only wore them about once. VERY STURDY sock. I should keep it in the trunk in case we need traction on ice. Started again when self striping yarn showed up here. Tried fancy patterns and settled into plain on Addi 0's because I liked the fabric. One short row heel that wore through fast, then all heel flap. Now some of them are in need of darning. I did a few pair for Moose (DH) and put the rest in bags. Cause I would rather - almost- knit a new sock than darn. Since his are size 12 I forced myself. It's all going to be afterthought heel now. It will take about the same amount of time to reknit and be less painful. The down side is that the 3 needle bind-off isn't nice in that area so I have to Kitchener. The only directions that I've been able to follow with minimal trouble have been in Charlene Schurch's Knitting Marvelous Mittens, when I could find it under the piles of sock yarn. So I'm now using the waste yarn chimney method. Bonus: no idea why this happens but most of the time there are no ears.

Lately I've tried using my handspun. I've mostly been using Addi 1's and getting a gauge of 8 st = 1". But the row gauge is different every time which necessitates fiddling the heel decreases. This is the seminal pair, in Twist and Shout, from CMF. One flap, one not. Not a useful pic of the heel. But it is visible in the previous post. The feet look really fat in this pic but they aren't. Just a side effect of being knit on 1's. They fit well and don't slide around. If I could upload my own pictures and not wait around for Moose, I'd take a better one. But this shows the beautiful color variations of the yarn.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Have to start sometime

After many years of agonizing about a title and reading helps, I still have no clue about how to do this. Finally guilted my SIL into setting this up. Then she abandoned me, with 2 pictures posted. The pictures are of a huge batt, from ebay seller WinderwoodFarms. It was supposedly 8 oz but lasted forever and there are 500 yards of 2ply sport weight. Mixed fiber and lots of glitz that doesn't show up well BECAUSE: I can't figure out how to get Supermacro on my camera. Chats with tech support have yielded non-applicable page numbers for the manual. My last email of "Just tell me which button to push - 3rd request" remains unanswered. My teenage son has been less than helpful although he has had no trouble figuring out how to work the big tv.

Hopefully this blog will spur production of fiber related items. There's a moderate amount of spinning and less sock making. I spindled for about 5 years but wrist and hand issues forced the purchase of a Lendrum in February. Woolee Winder ordered a month later. Handling wool is difficult with the temps over 90 but I have made 2 pairs of Hedera anklets with part cotton yarn. These, if the picture shows up, are Meilenweit. I used Addi 1's and an afterthought heel. These were going to be for my neighbor Alison but she lied about the size of her foot. Can you imagine if someone offers you handmade socks, concealing the fact of EEEness?