Saturday, May 27, 2006
WHAT A DORK I AM . . .
Just about finished my latest socks - in Regia 5380! Looked right at that ballband when I reported it to be Confetti . . . . guess I have Confetti on the brain!!! But, as I said before, this yarn called out to me & I wanted to knit it up right away. I was finally able to cast on last weekend & what a great pair of patterned socks they turned out to be!!! I ended up picking out a slatey blue from the dark stripe & using it for the toe - the dark rose was just wrong for these socks. I think this is one of my favorite color combinations ever. I made them in a short length to wear for summer - I'm stuck in my orthopedic sneakers again this summer so I might as well have snazzy socks to wear, right???!!! The colors aren't quite true but this is closer than the pic of the ball I posted - one of these days I have to get my digital camera a new cable so I can use it instead of my cell phone camera!!
Meanwhile - I've been spinning on my Arvik fleece and now have 3 big fluffy skeins of yarn in varregated greys. I'm still undecided as to whether I should knit up the Shrug with cuffs from Lion Brand or the Lightening Lace jacket from Just One More Row. I want something light & lacey to keep the drafts off for the summer . . . . my spinning friend Cheri made a shawlette that fits her shoulders to her elbows & ties in front, out of dog hair & wool. It looks like a puff of wind would blow it off but Cheri reports its warm & cozy & just what she needs to spin outdoors after the sun goes down in summer. I keep eyeing that thing & wishing I had one . . . . . . maybe Arvik will become one of those.
I love the drapey fabric that fine yarn & small needles produce but I'd be knitting for a year if I chose that method to make myself a sweater or jacket!! I have to think about how much yarn I need as well as the weight of the yarn in a large garment. As an example, I've been knitting up 10"squares in a dark grey handspun with a fine red mohair in the diagonal dishcloth pattern. My plan is to make a square, Chanel type jacket for winter. I chose to use the squares because I thought it would keep its shape, be easy to do in smaller pieces & I could adjust it somewhat without frogging a lot of knitting. I also thought the squares on the diagonal would make an interesting pattern when put together. Work in progress . . . .