Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Details on DD's Socks & the Dishcloths

My kids needed to use the computer for their homework last night, so I wasn't able to go into too much detail about the socks or the dishcloths.

These socks were made with my favorite sock yarn, Plymouth's Sockotta Yarn #5616 (45% Cotton, 40% Superwash Wool, 15% Nylon 7 sts = 1"/US2 needle / 414 yds/100g ball)

I used US size 2 (2-Cir) needles for the socks. Well, actually these particular socks were an experiment in the making. Sock #1 was done completely on 2 Cirs. Sock #2 was done on 1-Cir using the "Magic-Loop" method since I had only a total of 48 sts. for DD's socks & my circular needle was only 24" long, which I discovered is too short to work the pick-up sts. for the gusset. So, I worked the cuff & the leg of sock #2 on the Magic Loop, but had to switch back to the 2-Cirs after I was done with the Heel Turn. My DD & I discovered that sock #2 is just a tad tighter than sock #1. From my observations, the sts. of the leg that was on the ML are more even & uniform. I really like the way they look. I guess this means that I'm going to have get me some longer cirs for the ML method.

The ML was of knitting sure is a conversation starter. People sure wonder what the heck you're doing when the see you working on a loop! My mom says that it should be called "butterfly" knitting.

I belong to couple of Yahoo Dishcloth knitting groups & someone mentioned this pattern from Lion Brand Yarns: Free Knitting Pattern
Dish Cloth Lion Brand® Lion Cotton

They also mentioned that they worked the first 2 rows in a solid color & the next 2 rows in a variegated color, but it is a great way to use up those odds & ends of cotton yarn & it's an ideal project that doesn't require a lot of concentration. I like to knit these when I'm on the go, or in the car or watching TV.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

DD's Socks!

I finally finished my 4th pair of socks. Me thinks that DD likes them!

She immediately broke into James Brown's song: I Feel Good...So Good! Kid' gotta love them! Kids socks knit up so fast, too!

Ugly Duckling to Swan Cloths

I been trying to be a good girl and use up some of yarn stash. I had some ugly cotton yarn that was given to me, (the one on the right, I didn't like) & I just didn't want to make anything w/it. Then, I had a brain storm! I used the ugly yarn w/some of my nice leftovers! This is the result.......

I used the varigatied yarn that I didn't like with solid colors of light blue & solid colors of pale yellow.

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)