I think I suffer from knitting ADD. I flit from project to project. When I finish something, I decide to start a new project instead of finishing up something from the Lonely Hearts Club. Oh well.
It's Victoria Day weekend, but it's not exactly warm and welcoming out there. It's cold. Good weekend to stay in and knit.
I have lots of arrivals this week -- needles, yarn, a book and a FO and an almost HO.
But first, let me get the non-knitting content out of the way. The thing I love about my iPhone is that I always have a camera with me.
As I was leaving the gym the other day, I was walking toward what appeared to be a two-tone car. I thought it was mostly copper coloured with some sort of wacky blue and purple on the front quarter panel.
But no -- it's paint which changes colour depending on the angle and the light. It's a beautiful blue and pinky-purple. In 1983 I had eyeshadow like this -- it was called Blue Roses. Anyway, I think I'm in love.
Princess (the car geek) tells me it's called chameleon paint. Yep, I am definitely in lurve.
Okay, enough with the non-knitting and onto the fibre.
I think I mentioned that I had ordered the Karbonz from WEBS and then ordered some more from the Loopy Ewe. The Loopy Ewe package arrived last week. (Oh, how I love the feeling of parcels in the mail...).
Sherri has done something new with the Loopy Groupy stuff, so I got a bookmark kit. I had ordered the Karbonz 6" DPNs in 2.0, 2.25 and 2.50 mm sizes.
You can see the tips fairly well. I retract what I said, they're not quite as pointy as the SNA 2.0 mm needles. They're probablly comparable to somethinig like Hiya Hiyas or Chiaogoos. I wouldn't use them for anything requiring k3tog or p3tog. They're okay for ssk and k2tog and they are totally acceptable for stockinette and ribbing.
I like them quite a bit, but they will never eclipse the Signatures.
Speaking of which, Signature is unveiling something new at the end of the month. My guess? Interchangeables. That's what I suspect. Of course, I can't enter the contest because I don't live in the USA. So feel free to use my guess. Interchangeables, interchangeables, interchangeables.
I also ordered 4 skeins of Biscotte & Cie self-striping yarn. It's from Quebec. Believe it or not, I didn't find anything else yarn-wise that I wanted from TLE. I might actually be running a fever.
Two of the skeins are watermelon self-striping. There's a lighter and a darker. I kept going back to Ravelry to check out people's projects, and I liked them both so much I decided to get both of them (melon d'eau A and melon d'eau B). There's a bright sunny vibrant summery one (a moi le coco) and a blue/neutrals one called Loopy's Mountain Hike. I quite like them and am very excited to knit them up.
So those make me pretty happy.
I also ordered Rachel Coopey's Coop Knits Socks. The book is only available from her website, but if you order the print version, you get a coupon code to download it from Ravelry.
I like the socks and I like the fact that she uses real-world models. Many of the socks have cabley / twisty stitches, so I'm going to start with the basic lace ones (Calamint will be first on the needles). I like the fact that she often has the leg and foot with different patterns and then alternates them on the other sock.
You can see what I mean about the fraternal feet. The green pair (whose name escapes me) is an example of that.
Anyway, the book is lovely and the charts are nice. There's a picture gallery index which is always handy. My only complaint is that the paper is a little on the thin side. But since I'll most likely be knitting from PDF or will be transcribing the charts onto graph paper in my knitting book, it's not a big deal.
I have had Mixalot in my Rav cart forever. I finally purchased it, along with When Vampires Knit Socks. I've had my eye on that for a long time, but the 20 pound purchase price put me off. I think it works out to about $32 or $33 for 12 patterns. I realize that's a pretty good deal, but I was mentally resistant to a two-digit price starting with a 2, particularly when there's currency conversion involved. We'll see how I get along. More socks for retirement.
It occurs to me that I have the Knit Girls to thank for that particular purchase. They are the queens of enabling.
Since I last blogged, I have been fairly prolific, but in a one step forward - two steps back kind of way. The reason my Rav name is Amphibiaknitter is because I do so much frogging. (And amphibian knitter kind of blended into amphibiaknitter).
I did almost a complete Semaphore sock using some Blissful Sock in Guinevere from Impulse of Delight. I was almost at the toe decreases when I looked down and realized I had not been paying attention and had repeated rows 1-10 several times rather than doing 1-10 and 11-20. So I frogged it. Then I decided to do a garter stitch rib sock with it for my FIL. I got about half way down the leg and discovered that I did an extra row of plain knit when I should have been doing a patterned row, and it stuck out like a sore thumb. So I have wound the yarn back into a ball and am leaving it for now.
I like the Skyp socks pattern by Adrienne Ku, so I decided to cast on a pair. I thought I'd use some Wollmeise to see how I like knitting with the Twin. I had a skein of Fratello already wound up, so I decided to use that.
The yarn base itself gets two thumbs up. But the colour? I realize this is heresy, but I am not a fan. I don't care for the yarns which do wacky pooling striping flashing stuff. It's one thing if they're variegated in the way that a lot of BMFA is variegated, but when yarn has kind of random globs of colour, it drives me nuts. Don't get me wrong -- I have nothing against either shade of brown in the Fratello. But please, pick one or the other. Even though this is probably classified as a tonal or a semi-tonal, all I can see is uneven stripes which overwhelm what is an otherwise very simple stitch pattern.
This is 2.25 mm needles and a 72-stitch sock. 1x1 rib (which was a mistake -- should have done 2x2).
For comparison purposes, I cast on the same sock in my Woolen Rabbit Harmony in New England Red because I thought that would be a nice yarn to show off the pattern. I am doing 64 stitches on 2.50 mm needles for that one. And I was smart enough to do a 2x2 cuff on it. But not smart enough to take a photo. Duh. Next time.
So I am going to cruise along on the brown Skyp sock after I finish blogging, but that dark striping is really driving me crazy. I've just switched to the Karbonz DPNs. We'll see if that makes me love the sock a little more.
I do occasionally feel guilty enough about my Lonely Hearts to make the second sock. I had started my Crocus Vernus socks more than a year ago, and in fact got the first sock finished in about a week. (That was March 2012). I didn't even start the second sock until September 2012. Then it languished forever. I dug it out recently and decided I had to finish it.
I love the finished product. They're knitted in Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Carpet Ride. I love the Plucky Knitter sock yarns. This was my one and only experience with the Primo Fingering. I have a couple more skeins of it, and I'll for sure be using it again.
Finished the second sock right before blogging today. This is one of those patterns which I actually prefer on the leg to the unblocked version. I often find that stitch patterns end up looking kind of meh on the actual leg, but this one is the reverse. It's even nicer on the leg. I will have to get a photo of them on my actual feet (or possibly on Princess's feet). For now, Lola and the Knit Picks sock blocker will have to do.
The sock is 68 stitches and I used 2.25 mm needles.
I have The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet 2 electronically and am waiting for the paper version.
There are a couple of the hats in there which I think I'd like to make. The Polyommatus corydon is particularly fetching.
I might do the Smerinthus ocellatus sock fairly soon, but I'm not going to use something dull and moth-coloured. I quite like the toe detail. Hunter gives good toe. Or I might do Metopsilus porcellus in something bright and vivid. Delias eucharis is lovely, but that's a lot of twisted cabley stitches. I'll have to learn to cable without a cable needle for that. I just find twisted stitches and cables kind of slow going.
Speaking of slow going, Christine referred me to Tour de Sock on Ravelry. I've joined up. What was I thinking? I don't have time to knit a pair of socks in 10 days. Witness the long delayed Crocus vernis.... And to make it worse, there's some sort of Stealth Stitch group [Sock Sniper] as well which is a companion group, so I signed up for it as well (but the non-combatant category, which I hope means I don't have to be attempting to knit socks at the speed of sound).
The cool thing about Tour de Sock is that the net proceeds all go to Doctors without Borders. And I think the patterns are donated, but I'm not 100% certain. There's a supply list, and I think a couple of the socks are colourwork (yeah, I see myself dropping out right now) and two have beads. One requires 500 size 8/0 beads, and the other requires 50 size 6/0 beads. One of the two is supposed to coordinate with the yarn. I can't remember which one.
[ETA, as I've gone back to get the Rav links for my blog, I re-read the supply list for the Tour de Sock. It's 50 size 8/0 beads, not size 6/0 beads. Great. I'm a moron.]
Living where I do, there's a dearth of most crafty-related things. So I went to Michael's where I know they sell beads. There's a section where they sell quite nice beads in little tubes. Now what size do you think they are? Size 6/0 and size 11/0. Helpful. Size 11/0 is apparently too small.
And there are zero size 8/o beads which are marked as such.
I was in a quandary, so I took a look at the bead sizes. The 6/0 is 4 mm, and the 11/0 were 2.25 mm (or something like that). So I figured that size 8/0 might be 3 mm, so I found some 3 mm beads. That was actually no mean feat. There weren't 500 of anything except for the hematite beads. So I grabbed 5 strands of those (which are pre-strung on fishing line, which is kind of cool). I'll have to go back and see whether the 500 beads are for the matchy matchy one or for the other. I may use the new skein of Dove from Tanis Fiber Arts with those beads. Of course I dropped a couple when transferring them into a container.
I may have completely missed the sizing, and 8/0 beads may be some other size all together. Live and learn I guess.
But while I was there, I picked up some silver and platinum closed jump rings in 4mm and 6mm sizes for stitch markers. I also picked up some of those shepherd's hook earring things to use as locking stitch markers. I thought that was pretty clever, particularly when I went to what passes for a knitting section and saw that there were no locking stitch markers other than in the Jumbo size.
Well, that's all for today, folks. We shall see what the rest of the month brings for knitting. In the meantime, in front of me right this very instant I have a Ripple weave, and the two Skyp socks. And so why am I thinking about casting on for another sock? Well, because I have knitting ADD, of course ...