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  • knitting1105 4:11 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Good Sock, Bad Sock 

    I will start with the bad sock first.

    This should not happen.  I made these for my mother and gave them to her about 2 years ago (with the big sock giveaway).  The yarn is Socks that Rock (STR) lightweight, it was part of their sock club that I was a member of.  It makes me sick to think of all the time that I put into knitting with their yarn, and it does not hold up.  My mom is in her 80’s and only uses these as house socks.  In contrast, she also gave me a different pair that I think I made her about 10 years ago with Lang Jawoll sock yarn, and those have only minor wear holes in them.

    And now the good sock.  My current sock knitting is the Orange Pekoe from the CookieA sock club.  The yarn is Hazel Knits, and it is knitting up very nicely.

     
    • Carol 12:51 am on August 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree with you more about STR. I have a basket full of socks waiting for holes to be repaired and every pair is STR yarn. There must be about 6 pairs with holes. I have decided that since I like a lot of the colorways and I already have them in my stash that they will only be used for scarfs, shawls and maybe mittens. The STR is not sock worthy, sorry BMFA. I am now only knitting socks that have 20 to 25% nylon. Sometimes less if it is Bugga or Skinny Bugga.
      I’m sorry your mom’s sock fell apart. I wish you luck in darning them. But your right.

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    • knitting1105 11:27 am on August 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I actually just trashed both pairs of socks. The other ones didn’t bother me as much, since they were much older. No more STR in my stash, and none will enter.

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    • Carol 8:12 pm on August 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I went through a phase that I was in the Rockin’ Sock Club and I was buying a lot of STR. After the holes in my socks I sold 27 skeins. I still have 18 skeins and I plan to use it for weaving where not much stress will be on it as a scarf. But to sell 27 skeins of some colors I really liked tells you how mad I was of the wearability of this yarn. I was also upset that the vibrant colors faded after the first or second wash.
      I have other yarn that doesn’t fade and is better wearing. I rather spend money on that kind of sock yarn. There are a lot of very beautiful yarns with nylon. Also I am spinning a lot so maybe I will just spin my own yarn.
      I don’t blame you for trashing your socks and not using STR anymore.

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  • knitting1105 2:36 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hanne again 

    This is the start of my 3rd Hanne Falkenberg project.  This is the Pirouette, a cape project that alternates between stripes and solid knitting.  As usual with her kits, it is a LOT of garter stitch knitting.  Don’t expect to see a quick knit out of this one.  One week of knitting and I barely finished the first sleeve, and that was on vacation.  The kits come in many colors, my colorway does not have a photo to show for it.    This is the sample shown:

    I am also working on plying the last of my yarns from the Tour de Fleece.  I have the Mad Monet by Fiber Optic, and Mediterranean by Expertly Dyed.  I think that they are looking good together.  I still do not have great confidence in predicting what the yarns will look like spun and plyed up.

    together they remind me of Water Lilies by Monet:

     
    • Barbara 7:36 am on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pleased to hear that you are still knitting! I read about Hanne Falkenberg kits in your blog a while ago, and feel tempted to try one, though I am not that keen on garter stitch. Sounds like a project for the mythical long winter evenings.

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      • knitting1105 1:48 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If you are not a fan of garter stitch, then the Hanne kits are not for you. I love them, but I like the mindless long knitting at times.

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  • knitting1105 10:19 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    I still do Knit 

    I have been posting so much about spinning lately that one would think that I only make the yarn now.  I do still knit, it has just taken a back seat lately.  My current, and almost finished project are the Orange Pekoe socks, another sock club purchase in the CookieA sock and cookie club.  The yarn is another that I had not tried before, Hazel Knits yarn.  I am liking this yarn, and the soft orange color, almost like an orange creamscicle (one of my favorite childhood frozen treats).  This is the harder of the 2 patterns this month, but I find it progressing much more quickly, and it is more fun for me to knit.  Sometimes when a pattern is too simple, I loose my motivation.  I need to catch up on my photographing, but doesn’t the yarn match the Butterfly Weed beautifully?

    On a different note, I am loving this new outdoor light that we bought over the weekend.

     

     
    • Mrs. Peterson 10:40 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Cool lamp. IKEA? 😉

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      • knitting1105 11:08 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, not IKEA. It is from Green Home Chicago, I had a Groupon. Really fun store, mostly building supplies for the house, but accessories also. This lamp can sit outdoors, the fabric is Sunbrella, and it has an outdoor fluorescent bulb. Makes a beautiful glow.

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    • Mrs. Peterson 2:22 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I knew it wasn’t IKEA.

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      • knitting1105 2:37 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I thought you might be trying to be funny…

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  • knitting1105 5:46 pm on July 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Finish Line 

    Final Results:
    
    480 yards 2 ply dark brown Shetland, 4 oz
    128 yards 2 ply light grey Shetland, 1 oz
    536 yards 2 ply purple Shetland from *Fiber Optic*, 4 oz
    164 yards Llama, 2ply with caramel colored and dark brown 1.75 oz
    One 2 oz bobbin of Merino singles from *Expertly Dyed* to be plyed with:
    One 2 oz bobbin of BFL & silk singles from *Fiber Optic* (Mad Monet) 
    
    

     

     

     

     
  • knitting1105 9:42 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Spinning Heaven 

    Spinning on my own little (borrowed) slice of heaven.

    With wonderful jamming…

     
    • MrsPete 2:39 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love the matching hats!

      That looks so beautiful and relaxing. Have a great vacation!

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  • knitting1105 9:37 pm on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Goodnight 

     
  • knitting1105 9:49 pm on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Merino spinning 

     
  • knitting1105 4:10 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    My Three Shetlands 

    I have been doing little else than spinning in my spare time the past 2 weeks.  I finished up my Shetland fibers.  I want to get a couple of more shades of the natural colors, and will use these for mittens and hats this Fall.  I will have to wait until the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival to be able to get more fiber though.  That won’t stop my spinning, just my Shetland experiment.

     
  • knitting1105 8:03 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mad Monet 

     
  • knitting1105 6:05 pm on July 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Weekend Spinning 

     

     
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