Sunday, January 22, 2017

FO: Silverplait Socks

These socks were much more simple to knit than they look!  I had a lot of fun with them!  I did these without a cable needle -- I didn't need one for the two side cables and I positioned the center cable at the join of my dpns so I could use the spare dpn as if it were the cable needle when I reached the join in that area.  (Hard to explain this concept, but it's easy if you have it in your hands!)

I'm not in love with this yarn, I have to say.  It's just not as soft as I'd like it to be.  Definitely not scratchy, but I guess I would use to describe it is "stiff".  That said, I got some awesome Beyond Soft fabric softener at Knit Picks and it worked like a dream in the blocking stage to soften up the yarn.  They are still not as soft as creations out of my beloved Stroll, but definitely much better than nothing!  Anyway, so the yarn isn't horrible, but I would probably not buy it again....  but it's not bad for $3.00 a skein.

This picture is a little more true to the color of the socks...  they are a very pretty blue!

yarn details
Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in Dolphin Blue
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 19-0
80% Wool, 20% Nylon
machine wash, lay flat to dry
$3.00 per 178 yard / 50 gram skein (purchased in August 2016)

project details
pattern: "Silverplait" by Ariel Altaras; available to purchase for $5 on Ravelry
needles: size 1.5 (2.5mm) wood dpns
yarn used: 1.9 skeins (338 yards)
size knit: medium (CO 70st)
finished size: top of cuff to end of bottom of heel flap: 8.5''
duration: October 6 - Dec 24, 2016


  • If you want to know how to cable without a needle, I learned how in Patty Lyons's Craftsy class -- Explorations in Cables (affiliate link)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things...

I'm super excited about the scarf I'm knitting -- it's called "My Favourite Things" by Jill McGee.  It's more of a "recipe" than a pattern.  The instructions to get you started are a free Ravelry download, so I recommend checking it out.

I am stashbusting for this project, which means it's mostly coming from my leftovers of acrylic from various amigurumis or whatnot.  (All gathered together in what I call my "bag of chaos.")  I'm having tons of fun playing with different color combinations and picking out cool motifs to make the scarf.  I just pick color schemes and motifs that remind me of my favorite things.  Like this one, where I'm knitting the Federation symbol while watching TNG...

I'm also loving the pink cat motif (although I used some extra crappy yarn for that piece and it looks pretty bad.  Really should have frogged it and started over with better yarn, but that ship has sailed, so I'm gonna live with it...)

I'm loving playing with color and getting to use everything I learned in my color theory class on Craftsy [affiliate link].  BTW, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I'm enrolled in 108 classes, but happy to report that this color class is absolutely my very favorite!

OK, back to knitting!  Pepper out.