Sock bag!

May 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

I just made a sock bag.

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It’s a 23.5 by 19 cm drawstring bag with a clip on top, so you can clip it to your belt, purse strap, whatever. Fits a sock project with some space, and I have a crochet hook, a darning needle , a pair of scissors and a measuring tape in the bottom.

I haven’t sewn anything in ages, so this was… an adventure, to say the least. Plus I’d never made a drawstring bag before. But it’s turned out alright, but the next time I do this, I’ll make sure to sew the sides up before doing the tunnel :P

But really. This was more of a spontaneous project (I still had the fabric left over from making a shirt back in November) and it was a good way to try out stuff, like aforementioned tunnel sewing before making the more fancy bag I’ve been planning for some time, which will have pockets for implements, a strap, and will be a bit bigger, for bigger-ish projects like scarves etc that don’t really fit into purses that well. Eventually. When I’ve sewn more stuff and learned to make perfectly straight seams.

May 25, 2008 § 1 Comment

Woot, the author of the Mojo pattern requested to use a pic of my Mojo socks for the pattern page!

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this is exciting to me :D Slightly too much, the small rational part of my brain says, but anyway :D

Stash OCD what?

May 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

Wow. I just wound yarn leftovers into a total of 17 center-pull balls, weighed them, photographed them, labeled them and organized them in my Ravelry stash. A total of 260 grams, ranging from bulky to sock weight. Mostly Lana Grossa Joker though, 8 different colors, I bought a bunch on sale for Christmas presents last year and I had so much left over. But now my hands feel pretty much crippled. Good thing I wound them on a wine bottle though, and not on my thumb. Ah, shiny.

I also went to a Ren Faire today and bought a bag of about 150 grams’ worth of different rovings. I’m hoping to make a spindle on Monday, get up earlyish to go to Praktiker and get a wheel for the whorl and a wood axis before work. V. exciting. I can’t wait, I just wish the spinning wheel we have upstairs as deco actually worked. And/or that I could go to the spinning meetup on Wednesday, but as luck has it I have to work.

Okay, now for real

May 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

Today is multipost day.

Anyway, I finished the first Mojo sock for the second time, and it’s now a tad too small for me. Which means it should fit perfectly for Sammy.

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Looks better now, imho. The purl strip was interesting, but sort of a mistake.

So now it’s:

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left sock design in general
2×2 rib for 20 rows
starting with k, 3 ribs, end on k
2×2 for 25 rows
Heel flap 20 rows in 2×2 (seamless from leg), pick up 10+1
With joining the foot, start k of ridge on top.
Dec to 16 per needle, after dec do 3ridges in the round ending on k strip
5 rows of 2×2
‘Primavera toe’ in 2×2, to 20 sts – k2tog, k2, ssk every other row. Graft together.

Toothpicks. Waxed. Toothpicks.

May 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

‘Oh Captain, my Captain!’ say the boys in Dead Poets’ Society to their teacher. I said ‘Oh! Toothpicks. Waxed toothpicks!’ when I started working with my 15 cm DPNs today. It’s odd, certainly, and it takes some getting used to  to not have huge chunks of wood  protruding at 8 points in your knitting.

But honestly? I’m in love. While they still feel somewhat waxy (it’s waxed bamboo after all), they’re a lot easier and more stress-free to handle than the regular ones. I don’t have a problem with 20 cm DPNs, mind. But these are simply superior to knit with! Especially since I’m decreasing right now – I did rip out the toe already, and finishing that now before continuing the second sock (probably with the short ones then) – so with only 10 stitches on each needle they still don’t get tangled and unwieldy as 20 cms do.

The only problem I fear is the knitting just slipping down and off them, since they’re so short. But then, they do have a good grip to them, so I’m hoping for the best and am starting to snoop around the house for a transportation case.

Yarn shopping

May 21, 2008 § Leave a comment

Oops, I suppose. I went yarn shopping today, AGAIN. I mean, it’s not like I just went and bought sock yarn on Saturday, no. I had the random urge to try out the biggish yarn shop somewhere at the end of the world in Hamm, and I had a car, and I had a little money burning in my wallet. So I went. And spent that money, obviously.

First, the store. It’s a little way off from the city center, which doesn’t really matter when you have a car and come from my direction, since it is actually before the center from here. It looks a little grungey from the outside, but inside? Yarn, yarn and more yarn. Lots of Lana Grossa and the biggest selection of Regia I’ve seen so far, but also Opal and other/no-name brands. And two or three shelves full of clearance – I got three balls of yarn for 75 cents each!

P1000953 P1000954 These are the first two clearance balls – simply gorgeous, variegated yarn with gold threads in it. Gorgeous, I tell you, gorgeous! It’s Ornaghi Filati (which I’d never heard of in my life) , New Wool/Polyester blend for 6-7mm needles, and likely to become a hat or neck wrap of some sort. For colder days. Or maybe wristwarmers… hm.

P1000967 P1000962 More clearance yarn – I fell in love with this and randomly grabbed it, not knowing how much it was. Turns out it only cost 75 cents, too! Cotton/acrylic for 4mms, and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It’s only 100 m… maybe I should go back and buy another ball. Or make yet another hat with it. Or a summery, skinny Quant entrelac headband? With the changing colors, I imagine it would look interesting to say the least, but I don’t know if that’s the right yarn for it. Time will tell, eventually, I’m sure. And until then, it can just chill out in my luxury/other yarn bag.

Then, with all the cheap-ass yarn, I decided to ‘splurge’ a bit. Meaning €2,95 per 50g ball, which is still pretty cheap. Especially for what I got – pure wool.

P1000960 P1000957 I have planned socks with these, even though the label says approximately 150g for a pair of socks. But I’m just gonna knit them toe up and see how far I get. I wonder, with the 100% wool, if they’d felt? *tries to decipher symbols* … hand wash at 40°. Sounds like they would. Well, that’s cool with me. They’d be more of a pair of slipper socks, so if the sole felts nicely and smoothly with wear, that’s awesome.

Last but not least, the priciest purchase of the day: new DPNs. I’m kind of rolling my eyes at myself for this, cause it isn’t like I don’t already have bamboo 2.5mm DPNs. My only justification is that they’re 15cm (6″) instead of 20 like the ones I have, and I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about shorter needles. So I figured I’d give it a shot since I saved so much money on the yarn.

P1000972 Look at how tiny they are! But I suppose it will make redoing the toe on the mojo sock a lot easier, and I can do it NOW. That is, after I’ve extricated the carefully weaved in yarn from the tip of the toe. Groan.

What is mojo, anyway?

May 19, 2008 § Leave a comment

Well… I just tried the Mojo sock on again. It’s definitely a tad too big for me, which means it’s gonna be huge on Sammy. So what I’m gonna do… is finish the second mojo sock without the purl stripe and see how that goes. Maybe I’ll do the Primavera toe, too, since that is shorter – by how much, I’ll figure out tomorrow. Maybe, since there won’t be a purl stripe, do the toe in stockinette or reverse stockinette – that would be nice, with the stockinette decrease strips going up the side… hm.

And then I’m gonna rip the toe out of the first sock. Sigh. I really hate frogging (well, except for that stupid cup cozy) especially of things I’ve already weaved in the ends. I’m a very throughout weaver-inner. This is gonna be fun *rolls eyes*

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