Friday, 29 July 2016

Socks!

Sock knitting happened.

I could even show you proof if I would have brought the socks upstairs to take a photo of them!.  Later.

I am not 100 percent sure if I like them yet, but it improved dramatically once I worked up the turquoise.  And did you know that there was a previously unseen by me section of pale blue?  Interesting.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

So. Socks

Your good morning this morning comes from Isaac.  This is Isaac.

He woke up early today, but he is busy watching a movie under there.  He and I had movie night.  He slept on a fold out chair and I slept on a chair and ottoman.  This required many blankets and tons and tons of pillows. We watched Space Chimps and then Frosty the Snowman. Frosty won over other movies because it was shorter than most and we didn't want to stay up too late past our bedtime.  If you have never had a movie night with your grandkids, you should.  It isn't a big thing, it is just that the sharing of something simple is so incredibly perfect.

So.  Socks.

I started a pair of Geek Socks.  It is from this giant ball of yarn. Regia 6 ply in a wonderful range of bright cheery colours.  150m grams for a pair of slightly heavier weight socks.  If you can't fathom the difference between a sport weight yarn and a fingering weight yarn, there is no clearer picture to be had than a ball of fingering weight sock yarn and a 6ply sock yarn.



Moreso, it seems bright and cheery in the ball.  In the actual knitting, I am not so sure.






There is a swath of a soft green  after the lime and the peach isn't quite so bright as it looked in the ball.  It is early on in the process and judging it is a bit unfair yet.  But it is pure clean stripes and perfect for this pattern.

So. Socks.  Yet another pair, but a really interesting one that may yet yield its own rewards.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Gooooood Morning

Good morning from the road.  ish.

I am over at my other grandkids this morning helping out.  Mommy here has been not feeling well, so grandma is here keeping the kids busy.

Carter would like to wish you all a good morning.  He is up really early this morning.

So, needless to say my morning knitting involves very little yarn manipulation and a whole lot of this little piggy.. 

I am working on socks this week.  I have a problem on the center panel of the Onerva.  It looks ok, but the motif at one end is not the motif at the other end.,  I know what I did and can fix the error easily, but I just don't have the time today. 

So socks it is.  To keep my brain engaged, I did bring along several other balls of cheery, bright sock yarn to start some more Geek Socks.  I have spent the last year searching for commercial yarns that would stripe right and let me tell you, it isn't always easy.

Most commercial sock yarns are dyed with a pattern in mind. They faux fair isle beautifully, but that is not what the Geek socks need.  Geek socks need a clean colour change and at least 3 rows of a colour before the change.

And that seems to be the province of hand dyes.  I'm not sure enough of most of those for colour stability or the extreme wash and dryability that I desire in a yarn for something like socks.  

So, the search is ever on.  I just really enjoyed that pattern, and mean to make more of them just for me.  Because I can.  IF I can find the right yarns.