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Back with a blast (of sock yarns)

Howdy guys,

Been away to Cologne since last Thursday. I got back on Monday evening but haven't had the time to update. My sock yarns from the Wollmeise came in the day before I left for Cologne and so I had to race around to one of my friend to make yummy yarn cakes out of these beauties:

Wollmeise sock yarn

From left to right: Drachenblut, Amazonas, Iris Sibirica

They all turned into these:

Wollmeise yarn cakes

Okay, those are just the Drachenblut and Iris Sibirica...the Amazonas had already transformed over the trip to and back from Cologne:

Wollmeise yarn cake: knitted up

Started: 08th March 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise superwash sock yarn, 100% wool; colourway "Amazonas" (Amazon)
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1-2 Addi Turbos (using MagicLoop method)
Pattern: Universal Toe-up Sock using Magic Cast-On

Apart from that, I also got something from Cologne:

Trekking pro natura & Colinette's Jitterbug

Zitron's "Trekking pro natura" sock yarn: 75% New Wool, 25% Bamboo; colourway # 1640

Colinette's Jitterbug sock yarn, 100% superwash Merino; colourway #67 "Copperbeach"

I actually bought just the Jitterbug. Thing was, I went to MaschenKunst, a LYS in Cologne owned by Daniela Johansonova, the maker and voice of the Secret Knitting Podcast! I got the Trekking pro natura kind of for free. "Kind of" because I am to test-knit it for her..but still: *woot!* How cool is that?

You can go and read about my adventures in Cologne and see more photos on my Blog.

ONline shopping - benefit or curse?.

way too much stuff available too easily - I'm currently trying to resist

*the kilo cone of mohair silk blend that cost about 1/4 of what it would come to in individual skeins;

*the Icelandic book "Three cornered and long shawls";

*Addi Turbo's in several sizes; (I need them, I do, I do, I do!)

*a swift

I did give in and bu a reprint of Sarah Don's 'The Art of Shetland Lace'

new in town

OK, I'm new on this site. I'm not an advanced knitter as most of you are. And to top it all, I'm a woman. Still, I do have a couple of existential bugs for you guys, so I hope you'll condescend to answer my humble questions ;-)
- about blocking: do I block only once, before putting all the pieces together or do I need to do this each time after washing the project (until know I've always lost interest somewhere half the project so I never had to deal with this one)
- when knitting with double thread, do you guys roll the skein with double thread beforehand or do you knit with 2 balls at once (no pun intended)

Anyway, love the site and the useful comments but above all the nice (and funny) things with which you support one another! I'll keep on reading the posts, even if you think I'm not physically equipped to entry myself ;-)

child coat with Raglan Sleeve

does anyone know of a good child size cardigan/coat (for a girl) size 5/6 with a raglan sleeve? (knit in one piece from the bottom up would be RAD) - I was given the request by my Niece that she wants a pink coat knitted. -- the things we do for young'nz. Of course, she also wanted ribbon it (whatever that means) - maybe as the belt?

help?

:)

Kyle

I Am Infected With A Terrible Sickness

Guy's I have some horrible news. I came here to talk about it because I didn't know where else to go. I can't eat. I can't sleep. I'm breaking down into a critically unstable mess and I can't control myself. I have knititis and it's got me by the balls (no pun intended lol) in a bad but good way. It seems all I can think about is knitting. All I want to do is knit or crochet something. I called out sick to work all weekend because all I wanted to do was stay home comfortably perched on the couch wearing nothing but my boxers surrounded by my needles and boxes of yarn and that is exactly what I did. Please don't be sad for me because I am getting lots of work done. I don't know what brought on this illness but I'm having so much fun right now with my yarn addiction. YAY!

yarn store in dc

I will be visiting dc in the near future for a conference and was wondering if any one knows of any male owned yarn stores or if not where there are any yarn stores that will have me buying an extra piece of luggage to fly home. I know going to the nations capital with all the museums and I am worried about yarn :)

My own socks

After knitting socks for mom all through the fall, I finally set out to knit a pair for myself. These large socks are from 'Folk Socks' by Nancy Bush.

These are the Welsh Country Socks, made with Brown Sheep 3-ply sport, as called for in the pattern. I used US size 2 bamboo needles to get the gauge, and to my surprise the socks felt remarkably soft, despite being knit so tightly (I would normally knit sport weight yarns on US size 3, at about 6.5 st per inch)

My next step is to try color stranded yarns, maybe the Norwegian Stockings from the same book?

My latest socks

These great socks were knit with Opal Rainforest, 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. This was my first attempt with Opal, but it won't be the last! It's a soft yarn and feels good when knitted. I knited this yarn slightly tigher than they recommend; I like to knit fingering yarns at 8 st per inch; they recommend 7 st. Even so, the sock was soft and comfortable on the foot. This is a woman's size sock, but the 100g ball should easily make a pair of man size with no problem.

Sock software for Mac

My partner, Paul, just found Mac software to help you create sock patterns. In the web page's words ... "Use your choice of yarn, your gauge, and take your knitting to new heights of perfection." The software is called Sock Wizard Mac and costs $34.95 US. I'm not a sock knitter (yet!) but thought some of you might be interested in the software.

See:
Sock Wizard Software

Organic cotton yarns

Infiknit is a needlework kit and pattern distributor with an inventory of over 1000 patterns created by more than 40 designers from 3 countries: Canada, the United States and Britain.

One cool product they have is EcoKnit Yarn - 100% organic coloured cotton yarn. It’s apparently great for knitting (I haven't tried it myself yet) and great for the environment - the cultivation of cotton is said to account for 24% of world pesticide use.

Here are the yarny details in yarny-speak: 100% certified organic cotton grown in colors, 20 to 22st to 4in on 3.5 to 4.5mm needles. Deliciously soft lustrous yarn in 50g, 100yd skeins. Bagged 10 to a bag for stores. : Here's the link