An extravagant and generous friend gave me a gift of the the entire 150 color Knit Picks "Palette" Wool Collection. It truly is a palette of colors to use in my love of fair isle knitting. My usual preference is for darker, muted, or heathered colors, but for my first project I decided to step it up a bit and chose sixteen of the brightest colors.
When spiral ribbing is worked with striped yarn, an interesting illusion is created: diamond zig-zags appear! The perfect yarn for this technique is KnitPicks "Felici"..... the color contrasts are bold and the stripes are broad and even. The color "Foxglove" was used for these socks. Spiral knitting is best worked on a circular needle, as the stitches "travel" as you knit round and round.
This yarn is Brown Sheep Company's Nature Spun 100% wool sportweight from a one pound cone that was only $16 on sale.The color is "eucalyptus"..... green with a grayish tint. To alleviate the tedium of working plain stockinette stitch and to add textural interest, every fourth row is worked in a pattern repeat of K4, P2, offsetting the purl stitches on alternating pattern rows. Surprisingly, this makes the knitting go faster for me, as the pattern keeps me from dozing off!
I call the colorway of these socks "Autumn Harvest"....changing leaves and ripening grapes. The yarn is "On Line Supersocke Neptun-Color"(#1680) The 459 yd, 100 gr ball easily allowed for these men's size 10 socks, with 10" legs....and plenty to spare. I think that this is the perfect combination of fibers for socks: 50% wool (for insulation and moisture wicking), 25% viscose (for silky smoothness), and 25% nylon (for strength and durability). They were lovely to knit and will be a pleasure to wear.
Friends, I am in the process of knitting a neckdown pullover sweater for the first time. It is with circular needles and I have come to the point of having to cast on another skein of yarn. In the past I have used the braided method of adding new yarn. I am a little leery of using this method for a sweater. I also am not sure about adding a new skein the traditional way and later sewing in the "tails" as the entire sweater as you all know is in stockinette stitch and I worry that the sewn in yarn will be quite visible on the finished project.
It is amazing how difficult it is to learn a new skill. With this pair of ankle socks, I was bound and determined to conquer the Wrap and Turn stitches in the heel. The first sock was ripped out several times, not because I hadn't learned to do the W&T but because I let my concentration wander and made silly little mistakes. The second sock, I finished last night and I turned off my computer, TV, phones, etc., etc. I had to giggle because as I passed each spot where a mistake was made on the previous sock, I nodded at how careless I had been.
I'm trying to knit the Brethren Sock that so many on here have made. But I've done something wrong. Would any of the guys who have completed these successfully be able to help please/????? I'm using magic loop.
I've picked up the gusset stitches. And the stitches for the instep are not centered. There's thirty-eight stitches on the instep needle, and fifty-two on the wire.
My LYS is bring Norah Gaughan to Vermont for the weekend of September 19-21,
2014. I guess they had a couple of last minute cancellations. She is probably
one of my favorite knitters and I've knitted a few of her items. I'm trying
to attend but I need to move one thing so not sure if I'll make it. I thought
I can't remember where I found out about this Web site, but I have found it very interesting. If it was shared here on this site, pardon the duplicate posting.
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