Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to basics...maybe...

It's time to go back-to-basics with my approach to knitting socks..maybe.  I have more sock yarn than I will ever be able to use, and even less time to knit than I had a few weeks ago--started a new job which I am thankful to have.  Sock ADD makes me want to browse the patterns, start knitting a sock, then abandon it a few days later, moving onto something else.  After my sock yarn re-organizing last weekend, I hope to be better focused when I do find some time to knit.  Here's my problem:  I currently find myself with 0 pairs of socks to wear.  I have a few singles, but no pairs.  I examined the socks that bit the dust and found that my soles were worn thin and eventually wore through.  I need to knit the socks tighter on DPNs or switch to a different technique.  I hear "knit two at a time" often from fellow knitters, but DPNs seem to work for me right now--maybe the socks on two circs method could work out as well. 
 Side note:  I did try to rip one of my socks-Monkey made out of Trekking XXL, by far the longest-lasting socks I had.  Those socks took a lot of abuse.  Back to the story:  I cut the yarn and tried to rip back all the way past the worn-thru part so I could re-knit it using the leftover yarn I had.  Bad idea.  A lot of the sole was felted from washings/wear and the sock would not rip out without major cutting.  I gave up and gifted it to the trash can. 
I got some new yarn last week:  Lorna's Laces Solemate, which is the sock yarn made with Outlast fiber in it--it regulates the temperature of the sock based on your own body temperature.  How cool is that!  I got 2 skeins--Navy Pier (in honor of my great weekend in Chicago last month--and Amy's Vintage Office.  So excited to use this yarn--possibly this week--and will post pics/review.  Meanwhile, here is a photo of the yarn:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Yarn Discovery Tour and beyond

The last couple of weeks have been quite eventful on the knitting front.  On September 9th, the 4th annual Northeast Ohio Yarn Discovery Tour began, with 14 participating area yarn shops.  The tour only lasted until September 24th, so I had to get busy.  My son was a willing participant in several visits, and even helped to wind yarn at a couple shops.  We visited:  River Colors Studio in Lakewood, The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls, Soft N' Sassy in Broadview Heights, Knitting on the Square in Chardon, Birds of a Feather in Avon, and Cast On Cafe in Willoughby.  Needless to say, my stash has certainly been enhanced.  It will probably take me until the next yarn tour, in September 2012, to knit through some of it. 
From the left:  Destination Yarns Sock Yarn Postcard in "London,"  Blue Ridge Yarns Bambie, Dream in Color Smooshy in "Aqua Jet," and Sock Hop from Birds of a Feather.
I've completed my first sock in a sportweight sock yarn.  Presenting a Campfire Sock in Tuscan Grove Bellagio sock yarn, colorway Mint Ganache.  I love this yarn and the sock is so warm!  Sock 2 will be along shortly.