Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Tale of Cattywampus

One of these tomatoes is not like the other ones.

I believe that all knitting has a story to tell. Sometimes the story is about what was happening in the knitter's life when she or he was knitting the item. Sometimes the story is about the person the item is intended for. And sometimes the story is about the item itself. For example: Cattywampus.

I just finished knitting the first sock of the pair and this is the amount of yarn I have left over. That's 3 grams. Yes, the ball is in fact slightly larger than a quarter. Happily, I was smart and divided the skein into two equal sized center pull balls before I started knitting. Not that this yarn likes to stay in a nice, neat center pull configuration.

Yes, that is a broken needle. When you knit with needles that are slightly thinner than a toothpick, sometimes breakage happens. As it did in this case when I was on the last row of the last pattern repeat. No big deal, I just started using 4 needles instead of the usual 5. I can order another identical set of size 0 (2mm) needles and I'll have extras incase of more breakage.

This is the first sock. I love it. The picture does not do it justice at all. The yarn color is Cattywampus and it is on Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight. It is a delight to work with. The pattern is Nanner Socks by Wendy Johnson. I love it too.

And just look at this bind-off! I mean who wouldn't want to put their foot in that?! I just love JSSBO (Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off).

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thoughts, I'm just full of them

This is Beckon Merino Sock yarn from Three Irish Girls. The colorway is Lagoon. I love this colorway. In fact I love this yarn so much that I am having a really hard time using it. I know, that sounds counterintuitive. But like the Yarn Harlot said, "yarn is forever, socks get holes." I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist of what she said.
This yarn is currently destined to be knit into a pattern that I have devised. The pattern has a leaf motif, and I need a name for said pattern. I need to stop calling these socks- that have yet to be knit- Leafy Socks.