Sunday, March 04, 2007

Knitting update

I'm feeling rather smug, because not only have I mastered Judy's 'magic cast on' for toe up socks, but (after one false start where I got in a complete muddle) I've also started both socks on two circulars and it's WORKING! Check out those toes - aren't they just lovely?! These will be March Socks for the Sock-a-month challenge, and to think I'd been putting off casting on because I was daunted by the very idea of knitting two socks on two circs.The yarn is Fyberspates (again), from a yarn sale a while ago - reminds me of a tequila sunrise!

The pattern is Judy Becker's Snake River socks - I liked the idea of 'faux cables' - anything that's less effort...

And the top down all in one Swing Jacket (pattern 603 on the Cabin Fever site - 'NO sewing' is their speciality!) is coming along well - I particularly like the wrap around I-cord on the edge. Garter stitch is great to knit.

Stitch and Bitch...

Went to our local monthly K2TOG in Bovey Tracey at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Terrace Cafe this afternoon. Four of us regulars (Mary, Kathryn, Carla and myself) and two friends, Anna and Pick, with their children joined us. The two friends didn't bring any wool or needles! I am trying to rekindle Anna's enthusiasm for knitting (she's not done any since she was younger) by helping her to knit the Knitty pattern for fuzzyfeet. She went to try and find 100% double knitting wool (feltable) from a store in Plymouth. The woman there (after showing her a load of machine-washable stuff which she very sensibly didn't buy) said that you couldn't buy 100% wool that hadn't been treated to make it washable any more. She also told Anna that DPNS would be easier than circs and that 'worsted' meant that the yarn was mixed fibre. Talk about a load of tosh! I told Anna where to go to get wool and sensible advice (Spin-a-yarn in Bovey, Sally Carr's in Totnes, Inspirations in Exeter and even Coldharbour Mill in Cullompton if she wants to go that far). Anna's daughter Nayanna is too busy practising being a teenager to join in (but I think she may be waivering!). Pick's daughter Holly had a go at finger knitting with scrap of Rowan kidsilk which I found lurking at the bottom of my bag - that kept her amused for the two hours, and she's chosen a pattern for a bag from Kathryn's book to knit next time. Pick's son Finn enjoyed looking through a 'how to knit' book. And, as usual, we are the last to leave the cafe and have to be ushered out the back door!

9 comments:

littlelixie said...

I really like your blog!

Jo said...

I like the yarn in the swing jacket, but I've obviously missed you catsing it on and telling me what it is, I really must pay more attention and start taking notes!!

TutleyMutley said...

Well, thanks! Littlelixie and I like yours too! (I love mutual back scratching!!!)

Jo, see post Feb 2nd for details of yarn and pic of pattern... (easiest to find if you just click on the knitting label in sidebar).

Riggwelter said...

That sock yarn looks edible, well done you for knitting 2 socks at the same time.

Christina said...

I love the look of the swing jacket so far, the colour is great. And as for your socks, I'm sure they'll grow very quickly *hides 6ply sock just cast on* ;) And the colour of the fyberspates is really pretty. I fancy having a go at canoeing or kayaking myself sometime, so I can test your theory about climbers v. canoers!!!!!

Rain said...

Unfortunately a lot of places are out of date with their information and if they don't sell something deny it's existence.

Your socks are looking great so far. That technique looks scary but sounds lie it's very effective.

Kath said...

Actually 'worsted' is also a spinning term and refers to how the fleece is spun. To be technical the lady is right in that the fibres of the fleece are mixed any old way rather than 'woolen' where the fibres lie with the direction of the fleece. Or which ever way round it is! Hope that makes sense of sorts! It does get confusing is you want worsted weight worsted spun yarn!

TutleyMutley said...

well there you go, Kath, I've learned something new again! Is that where the US worsted came from originally do you think?

And I saw you CJ! - you can't hide those socks from me! mutter mutter

Artis-Anne said...

My word lady you have been busy blogging , knitting and generally busy , since last I read your blog. I have been working my way down and you have some great posts. Oh and I hope you are now better. Thanks for the link for the toe up socks think I will try that for this SM thing and hope I can do it as easy as you did :)