Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I really wanted to know...

... how my fiber sample yarn would look like knit up. Now I know. I put everything aside, and cast on for socks. Normally 291yds would not be enough for socks for my size feet, but this is worsted weight yarn, so I guess I will be alright. I'm using 4mm needles, and it's not too loose. I measured the WPI again, and it gave me clearly 11 WPI.






I'm going to put this sock on stitch holders, knit the second one up to the same length, and see how much yarn is left for both legs. If they are just ankle socks, that will be fine too. They are thick and warm, and I love them. :o)

I would love to have them longer up the leg though.

Have you ever seen that rare breed of dogs, which have a horn on their forehead? Biko likes to be scratched around it, it seems to be itchy all the time. :o)


Oh yeah, I had a woolen accident. I was washing all our winter woolies the other day, in my machine with the hand wash option. All went fine, nothing felted or anything. I took it out, and put some white laundry in. When I got that out, I found this Chevalier mitten, felted to the size of a mitten for a seven year old child. What am I going to do? If I can find the same yarn in my stash, I might knit the left mitten again. But I don't want to! It's so fiddly, even though I love how they look, you need to look at the pattern all the time. Maybe I just knit DH a pair of new ones. I don't know yet.

30 comments:

lookinout said...

Love the colour of your socks. Felt the second mitt and give the pair to the Red Cross or the Snowsuit Fund.
Gillian

Martina said...

arg about the mitts! Love the socks!

Lankakomero said...

I like your yarn! Those socks will be wonderful.

shannon said...

i say find a different pattern for DH, knit him those, felt the right and find a seven year old child to give the felted mittens to. :)

think how warm they would be for that child!!

Kim said...

I love the way your yarn knits up! Beautiful!

ummm, sorry about your incident : (

knittingpanda said...

I love how that handspun is knitting up it looks great! That stinks about the shrunken mitten, hopefully you have some more of the yarn in your stash to make a new one.

Arlene said...

Your sockyarn looks great. Don't be sad about the felting accident - that's life ;)

Angelika said...

Even as ankle socks they will be great. It's always interesting how yarn like that knits up. And as far as the mitten... I'd felt the second one too and knit him a new pair.

Maggie said...

That yarn came out wonderfully! The socks are going to be so nice when cold weather comes again. Or, you know, TODAY. It's 5 degrees and my heat is on and I'm still cold! Yay Canada.

Alice said...

Oh no! That is an unfortunate accident for sure. On the bright size that is one cute little mitten :)

Micky said...

Nice colors.

Sorry about the mitten. But the right one is beautiful.

Would that be a unibiko?

weebug said...

felt the second one and gift it! i love the socks and the way that the colours are playing out.

Jill said...

That sock looks so cool! My favorite part of spinning is seeing how the yarn expresses it's personality in a knitted item. So many surprises!

Kelly said...

ohhhh the sock looks fantastic, kinda like Noro.
Is it bad of me to say that your chev. looks super cute felted??? I'm still feeling the pain if it being shrunk though :(

2paw said...

Gorgeous socks!! They knit up so beautifully and so quikly as well.
Poor Biko!!!
Oh no, a very sad washing machine accident :-(

Mo said...

The yarn is absolutely lovely! I say felt that 2nd puppy (mitten) up and move on to a new pair of mittens. Momma don need no fiddlin wid da mittens!

Biko has the sweetest expression in that picture.

Emily said...

Love the socks! I made a pair for myself out of handspun sock yarn and I love 'em.

DAWN said...

Ah, the one horned wonder dog--I know it well.

Great sock yarn!

Crystal said...

Ack! Super bummer about the mitten. I am the queen of felting things accidentally. Love the sock yarn though! Let's focus on the positive, here :)

Tracy said...

The sock looks WONDERFUL, the dog looks scary, and the mitten looks cute if it was not so heartbreaking. :o)

lexa said...

Love the sock! Such great colors.

Too bad about the mitten. :( I think I'd probably shrink the other one, too, and make a new pair.

Hannahknits said...

I love your sock!! Really lovely.

Strange breed of dog you have...a kind of a unicorn/dog:-)

What a pity about the mitten. I would be very sad if this happened here.

sgeddes said...

I like how the socks are working up.

I'd start with a new set of mittens. For this pair, I'd say felt the second one and find a seven year old with cold hands.

I like the horn!

- Steffi - said...

Dear me! So sorry for your mitten loss. Same thing happened to me with a crochet shawl that I made. I ended up making another one in a non-felting yarn.

By the way, thanks for your well-wishes regarding the trip to Hamburg. I was really surprised at how easy it was to understand all of that German and how I found myself speaking it again!

myboringblog said...

That poor mitten! That really shrunk quite a bit. It's pretty amazing. It's fun to see how spun yarn looks up. It's hard to guess. At least for me. :-) I guess you'd better get back to scratching that itchy dog!

TracyKM said...

I LOVE the socks! They really make me want to learn to spin; I love the gradual colour change look.
And the mitten....so sad! It'd make a cute winter decoration :)

hakucho said...

Your socks are so pretty...I love how they are knitting up :)Sorry abut the mitten...too bad :( You better knit another pair before the cold weather comes again!

rhonrhon said...

Your yarn looks just like the trekking I just knit socks with - and I love it. Too bad about the mitten. Such an intricate pattern it had to be!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Yes! Your yarn is very Trekking, Monika. Quite attractive.

Violiknit said...

Beautiful socks! How cool that you have a unicorn-dog for a pet :) Sorry about that felted mitt...