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Consistency, and a cat

November 17, 2008

I finished my wine colored Dolomite socks. They fit perfectly. This is one of those clever stitch patterns that is elastic enough to fit properly all the way up one’s calf.

The pattern is from Knitspot, and the yarn was Dream in Color Smooshy in the color ‘In Vino Veritas’ which is a lovely semisolid shade of garnet. The socks are tall enough and I had plenty left to put in the leftovers pile.

Since I could not keep my hands off of that Tessyarns ‘Baby Bunny’ sock yarn with angora in it, I took it out and cast on. I’m using the Riverbed architecture and trying out the ‘grapevine’ stitch pattern from one of the Charlene Schurch books (the jury is still out on whether the pattern is totally obscured by the yarn).

After I got the yarn wound and saw it in the ball instead of in the hank, I smacked myself on the forehead. Am I not consistent??

(Also Tess yarn, and evidently the same colorway…)

Sigh. At least it’s easy to know what I like.

I spent a great deal of time plying yesterday. I got the first skein of shetland X merino plyed. I was going for a cushy worsted weight yarn and I sort of almost got it. This hank is 3.4 ounces and about 200 meters, which I guess is about DK.

It is very nice and silky and soft but with a little of merino’s poof to it. I hope my consistency can extend to my spinning and I can get the whole lot spun up the same.

I also sat at the Quebec wheel for a few hours on my day off and filled a bobbin with some of the brown bluefaced leicester left from my swing coat project. I was spinning fine and tight in the hopes of getting 3 ply sock yarn – with 8 ounces available to me I thought maybe I could spin for those yummy Cookie A. kneesocks in the fall Twist Collective.

I came close but I think the yarn is a tad too heavy. I plyed it hard so it is DENSE.

This is about 130 meters and about 2.8 ounces – it looks like the right weight when you just examine it visually but I think it would knit up at more like 7 stitches per inch and so I will have to make up my own knee socks or find a pattern made for yarn one step heavier than regular sock.
My little helper was feeling neglected, I think. Every time I got up to get a drink or wind off a skein, I found this in my spinning chair upon my return.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2008 10:53 am

    The socks are lovely, the pattern does look great. Poor neglected cat … I have one like that too!!!

  2. November 17, 2008 11:16 am

    Beautiful yarns and spinning. My cats do the same thing. It’s a warm spot!

  3. November 17, 2008 4:12 pm

    How nice of your little helper to keep your spot warm for you. What a cutie. Your spinning is just perfection. I’d like to give that Shetland/Merino skein a squeeze.
    The socks are lovely. I’ve turned into a fan of Smooshy. It feels great to work with. I bet those bunny socks are going to feel decadent.

  4. November 18, 2008 6:53 am

    That shetland merino needs to be squooshed.

  5. November 18, 2008 4:59 pm

    Love the socks! Did you use two skeins of the Smooshy?

  6. Jan permalink
    November 21, 2008 6:24 pm

    Beautiful skeins and the Dolomites are awesome. It’s going to be a nice and cozy winter at your house. 🙂

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