Wow! Thank you for all your extremely kind comments about Dungarvan! I am very happy with it, as I said yesterday. It actually turned out like I expected it to. Always good when that happens, you know.
Anne C asked:
Couple questions: how did you seam it, did you use mattress st on the seed stitch? And did you actually sew the leather buttons on? If so, what will you do when it comes time to wash it? (realizing it won’t require a lot of trips through the laundry, since it’s a jacket, but…)
I seamed using backstitch, because I think that’s stronger than mattress stitch and I want this to be a tough jacket. (“Lookit me — I am so tough and cool in my cabled cardi!”) While on the whole I think mattress stitch makes a prettier seam, if you backstitch carefully, you’ll have nice results.
I did sew the buttons on with the same yarn the cardi is knitted from. When the time comes to launder it, I’ll suck it up and remove them, then re-attach them after washing. Yeah, it’s a pain. I briefly considered attaching the buttons with safety pins from the wrong side, but went ahead and sewed.
So . . . what’s next in the knitting line-up?
I seem to be teetering on the edge of another Cable Era. I’ve got a bunch of cabley ideas swimming around in my head and you know — they gotta come out sometime.
In the past I’ve not really made a point of knitting for the season, so I may be working in wool for a while yet. But you never know . . . a cotton sweater might sneak in somewhere. And it may be soon . . . (insert ominous music here).
But Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
I fear that I am besotted with socks. Here are my Feather and Fan Socks That Rock:
I confess that I adore them.
They are knitted from Blue Moon Fiber Arts “Socks That Rock” sock yarn in the Azure Malachite colorway on size 0 (2mm needles). The foot is 64 stitches around, and after I turned the heel, I increased to 72 stitches around and did the feather and fan pattern.
I’m very happy with this. I have one ankle larger than the other (thanks to a horrific accident years ago) and increasing the size of the sock right above the ankle makes them much more comfy to wear. The texture of the feather and fan pattern does make my ankles look particularly chunky, but hey! I never said this is haut couture.
These are what I wear when I want my feet lookin’ fancy:
Anyone want to hazard a guess about how quickly I fall on my face when I put those shoes on and attempt to walk?
But I digress.
I started a new sock. Surprise, surprise! Alert the media!
These will also be for me and they are being made from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, which is one of the loveliest, yummiest sock yarns around, as far as I’m concerned. The colorway is one of my favorites: Gold Hill. You may recall that I made a lace shawl in Helen’s Laces in the Gold Hill colorway last year.
This yarn is finer than the Socks That Rocks, so I made the foot 68
inches stitches around (still knitting on my size 0 needle). I once again increased to 72 stitches after turning the heel, and started a feather and fan pattern, that is just barely discernible in the photo.
But I’m not doing a purl row in this feather and fan like I did for the Socks That Rock. I thought I’d do it all stockinette and see how I liked it. Variety. It is the spice of life. Ya know?
So, kiddos, I may be working on simply socks for the rest of the week, as I’ve got a number of things to deal with that will cut into my knitting time this week. But maybe I’ll make a swatch or two for an aran design. You just never know . . .
One More Thing
Having a sock yarn stash of epic proportion does not preclude one from buying new sock yarn.
Whatever makes my mommy happy is fine with me!