I knit along on the denim sweater last night, put it away, slept on it, and this morning decided to abandon it.
I’m just not feeling the love. It’s not you, it’s me.
The yarn just does not seem quite right for the design in my head. What’s a girl to do?
Head into the Mighty Stash Room and pull out some Rowan All Seasons Cotton!
On the train into work, I knit this swatch:
While I was at it, I beefed up the cable from a 4-stitcher in the original plan to a 6-stitcher — mmmmmmm, I love plump cably goodness!
There were a few questions about the denim yarn — like why would you want to knit from it?
Think of your favorite pair of jeans, shrunk to fit you and faded over time to the perfect color. That, I think, is the allure of the denim yarn.
Did the blue rub off on my hands or needles? Not that I noticed, although there is a warning about the possibility on the label. Perhaps because I was using the lighter color there was less color transference.
Non-Wool Sock Yarns
There was question last week about sock yarns for the wool-sensitive.
Lo and behold! The fabulous Grumperina has a list on her site, here. Check it out, for lots of non-wool socky goodness!
More on Sock Yarns
I was just wondering about your needle size and stitch gauge for your Lorna’s Laces socks; are you knitting them on a smaller size needle and a tighter gauge than the yarn band recommends? Do you do it that way because you like a denser look and feel in a sock? I was just curious since I have some Lorna’s Laces sock yarn that I haven’t used yet and it seems to recommend a size 4 needle and a gauge of 6sts. to the inch.
Suzanne, I believe you have Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, not Shepherd Sock. Shepherd Sport lists a gauge of 6 sts/inch, while Shepherd Sock is 7 st/inch.
That said, I knit my Lorna’s Laces at 8 st/inch, which I achieve with a size 0 (2mm) needle. Your mileage may vary here. I tend to knit looser than some, so need a smaller needle to achieve the tight gauge.
Why knit it at 8 sts/inch?
I think the socks last longer knitted at a tighter gauge — I also think the smaller the stitches, the more comfortable the sock. I can feel the separate stitches of socks knit at a looser gauge. If the fabric is dense, I don’t feel ’em so much
Sock Yarn Stash Contest!
Alrighty boys and girls. I got over 900 entries in my sock yarn contest. I do not have enough sock yarn for 900 pairs of socks, so I’m afraid not all of you are gonna get sock yarn.
But some of you are. Over the next few days I’m gonna feature some of the amusing entries I got. For starters, this one from Snow:
The most compelling reason to send me some of your sock yarn stash is attached. Mewella worships Lucy, just as I worship your knitting skills. Besides, you gotta admit this one cute photo, non?
Yes, that is one cute photo! Lucy agrees!
And you gotta admire Snow’s entry — see, she’s sucking up to me while Mewella is sucking up to Lucy. It is a win-win situation!
By the way, Lucy seems over her infatuation with her styrofoam. Yes, the honeymoon is over.
This morning I took the ball band off the ball of All Seasons Cotton I was going to take to work to swatch on the train. Lucy fell on the ball band as soon as it was off the yarn and savagely ripped it up.
She has gone from nurturing caregiver to mighty huntress.