My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Still Mitering

Yes, I’m still mitering along.

miter041707 Still Mitering

Aussie Rosemary asked if I had considered an i-cord edging for the sweater.

I had, but I think I’ve decided against it. Because the body of the sweater is all garter stitch, I’d like the edging to have the same or similar texture. While this might not be an issue for a solid color sweater, I think there’s already enough going on with the 16 different colorways I’m using that a change in texture for the edging might be overkill.

Angeluna asked:
Did you consider doing your garter bands using one row at a time of all the colors you used?

It’s an interesting idea, but I think I’m going to stick with one color for the bands.

PlazaJen commented:
I’ve been watching the mitered sweater grow, and I’d be really interested to hear your opinion on the size of the squares, in relationship to the size of the person who’d be wearing it. I’ve often thought about making something similar – even took a class once wherein it made astonishing sense to design your own garment with the modular knits – but as a much-larger knitter, I have to think about not only the overall size & drape, but how the yarn will look assembled on a “larger canvas”, if you will. So do smaller blocks create a smaller pattern (that in turn flatter the wearer, in a smaller sort of way), or does it really matter? (Well, obviously it matters, because there’s such a thing as going too big and having a gigantic god’s eye greeting the world before you do…) I’d just be interested to know if you had developed some thoughts in the process of knitting this garment, that could help the ample-knitters approach a similar project. (Believe me, I haven’t even thought about pricing out a Koigu sweater for myself. I’m still in the gloriously naive place of concepting!!!!) TIA!

This is definitely food for thought.

I can’t say that I really thought about this much when I started the sweater. (Actually, that’s true of a lot of stuff in my life — act on instinct, think later. Sometimes that works really well. Sometimes, not so much.)

The way I started this sweater was to go into my sock yarn stash and pick out 16 different yarns, 8 in a predominantly brown colorway and 8 in a predominantly green colorway. Why brown and green? They are my two favorite colors, so I’ve got lots of yarns in those shades. Why 16? No particular reason — it just seemed like a good number to go with. I knitted a square starting with 25 stitches. Why 25? No particular reason. It just seemed like a good number to go with. Not too huge, not too small. While I like to knit socks on a 2mm needle, that seemed to small for this project — I wanted the fabric to be drapier. So I picked out a 3mm needle and started knitting. I liked the size of the square — 2.25 inches.

You could definitely make the squares larger or smaller — though I don’t think you’d want to go too far in either direction with the number of colors I’m using. As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve got some lovely handpainted silk that I’m picturing in my mind as a short-sleeved mitered sweater. Because it is all one colorway, and it’s a worsted weight yarn, I’m thinking I’ll make each square bigger. Perhaps I’ll stand them on end and make them diamonds. I haven’t thought it through yet.

And I’ve still got plenty of time to think about it!

Sock Yarns

Thanks for all your comments on favorite sock yarns. Most of the ones you mentioned I’ve heard of, but there were one or two I hadn’t, so I appreciate hearing about all of them.

Aussie Rosemary also asked if anyone’s used Colinette Jitterbug or SWTC Tofutsies.

While I’ve not used either, I have a skein of each. I’ve heard only good things about the Jitterbug, and I’ll knit it up eventually. Like I said — so many sock yarns, so little time!

The Tofutsies is another story. It looks sort . . . ugly . . . in the skein. I don’t know about it. I realize that I ought not to judge the yarn without knitting it, but truthfully I’m not terribly inspired to knit it up. Does anyone have any experience with it?

Lucy News

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Leslie asked how much Lucy weighs. She is a petite girl for a Ragdoll — she weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Several of you have asked about Lucy’s limp. She has pretty much stopped limping at this point. It’s barely discernible most of the time and when I came home from work today she trotted up to me with no limp at all. She does limp a bit when she first gets up from sleeping.

But then, so do I.

Comments

  1. I am looking forward to seeing other comments about the Tofutsies. I am not loving it! It seems to split and tangle easily, and is not knitting into a very nice fabric, no matter which size needle I try. Honestly if I had purchased it closer to home I might have tried to return it. Since I can’t I’ll keep working with it, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

  2. I think I slightly modified mitered square sweater would look very nice. Perhaps little multi-colored squares at the bottom going to just under the bust, and then a solid color from bust to neck. I like the way it looks in my imagination.

    Glad Lucy is on the mend. Been wondering.

  3. I’d be curious to know about the yardage on the Jitterbug. Is it enough for a pair of adult socks? I’d be tempted to go toe-up on those (I’m a cuff-down kind of gal).

  4. I knitted a pair of socks with Tofutsies a couple of weeks ago and liked it. It was a bit splitty so I switched from bamboo to metal needles. It did knit to a slightly tighter gauge than I usually get on the same size needles with the same number of stitches and that weight of yarn – but they fit the recipient so it was okay. I’d go with 4 extra sts next time. The patterning of the yarn was different in each section -striping in the baby cable ribbing for the top of the cuff, pooling of colors in the stockinette for the leg, and foot and a more even blend of colors in the eye of the patridge heel.

  5. I love colinette jitterbug! It’s a thicker/denser yarn than Koigu…. good stuff. The yardage is less, yes, but definitely enough for an adult pair of socks.

  6. I love the Jitterbug, too. It’s a nice tight twist, soft and never split, twisted or misbehaved in any way. The colours (mine was Toscana)blended into a lovely, evenly distributed tweedy fabric. The socks are wearing really well, too. I made them for my daughter and she has worn them many times with no sign of wear at all. I machine wash them and they haven’t shrunk, felted or pilled. I would definitely use this yarn again.

  7. I have a skein of jitterbug that I haven’t used. I’m kind of avoiding it because of the low yardage. Tofutsies is a bit splitty for sure, and the skeins can also tangle like the dickens, but it makes a very soft fabric.
    However, the colors aren’t very exciting.

  8. I was really excited about Tofutsies when I first heard that it was coming out because I really love Karaoke, but once I saw that it’s partially made of shrimp and crab shells I changed my mind. That’s just too strange for me. I hope Sea Wool and Sea Silk aren’t made out of anything like that – I think (hope)it’s just seaweed.

  9. What???? You aren’t going to do the edges in corrugated ribbing? **Ducks and runs**

  10. I’m so glad to hear the Lucy is doing much better! I’d never have guessed that she is only eight pounds, her fur makes her look larger.

    I really like how the mitered sweater is coming along and the back really did turn out lovely. I agree with you about doing the sleeves in the different colors also and that the I-cord would be too much texture-wise with this particular sweater. I can’t wait to see it finished as it is sure to be stunning!

    What does it mean when yarn is refered to as “splitty?” I sort of think I know what it means, but I’m not sure.

  11. I’m knitting your feather-and-fan socks in Tofutsies right now. As previously mentioned, the splitting and the tangling are non-negligible, probably because it doesn’t have a lot of twist to it. The fabric isn’t as smooth as I was hoping it would be, either.

    On the positive side, I’m only about halfway through with the first sock, but so far the color distribution is nice and even. I haven’t noticed any of the pooling or striping Carol mentions, though perhaps I just haven’t hit a bad section of the skein. I’m using the Light Foot colorway (light pink), and it does look very pretty, especially with the laciness of the feather-and-fan pattern. The fabric is also nice and light, a bonus if one lives in, say, Mississippi.

    Overall, I think maybe it’s not so much fun to knit with, but the sock recipient will hopefully enjoy wearing them.

  12. Re. fave sock yarn, the Fleece Artist Sea Wool is lovely to knit with and feels luscious to wear. I made a pair with your feather and fan pattern on the leg, with a ball donated by the very kind Valerie. :0)

    But my all time fave has to be Posh Yarn’s Lucia, 30% cashmere, 70% merino. (see http://www.poshyarn.co.uk) This yarn is just so soft on the feet and washes wonderfully in the machine – even though it says to handwash, I do mine on a 30 degree wash and have never had any problems. I can’t recommend this yarn enough. I love it! :0)

  13. For the price, I’m not impressed with the Jitterbug yardage – 267m(289yds)/100g. I don’t think that I’ll be trying it until I can get it on sale, especially since there are so many other lovely sock yarns out there!!

  14. I’m on my second pair of Jitterbug socks, and so far no problems with yardage. The first pair could have been a bit longer (pics on my blog), and that’s from someone with big wide feet. :)

  15. I’m just finishing a pr out of Tofutsies. It’s a little weird to work with, not as much elasticity as I like, but then it’s not 100% wool.It’s definitely a lighter weight sock, more for now than in winter.

    I’m using a basketweave pattern (Walker’s bks or Sensational socks), and it looks lovely, kind of like bargello blocks.

    It does want to split, but not offensively so. I’m using 2 metal circs, and it moves along ok.

    I’d use it again, but it’s not top of my list on faves.

    The one sock yarn that I can’t stand is Fixation. I’m rarely so vehement about a yarn, but this one drives me nuts.

  16. I like how everyone is thinking so much about your mitered sweater and asking questions; it’s a really creative learning process for me.

    I am currently knitting a pair of socks with Tofutsies. This is the third pair I’ve tried, and these are working. A friend of mine loves the stuff, and I broke my rule and bought multiple skeins of a new yarn. What I have found is that the fabric is nice for me when I knit it up on size one needles (about 8 spi), anything bigger is a disaster in terms of fabric or disconcerting pooling (like one side of the sock pink/red and the other blue/purple on a vertical axis). My second to last blog entry shows a picture of the cable-rib sock I’m knitting from a pink-white tofutsies yarn that I am liking very much so far. It is a soft fabric when knit up and it cables well. I’ve also seen a pair of the entrelac socks from the spring IK being knit in two different tofutusies while shopping at my LYS. The woman was pleased with the yarn for that project; they were surprisingly pretty considering how the colors looked in the skein.

  17. On the square size issue:

    I imagine you can’t go wrong with making smaller squares, as the smaller they go, the more they will blend together in a mosaic style. The larger you go though, the chunkier the squares and colors look. Though the next question would be how do all the sewn in ends affect the drape of the final garment? Is there an appropriate square size to woven ends ratio that could save us all from a bulky, chunky mitered knit with no drape? I imagine your 2 inch squares is about right, but I would love to see one in .5 inch squares. Of course, I don’t want to be the one to sew in or weave in the ends.

  18. I’m currently knitting a pair of Tofutsies socks, and have so far been pleasantly surprised. I haven’t had a problem with splitty yarn at all (I’m using metal needles, so maybe that helps). Also, the fabric it’s making is much softer than I would have imagined. It’s quite nice to play with.

    The colors look a bit strange in the skein, I’ll agree, but they’re coming out in a nice pattern on the sock itself. I have a few pictures up on my site from a few posts back, and once I turn the heel I’ll be putting up some more pics. I like the yarn. I’m not sure if it’s my new favorite, but I would definitely knit with it again.

  19. Hi! I am knitting with Tofuties and love it. I am using size 0′s as it is quite thin. I can see with blunt needles how it might be splitty because of the way it is plied together — it looks like each ply is something different. But using super sharp KnitPicks, it is fine. In any case, I am using color #731 and so far its beautiful. Mostly a heathered light pink with the dark pink coming in as very narrow stripes. The sock itself seems very light and breathable — a good summer sock! Later I will post a picture on my blog.

  20. Blogaversary Winner Freakout!!!!

    Whoa- when I heard a prize of “fibery goodness”, I had in mind, what? a few balls of fluffy mohair…. or maybe something really silky and yummy…. you know, two, three balls/skeins max.

    Oh my gosh—- I want to thank you, Wendy, first for the contest, and your random number picker for pulling me out of Lurkdom, and all of your readers for the great comments those couple of days, that made me laugh so hard and throw my name in the ring.

    I’ve been out of town at a family funeral thing, and got home to this bulging Priority Mail package…. 5 skeins of Provence (Classic Elite) cotton in a gorgeous light mossy color, 2 skeins of something handpainted called Spectrum- a local Alexandria wool/tencel in a wonderful green/yellow mix, and scads (5 skeins? 6?) of KnitPicks laceweight merino in “Grape Jelly”—- AUGH!!!! I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!!!!!

    (OK- no sending me your addresses- I may not be worthy, but I’m keeping it!)

    So, just to add, my two favorite colors are purple and green, and since Wendy is the one who got me back into knitting socks, I have to admit that I’d lately been thinking I should try lace again too, which has made me bonkers in the past.

    So first, thank you all! Thank you Wendy, especially, thank you Lucy for donating kitty fluff to my stash- such a treat in a house with 3 dogs!-, and please- if anyone knows of a really easy- dare I say tearless- lace pattern for something, do let me know. I’m flipping through the Morehouse Merino book right now, but I can really use the help!

    Sending you and yours much knitting joy, from snowy New Hampshire!

  21. Will you model your mitered sweater for us.I am intregued by the little squares. I have a horrible time getting things to gage no matter who they are for, even after I swatch. But I keep trying. There are no knitting classes around where I live so I have to get my instruction where I can. (I have been lurking here for some months, ever since I bought your Wendy Knits book – I have tried your toe up socks and really like the toe part. I am trying other heels to see if I want to do them). – Linda

  22. I’m ashamed to admit that Twinkie weighs more than Lucy! And she’s been on a diet ;)

  23. Wow – that’s all she weighs?! She’s just so fluffy she looks much larger/heavier. Heck, May probably weighs around that. :)

  24. I have used SWTC Tofutsies. It looks really good in something predominantly stockinette, but I made Monkey socks with them and they turned out well. Plus they feel so good on your feet with a silky feel to them.

  25. Regarding Tofutsies:

    I fell in love with one of the colorways so I gave it a shot. It knits up rather nice on US 1s in a basic 2×2 rib toe up sock. It’s a nice soft yarn and I like the fabric it has made and I also think it would make a good summertime sock. I found it a bit splitty but figured it could just be me.

  26. I think solid color bands are going to be de rigeur for this design, since you have so much color going on in the jacket. A solid color is going to rein the eye in and “frame” the mitered squares. Just one more opinion.

  27. Standing the squares on end to make diamonds (in the quilting world) is called “on point”. One suggestion to do this with the mittered squares would be to make them all square and then “steek” the edges along the half and quarter diamonds. It creates some waste but if you could sew them tight enough so they don’t unravel this would be very easy to put together.
    This website(http://quiltingpassion.com/tutorials/On-Point/)
    takes you through how some quilters set in the edge tringles, but I like using all squares and cutting off what I don’t need.

    I really think this would make a completely different looking garment!!

    I’d love to see what you come up with. It may inspire me to try this myself. I think the miter squares are just great fun to knit.

    Jude

  28. I’m using Tofutsies on size 0 metal circ. The first row or two drove me mad, but after that I didn’t find it nearly so splitty. I’m loving the fabric that I get with it, but I’m doing a very stretchy pattern (bayerische). The shrimp and crab shells is a bit of an oversimplification, it’s made from chitin which someone explained to me is a sugar compound found in the shells. It doesn’t make the yarn weird in any way. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a point to it other than a gimmick, but I would definitely use this yarn again. I wish they’d come out with some solids.

  29. I just finished a pair of Tofutsie socks. They worked out to 10 spi on 2.75 mm Brittany Birch needles. The yarn wasn’t too splitty, and I love the silkiness. I’ve got a picture on my April 4 blog of the color swirls.

    Your stash continues to amaze me, Wendy. 8 hues of green sock yarn and 8 hues of browns? :)

  30. Ihave knit a couple of pair of socks from Tofutsies and like it ok. The 3rd pair is from a skein that was given to me by a friend and it had 4 knots in the first 50 yards or so. I’m not liking the way the colors are stacking up either on this skein.

    The fabric is nice, it’s soft and drapey without sagging and they wash up even softer.

    So, I guess it’s a draw. I didn’t have any splitting problems.

  31. The sweater is looking so nice! I appreciate your sharing the process, it inspires me to think a little about my knitting. I HAVE been knitting, but it’s secret right now. I don’t limp when I wake up, but I do stumble sometimes ;-) {Lucy}

  32. Steph B. says:

    Lucy is a tiny ragdoll. Merlin got weighed last week and is 20lbs! Of course he is a boy, so he should be little bigger, but 20lbs?!! He’s a moose cat! Our calico, Erica, is more like Lucy, a dainty little 8 pounds of love. But one guess who rules the roost… Girl power is alive and well in the cat world!

  33. I’ve made 4 pair of socks with Tofutsies. They were all stockinette, worked at 9 spi on size 1 needles. The yarn does split easily, but the fabric is very nice. Three of the colors striped very nicely, but the other one pooled. It’s really hard to tell from looking at the ball how the colors will emerge. My favorite is color #728, bright yellow, orange and purple.

    I just got some of the Jitterbug as a gift. It’s wonderful to work with, very soft and springy, and the colors are beautiful. It’s a little heavier, but I still got 8 spi on size 1 needles. The only problem is that I have very small feet and the color was pooling in a way I didn’t like. I’ve ripped and will restart with a pattern, or make them for someone with wider feet.

  34. Wendy – Regarding your idea of mitered squares set on the diagonal (as mentioned earlier, “on point” in quilting language). I know you like to work out your own patterns but you might like to glance at one already made for one idea – Jill Vosburgh at “Just One More Row” has a sleeveless/shortsleeved sweater along these lines. I don’t remember the name but she has several lovely patterns to look at anyway…

  35. Claudia W says:

    I recently completed a pair of socks with the SWTC Tofutsies. The color way was # 722. They were knit with Addi Turbo’s using the 2 circular needle technique on US1 / 2.5 mm.

    I have to agree that I found that the yarn did split although the end resulting fabric was soft.

    I am torn if I would recomend this particular yarn as the splitting drove me crazy, but I did appreciate the end result.

  36. Stephanie says:

    I’m doing a pair of toe up socks in Jitterbug now and I bought two additional hanks at my LYS in different colorways (297 yards per hank) for additional pairs. I split it in half for two socks and have a decent sock for my size size 8 1/2 feet.

    I did figure 8 cast on for the toe but used a gusset, heel flap, etc for the heel. I added some lace design with some simple stuff at the top. It’s about 6 inches on the leg right now and I have started the other sock (just in case I didn’t split properly!). Of course, I’m not aiming for knee socks. Perhaps it depends on the pattern. I’m freestyling without a pattern on US size 1 dpns. Good luck.

  37. I’m a little torn on Tofutsies. As people above have said, it is a bit splitty. Also, while the colors look better knit up, there are far more beautiful yarns out there.

    That being said, the way the fabric feels on my feet makes me want to weep with joy.

  38. I love my Tofutsies!!!! I have knit 2 pairs. The yarn did not split or twist or do anything crazy. It may feel thin in the skein but it does bloom after washing. I usually use steel dpns for socks but I had to buy a pair of ‘stickier’ bamboo dpns because the steel needles kept falling out of the sock. But that’s my only complaint. The socks feel cool when you first put them on and they’ll be great summer socks. I’ve worn and washed my socks (in the washing machine; laid flat to dry) about 6 times now and they are one of my favourites. They’re thinner so I can wear them with my tighter shoes. My first pair striped very nicely. The second pair pooled (the colour runs were much shorter).

  39. I just finished a pair of socks with Tofutsies, and I have to say I like it. While it is a bit splitty, it knit up soft and cushy. I usually knit socks with size 1 needles, but found I had to go down to a 0 with this yarn. I used a rib pattern and really like how the socks came out. The colors struck me as Trekking-like, although a lot brighter. I would use this yarn again.

  40. I knitted with Tofutsie and loved it. It actually knitted up really nicely.
    Joy

  41. Holly Abery-Wetstone says:

    I knit my son a pair of socks in the Tofutsies and had a devil of a time getting him to test drive/walk them. I probably shouldn’t have told him what the yarn was made of. However, after some nagging he tried them and they are much softer once washed. He does like and wears them often. I enjoyed knitting with the yarn, used size 0 US needles and made up my own sneaker style sock pattern. The yarn was pretty nice to work with and I will definately use this yarn again.

  42. Holly Abery-Wetstone says:

    I knit my son a pair of socks in the Tofutsies and had a devil of a time getting him to test drive/walk them. I probably shouldn’t have told him what the yarn was made of. However, after some nagging he tried them and they are much softer once washed. He does like and wears them often. I enjoyed knitting with the yarn, used size 0 US needles and made up my own sneaker style sock pattern. The yarn was pretty nice to work with and I will definately use this yarn again.

  43. I just finished a pair of socks in Tofutsies. I usually knit socks on #2 needles and had to go down to #1 needles. I knit them in a plain stockinette pattern. The yarn was splitty, but I was knitting on bamboo dpns. The colors in my yarn did not pool or do anything weird (sorry, I can’t find the ball band,so I don’t know the color number). The socks have a nice overall tweedy effect. I wore the socks last week, and they were very comfortable. I washed them yesterday and put them in the dryer. This was the real test. They came out so soft and fluffy. So, the knitting experience was so-so, but the finished product is great.

  44. i was pretty unimpressed by the tofutsies when in came in to the LYS where i work. some customers jumped on it, others passed it by. this sunday, a customer brought in her knit-in-one-week easter socks out of the most multicolored colorway they make. they are the softest, loveliest socks i’ve seen in a very long time. the fabric is firm, but drapey, with a good body and a nice hand. the customer had worn, washed, and dried them and they looked like she’d just kitchenered her toes. everyone in the store immediately bought a skein for themselves.

    i wasn’t a believer, but after seeing those socks, i’m a tofutsies convert!

  45. I’m doing my first sock ever out of jitterbug — i’m doing 2×2 ribbing all the way down so am a bit concerned about running out of yarn, but i’m hopeful!
    I have another skein of it that I’d like to have all wound up and ready to go, but sadly I think I got a defective skein — its broken and tied together in about ten places! :( Has anyone else had issues with that?
    Glad Lucy’s feeling better!

  46. I think the silk diamonds would be quite elegant! (But see, I’m not the one who has to wear the sweater/top so I can say what I want!)

    Can’t wait to see how you tackle that project.

  47. Wow the miters are coming along. I still love the colors.

    I am glad to hear that Lucy is feeling much better.

    I have a few skeins of the Tofutsies, but haven’t knit with it. I have heard good things about it, but I know that not everyone likes the same yarn. Hope you have a pleasant experience with it.

  48. In regards to PlazaJen’s question about a mitered sweater for ample knitters (I’m glad she used that term… it helped me remember the name of the site I was looking for), the AMPLE KNITTERS list did a group project for a mitered sweater called the Diamond Patch sweater ages ago, and I think it turned out nicely and flattered almost everyone that made one.

    Here’s a link… if you scroll down through the page, there are a few photos shown.

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/dp.html

    I seem to remember seeing more photos when I first came across the site, but there’s only a few there now. Maybe the others are just elsewhere on the site.

    Oh, yep… here we go:

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?132

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?88

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?86

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?80

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?53

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?17

    http://www.ample-knitters.com/gallframe_js.html?2

    HTH

  49. Love the Mitered sweater! I think you are starting a new fashion trend. I am glad Lucy isn’t limping anymore…poor baby!

  50. Anne Leedham says:

    Not a tofutsie fan. It knitted up well, a little splitty, but at a manageable rate. The fabric doesn’t seem to have the life that wool or wool/nylon has. And there is something about the fabric that makes the sock twist around as I wear it. Nothing like having the heel of your sock sticking up! The twisting could be from my shoes, the way I walk or the cotton/soy in the fabric sticking to my shoe and moving when I walk.
    A guild member swears by the stuff and has a pair of socks in every color. To each their own.

  51. Ingrid in Philly says:

    I bought a skein of Jitterbug in a lovely purple/pink colorway with blues & greens thrown in for good measure. I can’t speak to how it does with socks, as I used it to make a beautiful openwork scarf to dress up a plain black dress, but it was wonderful to work with. Very soft, not splitty, the colors are vibrant (just what I wanted) and the drape is beautiful. It has a wonderful soft give (squishy-ness) to it, and it blocked nicely. I’m planning on another skein for socks for my next smaller project (after I do hubby’s aran sweater…)I know the yardage isn’t huge, but it looked to me to be plenty for a pair of socks. I had enough left over after my generously long scarf to make a couple of headbands for my girls, which they love, too. :)

  52. I’m knitting Tofutsies in a blue/blue colorway, and although the yarn itself is thin and non-stretchy, the fabric (on size 1 or 1.5, I can’t remember) is very soft and stretchy. I’m looking forward to wearing these in the summer. I’m using your toe-up pattern for the foot/heel and a pattern called Tidal Wave for the leg (it’s designed for Tofutsies.) I will knit it again.

  53. Wow, there are a lot of sock knitters commenting! Very helpful information for us sock novices. I’m glad Lucy’s limp is subsiding. I limp first thing in the morning too.

  54. Well, now I feel terrible about saying something about the shrimp and crab shells in Tofutsies. After reading about how much everyone likes it I ordered some and printed out the Tidal Wave pattern to make with it!

  55. Another gal over here who loves Jitterbug. It was a lot of fun to knit, and I had no problems making a pair of adult sized socks. I do, however, have smaller-than-average feet.

  56. I adore Jitterbug – have done two pairs out of the lovely stuff and can hardly wait for the LYS to restock!!!

  57. I bought a skein of Tofutsies last week — everybody’s comments have been interesting. At the same shop I saw a vest made with mitered squares and it was gorgeous.

  58. Has anyone else noticed that you have 16 colors, and 16 is a perfect square? Also, you cast on 25 stitches, and 25 is also a perfect square?

    I just noticed, that’s all!

    Ruth

  59. I agree with Beverly about Just One More Row patterns. Jill (the owner) is fantastic, and the patterns are really good. I have one of her sweaters done-but-for-sleeves, because I need to figure out how to eke out long enough sleeves from not enough yarn (it’s a hand-dye I can’t reacquire).

    I started a Tofutsies sock and didn’t like how papery and non-resilient the yarn felt. The ribbing looked like overcooked spaghetti. I frogged it. I think I may try again with a toe-up pattern and finish the top with a garter band instead.

  60. I’ve made one sock with Tofutsies and am really going to have to force myself to make the second one. It certainly doesn’t have that nice sproingy feel of Koigu or the softness of Apple Pie. It feels kind of, well, stringy. I didn’t notice much splitting, tangling or knots, and it striped and pooled ok. I’m hoping it will soften up in the wash. (One more thing — although I don’t notice any discernible smell, my dog seems really interested in sniffing the skein — moreso than anything else in my stash. Got to be the seafood proteins.)

  61. Ummm….you certainly can make an I-cord in garter stitch if you wish. Or, make it in reverse stockinette; that’s close enough for most people.

  62. Marianne Y says:

    I love reading all of your sock knitting readers’ comments on both Tofutsies & Jitterbug sock yarns, as I did not know much about either. I do have some Tofutsies yarn in a couple of colorways because I was curious about the shrimp shells part of it, but I have not tried to knit with it yet. Jen’s comment about her dog’s being interested in sniffing the Tofutsies is interesting, since I have two small dogs, both of whom think they need a bite of shrimp, too, if we are eating it…They do love to eat shrimp (and crab, too for that matter).

    I would love to try some of the Jitterbug, in Lagoon (I think that’s the name of the colorway) or something. It would be great if Sheri would start carrying that, but I know she is busy stocking up on lace yarns. Oh well–I can wait…

    Wendy, I love watching your progress on your mitered-square sweater. What a fun project! And, I’m really happy to hear that Lucy is recovering so well.

  63. I love the way your socks look, and am really wanting to attempt a decent toe up sock for once and for all! I wanted to start out on a pair for my 1 year old, who is in a size 5 shoe. To use the short row toe that you give instructions for on knitty, would I start out with less stitches? How does one know how many stitches to start out with?

  64. Katherine says:

    I adore my Tofutsies socks! Friends twisted my arm to try to knit them during the week before Easter. I was kitchnering in the pew before the service started, but I finished them! They feel fantastic, and everyone who sees them loves them.
    Here are my knitting impressions:
    1) I like to knit ribbing on bamboo & stockinetee on metal (dpns). They did seem to want to split a little more on the bamboo.
    2) I knit the first 3.5 inches on a size 2 and the rest of the sock on size 1.5 (2.5mm). The part with the looser gauge pooled a little (but very attractively), and the tighter gauge (8 sts/in) striped.
    3) These are my first non-wool socks, so I tried not to have preconceptions about the yarn. I found that the yarn was much more pleasant to knit with than I anticipated. Not like knitting with an inelastic string (but probably not like knitting with Panda, either).
    I would definitely knit another pair!

  65. You mentioned Colinette Jitterbug: I love it. I have knit several pairs of socks with it, and they are washing and wearing very nicely. It knits up top a nice firm fabric for me on 2.25 mm needles, and in appearance and feel is very much like Koigu KPPPM, but from my experience, whilst it feels just as soft and lovely, so far it is more hardwearing than the Koigu. I’m knitting a pair in the colourway Popsicle at the moment, and the colours are just so loud and fab! I have more waiting in the wings, too. Definitely in love with this yarn!

  66. Oh and definitely enough for adult socks! 110g skein. i do mine top-down with a generous length on the ankle, for my large feet, and I always have some left over.

  67. What a great way to use up leftover sock yarn; I’ll have to remember that.

  68. I hope Lucy doesn’t develop a fake limp. I have a poodle that can fake-limp, fake-cry and fake-wretch. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I have kids that learn how to fake things.

  69. I read somewhere that fabric patterns should be proportionate to the wearer – so I think petite women shouldn’t wear clothes with large patterns and plus size women shouldn’t wear clothes with very small patterns.

    But I’d like to see someone in each category wear both so I can see why stylists say this.

  70. Your cat is so tiny. Our cat is down to pleasantly plump after her most recent vet visit at about 11.5 pounds.

    I wanted to try the Tofutsies, but am still trying to decide if it bothers me that it uses chitin. I keep thinking about it, because I think I need to know how they are acquiring the chitin to know for certain if I can use it. I’m fairly strict about sustainability (and not killing animals) for my food and yarn.

  71. The chitin is from the shrimp and crab shells, which are discarded anyway when they are used for food– just like how the Soysilk is made of the remnants of tofu manufacturing.

    I love Tofutsies- I’ve finished 2 pairs so far. No, it’s not going to feel/act just like a 100 or 80% wool sock, it’s only 50% wool (plus cotton, soysilk, and chitin). But the fabric is cool, soft, and light, and with natural antibacterial properties. Perfect for warmer weather socks. I did one pair in a lacy pattern and they look really nice. There are (I think 15) new colors of Tofutsies coming out soon, too. (Yes, I design for SWTC, but I really do like this yarn.)

    As for Jitterbug, I like that too. The colors are so gorgeous! I just wish the yardage was a bit more generous. I haven’t knit it yet, but I have a couple of skeins in the stash.

  72. Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy says:

    Glad Lucy’s better!

    I’ve only made only a fingerless mitt from the Tofutsies, and liked it. (Other projects came up; the weather warmed; I’ll do the second one soon, I PROMISE.) I agree with Alison on the unyielding feel of the yarn, which makes the springy-squishiness of the fabric so surprising. I loved the way the green and violet pooled on the wrist, striped on the thumb increases, and pooled again on the palm. I may go from size 2 (iirc)to 1′s; the 2 is a little too loose.

    Someday, when I graduate to socks, I’ll definitely use Tofutsies for at least one pair.