Sunday, September 30, 2007

New Pathways

Cat Bordhi's recently published book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters" ROCKS!!
It has been so much fun reading this book and making the little practice socks. After fininshing the two little ones, I am now ready to make a full size pair of socks using either sky or coriolis architecture. As soon as I finish plying the handspun that I'm working on, I will be eager to cast on! Now I need to decide on a pattern...
So far, I have found the patterns and techniques described in this book to be very well written and illustrated. I had no problems understanding the new techniques that I encountered. The LLinc and LRinc increases were easy to learn, and they turned out very nice and neat. Working a conceal wrap was also new to me, but this technique is also very well explained and easy to figure out. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who knits socks and likes to try new things.

Little Sky Sock - first learning sock
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay 100% wool worsted weight
Needles: Size 5 dpns
The sock architecture turned out great, but this little sock is knit so tightly that it may be bulletproof! It will make a nice christmas ornament this year.

Little Coriolis - second learning sock
Yarn: Lorna's Laces 100% superwash wool worsted weight
Needles: size 7 dpns
Using size 7 needles made a huge difference, and this sock turned out just wonderful. The yarn is unbelievably soft, and it is just so darn cute! I plan to start the second sock today.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I guess that I will start this blog with a FO...
I just finished my first pair of socks that will be sent to afghans for Afghans. The children living in Afghanistan need 100% wool double worsted weight socks to go to school. They also need hats, sweaters, blankets, mittens, etc. The website has all of the information you need to get started knitting for this wonderful charity organization (including patterns).
For the socks I just finished, Sam suggested that I cast on 32 stitches with size 9 needles. Using two strands of worsted weight wool and the magic loop method, I just kept on knitting from there. I tend to be a slow knitter, but these socks knit up unbelievably fast!! I cast on the second sock last Sunday, and it was finished by Friday night.
This is my first completed charity knitting project. Luckily, my LYS has a weekly meeting for charity knitting that I am finally able to fit into my schedule. This gives me a wonderful excuse to spend a few hours a week knitting with friends for a good cause. I will cast on my second pair of charity socks today... they are so much fun!