Thursday, February 28, 2008

Finally... finished objects!

It's been a while since I've had a wearable finished object. Over the weekend and during the early part of the week I was feeling under the weather, so I actually finished a few:

Handspun sock yarn is a finished object, isn't it? I finally spun all of The Ranch "Fall" superwash merino into yarn. I'm really happy with the consistancy, and I think it'll knit into great socks.

Yardage: 718!

WPI: didn't measure, but thin. It's thinner than STR lightweight and koigu. It's closer in thickness to Trekking XXL or Wollmeise Sockenwolle.


First Handspun Project: resoleable house socks

Most of the yarn is from my second and third week of spinning, so it was a bit of a lumpy & bumpy adventure. The soles were knit first with a dk weight handspun toe-up, then I joined a sportweight handspun at the toe and knit up to the heel. They're great for cold Minnesota nights.

Last year I bought a skein of Jitterbug sock yarn in "Alizerine". I just loved this colorway, and coveted Miss T as she knit up her pair a few months ago. (Hers pooled in a much cooler way than mine.) They're terribly bright, and I absolutely love them.
They were knit toe-up with Judy's magic cast-on on two circulars, two at a time. I tried Charlene Schurch's reverse heel flap. It fits well, but I had to play with the gusset decrease to make it work. Recommendation: start the heel flap just before your arch starts to begin. It'll be much sooner than you think.


Amy said...

Ooo, the handspun is so pretty!

Kay said...

Cool socks! With toe up, the measuring is a worry. I guess if you do them all the time, you know exactly how long to make the foot before the heel.

And the handspun is totally gorgeous!

Guinifer said...

Your handspun is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Miss T said...

Love your handspun and love the Jitterbugs, of course!

Stacey said...

the sock yarn is beautiful! you could do a nice pair of patterned knee highs with that much yarn!!!!!