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Snowy Sunday Knitting

PortFiber Blogginess

Casey and Julie's ramblings on spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and of life in Portland, Maine.

Snowy Sunday Knitting

Casey Ryder

Today's snowy weather has got me knitting, but of course.  I've been working on a pair of socks for about a month now and just finished them up!  I dyed this Superwash Merino DK yarn a midnight blue, looked through a stitch-onary, and decided on a basket weave-y pattern.  Knitting socks for someone else can be tough, (1) because estimating shoe size can be tricky and (2), like with any hand-knit item that you intend on gifting, there is always the chance that the item will end up lost or felted OR just buried in a closet, unappreciated.  But fear not!  These socks are for a friend who has an unnatural obsession with sock-wearing.  We're talking doubling and tripling up on socks on a daily basis.  And also, we have the same foot size.  Huzzah!  

These were knit two-at-a-time from the toe up.  Once I got to the single ribbing cuff, I was antsy to finish.  I kept trying them on.  No, not quite long enough.  Noooo.  Still not quite long enough.  Until I decided, enough!  I looked up a nifty little bind-off in the rather large, but also rather comprehensive, The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt.  I had never used the "Grafted Cast-Off for Ribbing," but I'm always happy to learn a new technique and this one has a nice rhythm to it once you get going.  And the edge is neat and stretchy.  

One downside to knitting socks for someone with the same size feet as you is that it's harder to let them go.  Just look how happy my feet are!  Maybe I'll have to make myself a pair.

Knit socks, sleepy dog, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  

Knit socks, sleepy dog, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  

Ends woven in, and I'm on to my next project!  I was actually in pretty desperate need of the bamboo needles I was using on the socks for this next project--a Habu Textiles Drop Stitch Scarf using their Silk Stainless Steel yarn.  I had previously cast on with metal needles and oh my!  Way too slippery for such fine yarn.  Yes, it's a drop stitch scarf, but you're not supposed to drop the stitches until the end.  EEP!  Bamboo needles are a much better match.  

This is some pretty funky stuff.  It is superfine and the core of stainless steel allows you to mold the finished piece into all sorts of shapes.  Pretty wild!  I'm actually making very little progress because I keep pulling the scarf this way and that.  

The beginning of the drop stitch scarf plus and early Christmas present from the Jor Jor--Morrissey's autobiography.  Both are so beautiful :)

The beginning of the drop stitch scarf plus and early Christmas present from the Jor Jor--Morrissey's autobiography.  Both are so beautiful :)

SHAMELESS PLUG:  PortFiber also carries a linen stainless steel yarn and a wool stainless steel yarn along with a silk crepe, a tweedy silk, and a tsugumi silk, which has a linen-like texture.  (Did I mention that PortFiber is the only shop in Maine that carries Habu yarn?)  Thus ends the shameless plug. 

A close up.

A close up.

And no snowy Sunday would be complete without an adventure outside.  Donning many a knit garment, Jordan and I took Jackson out this afternoon for some frolicking, bounding, and snowbank hurdling.  And we met some neighbors who also had a Great Pyrenees mix and a backyard!  So Gus and Jackson became good friends while romping around, running in joyous circles, and burying each other in snow.  And then we headed home for more knitting and Buffy.  A great Sunday if you ask me.