I’m not sure if it’s a healthy thing to do, but I’m really giving it my best shot. Since I’m “officially back” my mind has been flooded by a lot of ideas about knitting and patterns. I’m really excited about having time to knit and spin again and apparently my brain got the memo this time.
One of the first signs of startitis is the preparation part where I order large amounts of yarn. I love sock knitting and I recently discovered the new drops fabel colors, and of course I had to order some. As you know, winter is coming and as a knitter I have to prepare the right way. Knitting socks for my family is part of my duties as a knitter (lol, I was born in the wrong century you know…).
I love me some expensive, unique and hand-dyed sock yarn, but drops fabel is a very nice quality yarn for a very good price. It’s exactly what you need for guilt free socks. I wear my handknit socks a LOT. I mean I wear them constantly and I don’t want to feel bad about wearing them (out). Because I will wear them until they’re beyond repair. I’ll repair them if I can (if I catch it in time), but I’ll wear them out in the end anyway. The good thing about drops fabel is that it’s a very cheap yarn, but it can take quite a beating. (which is exactly what I’m looking for in a sock yarn that’s actually going to be used for sock knitting).
I order my Drops/Garnstudio yarns from Finlandia Import. I really like them because they’re very quick and very friendly. Also, they work at 23:15… (or at least they reply your emails at that time of night).
As you may be able to see I also ordered two hanks of drops lace. A while ago I bought three hanks of Misti Alpaca lace yarn (pictured above), but I needed something to combine it with. The drops yarn is the exact same weight and (I also believe) material so it should be a great match. The misti alpaca yarn is very nice, but it’s a bit much, so I needed a neutral color to tone it down a bit.
I’m really excited about the muted fabel colors and I really can’t wait to try them out! One of the patterns I’m going to knit first is Gaius by Dutchwooldiva. I had joined the summer KAL that started on July 1st, but this is about as far as I got:
The picture shows a DWD glitter yarn in purple’s and teal, but I had originally bought this yarn to knit something else and my heart really wasn’t in it. I wanted something a bit more muted, but I didn’t have anything, so that’s how I decided to buy me some neutral sock yarn in the first place.
I’m going to cast on soon, but first I need to finish some other wips:
Here’s my clown vomit socks. I had originally bought this yarn because I thought I could make a pattern, but I honestly think it looks beter on vanilla socks. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern for the heel and I don’t think I’ll ever use another heel again. This heel makes total sense and it’s so super easy! You can use this pattern for both top down and toe up socks, so I’m happy to say I’m now also able to knit toe-up socks that actually fit me (perfectly I might add!).
It took me a while but I’m finally done spinning the nunoco fiber (colorway bayou) for my son’s blanket. It became a (very) light fingering weight, chain plied yarn and I couldn’t be happier. It’s 300 grams but I haven’t measured the lenght yet. I think I’ll measure the weight of 10 meters and calculate an average because I really couldn’t be bothered to count 😛
I cast on for a ten stitch blanket (using 20 stitches and 3mm needles) and I’m really liking the way it’s turning out. Sorry for the phone quality of some of these pictures, I don’t have the time (yet) to make sure all the pictures are taken with the camera. Sometimes I need to take a few quick snaps using my phone or not take any pictures at all.
I find the pattern clearly written and easy to follow, but I chose to use my own favorite short row method instead. So my blanket might look a bit different than the one you’ll get when you follow the pattern. It’s something I can live with though, because I’m so used to my own short-row method, I don’t think I can use another method in my brainless state of mind.
In other news, you may remember this yarn I spun on my russian style spindles a while ago, using the minibatts by DWD. My friend was so kind to offer to knit a shawl for me using my handspun. I really love how it turned out, and I think she’s super awesome for knitting me this shawl! At first I wasn’t sure what to do with those minibatts, but now that I’m seeing them in shawl form I’m really excited about them!