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Friday, August 25, 2006

Just to prove I still know how to knit...

...here is the second sock for this pair. Yep, I'm just starting the gusset now and at the rate I'm going, I should finish the sock by Halloween or so. Actually, I only picked up the sock again a couple of days ago, so its not quite that bad. We all seem to be getting into a rhythm with Finn now and I'm hoping that I'll have more time to knit soon. Yesterday I actually got about 12 rows done on my Mystery Shawl (yes, I designed it and I still don't have it done yet). I also started spinning something else - Merino and Kid Mohair. Its pure white and I'm going to make a cabled yarn* with it. I've never done a cabled yarn before but I think it will make the yarn strong - of course I'm planning some socks with it. While I'm spinning it, Edelweiss, from the Sound of Music keeps running through my head. I did notice that there is a pair of socks by that name in the new Fall Vogue Knitting. By the way, is it just me or is the Fall VK the BEST VK they've done in a long time? I've been feeling kind of lukewarm about VK lately and have been thinking of not renewing my subscription, but WOW, if they keep going the way they did this issue, I'll keep subscribing. They had a really great mix of high fashion things, things that are really wearable, and socks! If you don't subscribe, take a look at it, I think you'll be surprised, although honestly, I'm not caffeinated yet and I just noticed that this entire entry, while pretty much fiber related, wanders all over the place in topic and its one giant paragraph! I think I'll leave it that way. HA HA. Have a great weekend.

*For anyone who doesn't know what cabled yarn is: Cabled yarn is made by spinning the singles, then plying them together the opposite direction from the way they were spun (at this point you have a standard 2 ply yarn), but you over ply a little bit. Then, you go back and twist the 2 ply in the original spinning direction. You have a yarn made up of 4 plies, but its not a standard 4 ply yarn. I think its referred to as a 2 ply cabled yarn. I'll get some good pictures to explain all this as I spin.


Blogger Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

Glad to know you have been able to get so much done whil caring for Finn!! LOVE the sock!!!!! Looking forward to seeing the finished pair and some new pics of Finn!!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Lola Lee Beno said...

I'd have to agree with you about the fall issue of VK. The best i've seen in a long time. It looks like the classical style may be coming back . . .

12:21 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

If you do the socks in the current VK, I'd check for errata in the chart. I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure there's an error in it. I read about it on another blog.

12:44 PM  
Blogger V said...

Awesome job on the cabled yarn. What a talented spinner you are Melanie. And the Iris garden came out lovely. Makes me want to buy some tencel and wool and spin it now.

6:12 AM  

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