FO – Socks AND a Hat
Posted by Amber on May 6, 2006
First, everyone say hello to Alissa, she’s awesome, and she’s new to the world of knitblogs, and she works at Stitch DC.
Last night I finally got around to finishing my second sock. Why you may wonder, when it has been happily sitting on my shelf for a month, just waiting for me to sew up the toe? Because I ran out of footies to wear with my evil shoes, and it would have been silly to wear athletic footies with my evil shoes — purple footies that clashed with my skirt were a much better option!
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (lost the label, I think it’s color 426)
Needles: 2 addi turbos, size 1
Pattern: Holly from Knit Happens socks on 2 circs (free with purchase of a class)
Overall: Too warm to wear out today (it was 80 something, I think), but so soft. The heel is feeling very thin (but very soft) after just one day in some shoes. Perhaps a tighter gauge would help.
The shoes are evil because the back cuts into my ankle and makes me bleed, if I don’t have something between my skin and the shoe. But they’re adorable, and everyone always complements them. Here is a very blurry picture of my shoes (with the socks).
I’ve also recently finished a hat. Pretty basic top down pattern, from The knitting fiend (down for now), ribbed and then folded back. It used 1.5 balls of the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (in Eggplant)
Yarn: Cashmerino Astrakhan
Needles: 2 circs, size 7 (I’m loving knitting in the round on two circs. I may never go back)
Pattern: Sort of based on the generator, mostly: double your stitches every other row until it fits around your head. Then 2×2 rib for ~10 inches, or until you can fold it over and it still covers your ears (unless you don’t like your ears covered by your hat, in which case, knit less than 10 inches).
Thoughts: I love 2 circs, and I love this top down hat idea (try it on as you go!), but I HATE the DB Astrakhan. After one day on my couch and a 10 minute trip to starbucks in my bag, the crown of the hat looked like horrific shag carpeting that was worn out and ready to be replaced. The ribbed part doesn’t look as bad, but the top is just BLAH. On the bright side, the loopy texture hides the increases, so I was able to to a KFB increase all the way around, and it isn’t noticable at all. Also, it is VERY soft and seems like it will be very warm this winter.
Tomorrow is Maryland Sheep & Wool. I think I’m going to go, mostly to check out the Chester Farms booth, since the wool is supposed to be naturally superwash, but the closest store that sells it is far far away. As is the farm itself.