Thursday, December 31, 2009

Two Pairs of December Socks

The first is Oh, Christmas Tree!

Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 420 yard skein of Cherry Tree Hill merino fingering weight yarn from Alaskan Nancy on Etsy in Black Spruce colorway
Stitch Pattern:
Rnd 1: k2,p2
Rnd 2: ssk, yo, p2
Rnd 3: k2,p2
Rnd 4: yo,k2tog, p2

The second is Sugar Plum

Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 3.5 oz/100g approximately 460 yards 75% Merino wool, 25% nylon from Wool Candy on Etsy in Sugared Violet Marzipan colorway
Stitch Pattern:
Rnd 1: k7,p2
Rnd 2: k1,, k2tog,yo,k1,yo,ssk,k1,p2
Rnd 3: k7,p2
Rnd 4: k2tog,yo,k3,yo,ssk,p2

Monday, December 28, 2009

Too Ambitious

Ah..I thought that, because I had two weeks off work, I would have plenty of time for knitting socks and so I listed a long list of socks I was going to knit this month.

Well, that didn't work out as planned. I finished one pair and one sock each of two other pairs, and I'll be lucky to have three pairs done before the New Year. My plan now is to do a "Christmas in July" and knit the others (or perhaps just some of the others) then. A few which don't have names related to Christmas can be squeezed into other months. We'll see how that goes.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Book Reviews

These are not sock books, but they do have patterns in them, including some for socks.

The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parks

This book begins with an entire chapter titled "What is Wool?" In it the author discusses skirting and shorting, scouring fleece, how wool is spun into yarn, and dying yarn. Further in the book she describes difference sheep breeds and how that determines how the yarn will look, feel, and behave. This chapter is extremely detailed and fascinating

She further describes how wool "plays well with others"; in other words, how it can be blended with other fibers for different effects. Following these chapters she presents many beautiful patterns.

One was this scarf which I hope to find time to make this winter.

And, of course,socks.

A companion book by the same author is The Knitters Book of Yarn.

It begins with a chapter on fiber foundations (protein, cellulose, cellulosic, and synthetic) following by one detailing how yarn is made including yarn production by mills and microspinneries, farm yarns and fiber festivals, how yarn is colored, and how wool is prepared for spinning. The next chapter describes single ply, two-ply, three-ply, and four-ply and more and what projects they are each best suited for.

The rest of the book offers many patterns. These were some of my favorites:

These mittens are just gorgeous and another project I'd love to do this winter.

And more socks!

NOTE: Errata for The Knitters Book of Yarn can be found here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lollipop Socks

Needles: 2.25 dpn
Yarn: self-striping 420 yards of fingering weight Cherry Tree Hill Select 100% merino yarn from AlaskanNancy on Etsy