All knitting, all spinning, all the time

All knitting, all spinning, all the time

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Once bitten, twice shy

After talking to my beautiful daughter, I decided to weigh the other ball my old employer gave me (they only gave me 2 samples).

98 grams.

Grrrr ...

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Don't assume anything

Surprise surprise it's another pair of socks!

This time with a non-labelled, sample ball of yarn given to me by my old employer. You can see what's going to happen here, can't you ...

I started knitting these ones the same length of leg I normally do (approx 60 rounds), but when I hit the toe shaping ... the remaining ball of yarn looked suspiciously small. Too small for my liking. I weighed the offending ball on my dyeing scales & was horrified by what I saw. A measley 30 grams. I weighed the sock (allowing extra for my needles). 45 grams. Clearly, this was not going to work.

I gritted my teeth, frogged the entire sock (after using a few choice swear words) & began again with fewer stitches and a much shorter leg.

The finished socks come in at 70 grams with a tiny amount over. So much for "assuming" this unlabelled ball was the full 100 grams I expected!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Slow & steady ...

My knitting has slowed right down of late, but I keep plodding along (even when the pattern tries to throw me). This lovely pair is called "Twisted" from Knitty (hope that link works), and the yarn is Opal, but not your usual self-patterning one.
I needed to start decreasing for the toe before I'd finished shaping the instep. Otherwise they'd be long enough for clown shoes! I don't think you can tell though.

Now onto the next "travelling socks". I'm thinking another pair of Jaywalkers in a yummy Noro sock yarn that's in the stash ...