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STR braun’s woods

DH likes the hiking socks I’ve knit for him and he finally convinced me to knit a pair for myself:

Blue Moon Socks That Rock Mediumweight
colorway Braun’s Woods

I am still trying to decipher what a sock will look like from looking at the STR hank.


Braun’s Woods in a hank & Braun’s Wood in a sock

Took the new socks huckleberry picking.

huckleberries


The huckleberries were pretty good, not the bonanza we enjoyed last year. The blueberries weren’t quite ready, I hope we can get back up there in a couple of weeks.

blueberries

September 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm 2 comments

Blue Moon STR Husky and Midsummers Night socks

Finally! I started these last summer as a back-up easy travel knitting project while on vacation in Canada.
Knitting these socks got off to a slow start, didn’t have much enthusiasm, it kinda  sucked to be a Husky this year.

Worst Team in the PAC-10

Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight in colorway Husky
(specially dyed for us sad University of Washington Huskies)
150g (1.2 hanks) for men’s shoe size 10-11, 8 stitches/inch on size 0

DH was glad these socks were not done in time to be cursed as The Unlucky Socks.
Knit at the low end of the recommended 8-10 stitches per inch and they are hard (stiff), I canNOT imagine knitting this yarn at 10 stitches per inch. DH says the socks feel hard, as do the STR heavyweight socks I knit for for hiking.
For the hiking socks, he says they feel hard but thinks that might provide more protection for his feet.

Blue Moon STR Heavyweight, colorway Midsummer’s Night
146 g (1 hank was plenty) for men’s shoe size 10-11, 
5.6 st/in on size 3 and 6 st/in on size 2 (for heels, toes, soles)

December 20, 2008 at 11:33 pm 2 comments

O Canada!

VACATION!!!!!

I’m taking (at least) two knitting projects:

Butterfly 10 005crButterfly Super 10 Cotton, color 3834
from Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria, B.C.
It comes in 118 shades

I bought this yarn in Victoria a couple of years ago, I’ve been itchin’ to get to it and I like the idea of taking it along on a trip back to Canada.

I have started swatching.

super10butterfly 7045cr

Swatching is ALWAYS frustrating, but it’s even worse when the swatching is in a lace pattern. How do you measure a lace pattern swatch? In cotton??? The slightest tug and it measures at a completely different gauge. I don’t even have to tug, I can just move the scale over half an inch and get a different gauge Sigh.

I wish all pattern gauges would be given in stockinette stitch.
Whatever the stitch pattern, the same size needles could be used to come up with a corresponding stockinette gauge.

So, if the plan survives the swatch (what’s that saying? “no plan survives the first encounter with the swatch”)
I’ll be knitting Vogue Spring/Summer 2007 #8 Oversize Lace Top by Deborah Newton (Ravelry link)

V#8 7076cr

For mindless easy knitting I will take along this sock project:

strHusky 7060cr

Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight in colorway Husky (specially dyed for us University of Washington Huskies)

What? your school doesn’t have it’s own STR colorway???
Awwww, that is just sooooo saaaad.
Next time, pick a *good* school. 😀

I should probably pick out another sock yarn, lots of driving on this vacation and socks are just the thing for that.

Maybe I can sell socks as I go – to pay for gas…

July 24, 2008 at 9:51 am 1 comment

Koolhaas for Alaska

After Madrona on Thursday and Friday, with my head stuffed full of new knitting design concepts and ideas I headed to this place.

Mt Hood
Mount Hood.

The weather was incredible weather, clear blue skies. Skiing, sunshine, friends, food, drink. I got to see another great WPA lodge, Timberline. I am always amazed by the big logs in these places. The stair rail finials were all different carved animals, impressive stonework, fireplaces, ironwork, and great light fixtures.

Timberline

It weirds me out to look out the window and see snow, not snow falling or snow on the ground, just snow, like “we’re buried in snow”. I had just walked into the place and knew there was an open exit, so I didn’t have to go all REDRUM, but I don’t think I would like to wake up, think, hmmmm, what am I going to do today?, look out the window and see that.

I brought my current portable knitting project, my notes and pattern from class with Jean Wong to review, and a new hank of Blue Moon STR along.

After class my head, though not quite spinning, was certainly wobbly. I decided I need to do some fancy thinking about tailoring my sweater pattern before I get started.
Set that aside.
Picked up the current portable project, fingerless mittens in Koigu P529, decided I didn’t like the pattern I was using and would prefer another pattern.
That I had back at home.
Sigh.
Set that aside.
Good thing I brought the STR Mediumweight Braun’s Woods.

BraunsWoodsH

I started a swatch.

BraunsWoodsS

Yuck! Stripes. Hmmpf. I am still trying to learn how to look at a hank and predict how it will knit up.
Set that aside.

While in Oregon, we hit the Portland REI to do some sales-tax-free shopping. DD is going on a school trip to Alaska and needs ‘a few’ things. By the time we got to “Hats, wool or polyfleece – QTY 2 minimum” I was in no mood to ‘buy’ a hat. Though I had nothing to knit on the three hour ride home, I had a plan: Koolhaas. I even had a stash yarn in mind.
I took a nap
As soon as we got home I pulled up brooklyntweed and the Koolhaas Hat, showed it to the DD-in-need-of-at-least-2-wool-or-polyfleece-hats and she declared it: Cool.
The yarn, Debbie Bliss Merino Aran was OK’d. Cast on:

Koolhaas in Debbie Bliss

I have wanted to knit this hat since I first saw it and I have had this odd bit of yarn for a long time. Someone gave it to me as a birthday present. Someone who knew that I knit, but is not, nor has ever been, a knitter. Risky. At last, the yarn has a project.

February 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm 3 comments


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