Friday, April 26, 2013

On the needles for April 26, 2013

After making the socks that I have been posting about since January, I have a lot of leftover sock yarn hanging around.  I decided that before I make any more socks, I’d try to finish off those pieces.  I found a free pattern on Ravelry, specifically designed to use up leftover sock yarn.  I’m less than half way thru this shawl.  The designer alternated between garter and stockinette on the stripes, but since it starts out with over 500 stitches, I’m just knitting. No way am I going to purl  rows of 500 + stitches, not even using the Norwegian purl, which causes much less cramping for my hands.

Some of the yarns were self striping, the turquoise is the most obvious of these, and as you can see, doing something too much larger than a sock really eliminates the stripes.  The pattern is Leftovers Faroese Shawl, it uses approx. 1600 yds of yarn. For mine, I’m alternating the leftovers with a few skeins of solid purple that I had on hand….one of those “oohh, I like this, I’ll figure out something to make from it later” purchases.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Two more pairs of socks completed

I still have one pair on the needles, ready for the heel turn.  That makes 6 pairs finished since the beginning of the year.  I was hoping to make a dent in my sock yarn stash, it is more of a dimple.  I’ve also started a shawl out of the leftover sock yarns, we shall see what that looks like, if it goes from a ‘Joseph’s coat of may colors’ to a coat of way too many colors, I will try over-dying it, but probably not as I only plan on wearing it around the house.

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