Playing Around with Colours

I mentioned a last week that I was going to be doing some experiments with yarn I began to play around with self-striping colours. While I was dyeing, I decided to try something a little bit, out there.

Dye Experiment 04152015

I’ve been sticking with a two or three colours pallet, because it is a bit easier than going all in and doing 1000 colours all at once. I am dipping my toe, not hurtling myself into the deep end. I dyed this skein, which when knit up should look similar to the Harry Potter scarves in the later movies (The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix).

Harry Potter Scarf!

I haven’t even had time to knit a swatch of that to see if it works because I have been working on the two other pairs of socks I showed you last week… AND this pair.

Rainbow Sock 2 04152015

Yes that is right! Already done one sock! Look out world!!

Rainbow Socks 04152015

Toe Up!

If my Technical Tuesday post wasn’t enough of a hint; I’ve been studiously working on socks from the toe up. I’ve actually started two pairs! One for Paul and one that was a dye experiment!

04072015 Self Striping Ball

First up I’ll show you Paul’s socks. This is the Manos del Uruguay Alegría yarn. I am not 100% sure on the colour, but I have linked to it on the Ravelry project page! The yarn itself is really knitting up in an interesting way. Everyone I have shown has asked if it is self striping yarn, but I’ve just hit that magic number of gauge when the yarn takes its own patterning and runs with it!

04072015 Paul's Sock

The second pair of socks was actually a dye experiment for self-striping socks. I think I have figured out how to do it and I was just playing around with colours. Seeing what lengths to dye for what kind of block of colour. I think they look kind of cool though!

04072015 Self Striping Yarn

At the very least they are definitely bright in true Stitch Please fashion!!

Technical Tuesday: Toe Up Heel

I’ve started my pair of socks for April and decided to do these ones from the toe up. My friend, Lisa, gave me some great advice for toe up sock heels, so I am going to share it with you. The first thing you need to know about this particular post, is that I love heel flaps. I know a lot of people who hate to do heel flaps because they have to pick up stitches or they get holes in the sides, but I have this down to a science (most of the time) and I love doing socks this way.

04062015 Sock Heel

When I was discussing this with Lisa, she said she does her toe up socks with a heel flap as well; which, of course, made my day! If you refer back to this post the best cast on and cast off for toe up socks are there; all I needed was the middle bit!

Technical Tuesday: Turkish Cast On

I seem to have a love for cast on’s with a nationality. The German twisted cast on being my favourite super stretchy cast on for socks! If you know me at all you will know about my very serious love affair with sock knitting. It’s a serious thing; I constantly knit socks and talk about knitting socks. I was talking to a friend at work about sock knitting and she mentioned the Turkish cast on.
I had never heard of this cast on before but it sounded really cool. It is an application for toe up socks. This cast on is meant to be invisible so you cannot tell where the socks were cast on.

The video above shows the magic loop method for casting on, the video below is the same cast on, but with double pointed needles.

I haven’t really come to love toe up socks with the passion I display for cuff down, but I think this cast on will help. I find most toe up cast on’s to be tight and fiddly to get going. This one is not as bad as some of the other ones I’ve tried. I really like how easy it is to get on there and you don’t have to guesstimate the amount of yarn needed.

Definitely Deprived

Well, I haven’t gotten all the knitting in I wished I had. I know there is always a time crunch before weddings, but I thought I would have an hour here or a half hour there to do SOME knitting. The prize for most worked on project goes to….. *drumroll*…. Car Socks!!

Green Gradient Sock

I suppose that really isn’t too surprising, but I haven’t really had the time nor inclination to knit much. I’ve briefly mentioned I was struck down with the flu, but it was so bad, I couldn’t even knit. I just wanted to lay in my misery and possibly sleep.
I am feeling much better now, but still exhausted. I think I might need several lattes on the wedding day itself. Hair and makeup for me and the girls starts at 8AM. If that isn’t crazy, I don’t know what is. I think I am going to try to get very little sleep on Thursday night, so sleep Friday night will be no problem! Right? No? Crazy idea?

Green Gradient Socks 2

I originally wanted to have my rocky coast cardigan done for Vogue Knitting, but I doubt that is going to happen. I am going to make a copy of the pattern and take it with me to Chicago! Hopefully I’ll be able to get some work on it done and maybe a little steam blocking. Hotel room irons probably have a steam mode? It would be something really sentimental to complete the sweater on my honeymoon. We will have to see.

Green Gradient Socks 4

I am really looking forward to another weekend at Vogue Knitting Live, but this year they have seemed kind of unorganized. I’ll withhold my judgment until afterwards, but I’ve gotten a bad taste in my mouth more than once before-hand. While planning a wedding, the last thing you need is trouble from something you’re going to do on your honeymoon. In movies you always see people getting upgraded to first class etc, when they’re on their honeymoon. It really has helped me decide that the next event I am going to attend will be a stitches event. I’ve been thinking about going to one for a while, but my recent dealings with Vogue Knitting have tipped the scales.

Green Gradient Sock 3