Friday, December 12, 2014

Here's What's On and Off My Needles

Here's what I've been working on this week in the knitting area.  First, I finished my 4th pair of socks. These were made with Diversity yarn, which has an elasticity and but feels like cotton.  They are fun to make because of the self striping and feel so good on.

Then I did a little more on my faux infinity cowl from months ago.  This yarn is awful to work with so I'm not too excited about knitting with it.  I love the color and look of the yarn after it's knitted though.
Maybe part of the problem is I'm using an interchangeable circular needle, and because of the fibers in this acryllic yarn, it seems I have to constantly re-tighten the tips almost after every round.  Not fun.  I do it because the alternative would be awful -- having it coming apart midstream.  You cannot see your stitches with the yarn even though it's all knitted.  I would never be able to find my stitches to get them back on the needle correctly.  It will be the last time I buy any of this yarn. 

Since I was so frustrated with the handling of this project, I decided to cast on a simple facecloth for some easy, peasy knitting.  I give these as gifts, so it's always good to keep a supply on hand for those occasions.  I add a good smelling facial soap with each cloth as a little Thank You gift, or "just because" gift.

That's about it for this week's knitting.  I am waiting until after the busy Christmas season to concentrate on learning toe up socks on circulars.  If you have been following me, you know, I've been saying that for a long time, but I WILL get there. lol

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  1. love your socks and you matched the stripes!!!!! Did you get a key with your interchangeable needles? There should be a little hole in the metal part use a t pin and poke it in the hole and tighten the needle on the cable. the key is a metal piece that looks like a tall letter P. It took me a long to figure out that was when I got a set of ic needles.
    have a great weekend

  2. How do you get your stripes to match up so perfectly? I am adding some washcloths in with the other presents that we hope to get sent today. That is if I get to weaving in the yarn ends. :-)

  3. Love your socks girlfriend!!! And I feel your pain with that yarn. I'm working on a pair of hedgehog mittens for my granddaughter and the yarn is difficult to work with. Plus, the bobble stitch needed for the pattern is fussy and makes my wrists hurt. I'm trying very hard not to put it down and avoid it for something I like better :)

  4. The socks turned out nicely. Those stripes are fun. I always wondered how stripped socks like that were knitted.

  5. Ditto the above comments on the socks - great stripes! And I agree that your cowl is beautiful when it is knitted, but sounds like quite the pain to work on. What yarn do you use for your facecloths? That purple is really pretty.

  6. Those socks look perfectly matched Dar! WOW! I am impressed! I don't know how you do it!