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Bamboo Socks March 18, 2009

Filed under: Knitting Projects — Cailyn @ 3:27 pm
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Apparently writing this post is less interesting than taking silly Facebook quizes today.  I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook (seems I’m even an introvert online,) but I happened to be there and there was this silly quiz… which led to another silly quiz… Apparently I’d be happiest living in Seattle (which I am) and the animal I’m most like is a mongoose.  Maybe I should make a silly knitting quiz; you know, are you a circ or a DPN?  Which fiber are you most like?  How does your IQ compare to a sheep’s?  Things like that.  Although I think I know all the results to the last quiz there.

 

It’s been gray and rainy today so I couldn’t go outside to take pictures of the Orencia socks.  I really have to come up with a better name for them; I don’t want them going through their whole lives thinking they have rheumatoid arthritis.  But I did take some pictures in my lightbox, so here they are.

 

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The socks have a lace front and a stockinette back.  I originally knit (all the way down to the heel flap!) the sock with the lace design on both the front and the back, but the sock turned out huge!  I had to rip the whole thing out.  Painful, and I almost gave up on the design.  It’s rare for me to have a design element that makes the sock too large or stretchy.  Since I normally gravitate towards cables or colorwork, I often have the opposite problem- I can’t use the design I want because the sock won’t fit over a normal human ankle.  I knew that lace is stretchier than cables or even stockinette, but the swatch did nothing to prepare me for how baggy that sock was!  Just another example of a lying, evil swatch trying to cause mental instability in a knitter.

 

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The yarn is Five Oaks Ranch Bamboo (80% bamboo, 20% wool) from Argosy Luxury Fibers in Sage.  The lace pattern is simple and easy to memorize, making it a nice, quick knit spring sock, even though it doesn’t seem like spring is coming any time soon.  I think they turned out very close to the original inspiration.  You can see why I wanted to knit them in a cute pink or yellow, but I think the ice blue lends them an air of elegance.  I should have the pattern written up and ready to go in a few days, now that I don’t have any travel plans to mess up my schedule.

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Bamboo Blue Pretty! August 28, 2008

Filed under: Musings — Cailyn @ 8:39 pm
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I’ve been neck deep in a secret project for the last few days.  I mentioned a while ago that I was trying to design something manly for Knitty’s winter issue?  Well, that project fell over, hit its head, and suffered a major stroke.  But then Lowell and I (mostly Lowell) came up with another idea and since then, it’s been a whirl of yarn shopping, knitting, frogging, knitting, fitting, and weaving in ends.  Hopefully the sun will come out long enough in the next two days that I’ll actually be able to take pictures of the project before the deadline hits.  Man, wouldn’t that be annoying; I get the whole project done and written up… and then can’t photograph them.  Well, here’s hoping for some sun tomorrow.

 

On my quest to find the perfect yarn, though, I’ve run across a wonderful yarn seller!  Argosy Luxury Fibers. I ordered 2 skeins of secret yarn (Hanna Sport, Blue Mills) and 2 skeins of Solace, Starry Night.  *drool*  This yarn is so soft that I just want to cuddle with it all the time.  I had this horrible vision of a delicately cabled blanket made out of this stuff- you know, the kind of project that would be so stunning (and so stunningly expensive) that the very act of making it would make the rest of life meaningless.  I quickly shoved that vision into a back closet in my brain and stacked several mental crates in front of it in hopes that it won’t come back out to haunt my dreams.

 

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Hanna Sport, Blue Mills

Solace, Starry Night

 

Her pictures are much better than mine (click on her thumbnails for a gorgeous close up of the yarns.)  I waited all day to take these pictures in the sun, but as previously stated, the sun did not appear.  The colors are pretty accurate, but you miss the beautiful shine.

 

So, anyway, I ordered these yarns.  And as soon as the box arrived, I tore it open to discover my 4 beautiful skeins… and 2 extra skeins. My first thought was, “Wait, did I order yarn and totally forget about it?” Then I saw the note from the owner.  Melissa included the yarn for free!  I literally squealed aloud with delight.  (Gave the cats a good fright, it did.)

 

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I was so excited that I even called Lowell at work and babbled something like, “Oh my god, free, bamboo, blue, pretty!” and then hung up.  The yarn she sent is Bonsai Bamboo in Teal. I am already head over heels in love with Hanna Sport, which I used for the secret project.  I’ve got about a skein and a third left, too, which I’m crazy excited about.  It’s so soft and silky and lightweight, you just have to feel it to believe it.  I think the Solace is next on the project block, but I think a pair of gloves made out of the Bonsai is soon in my future.  Let me tell you, the combination of great yarn with such a nice gift… Let’s just say, I’m putting in another order in a few days for some Christmas knitting supplies.  I’m not sure if the stars have aligned to shine a bright and inspiring light into my life in the form of silk blend yarns… or if this is some sort of conspiracy by my credit card company to get me to run up mountains of debt.

 

Honestly, I’m not sure I care which one it is.