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May, 2010:

The Joy of Soxie

Socks knit in Soxie in Bahama Mama

I’ve had a knitting dilemma. You see although I want to knit more complicated things like the cabled Snapdragon Tam and the Pia Laceweight Pullover I’ve found that they’re pretty useless to take outside the house. Or rather that I’m pretty useless at working on them outside the house. I can’t knit them during my lunchbreak or on the bus etc.  I find that those snatched moments which lend themselves so well to simple knits are not focussed enough for me to work on something that needs more concentration. I expect it’ll get easier the more confident I become with more complicated knits but I can’t tell you how lovely it felt to cast on for a sock while on the train to see Doug on Friday.

As you can see it’s a second sock, so guilt free. I’m not cheating on Pia or Snapdragon with it. I bought the yarn in Sea Port Yarns during my trip to New York in 2007. The photo doesn’t do the yarn justice. The colours are green, turquoise, purple and gold. I’m not entirely sure when I cast on the first sock. It could have been anytime between 2007 and 2008. I know that I was knitting it in December 2008 just before Doug and I started seeing each other.

So I cast on the second sock on Friday and have just finished the increases. It’s my usual 64 stitch sock with a partridge eye heel from The Sole Solution. I have this week off work and I hope to do some more tidying on the house, some gardening and hopefully some work n one of the more complicated knits. It would be lovely to get a handle back on Snapdragon and finish it despite the fact that it’s too warm to wear it.

Kermode and Mayo Live Stream

It’s so hard to find the link to the live video stream of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s fantastic film reviews that I’ve put a link to the live feed here.

Yarn from Far Places…

My paper copy of Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy arrived on Monday and while thumbing through it I remembered that I wanted to knit the cover design, the lovely and delicate looking Pia laceweight Pullover. It uses Ullcentrum Öland One Thread Yarn, which is a lace weight of course and is literally one thread, no plies. I’ve never knit anything in a lace weight. I tend to use aran weight for cardigans etc. and still have at least seven cardis in various stages of progress on the needles. So I shouldn’t really be contemplating knitting anything new…but…. Well, I’d been considering my knitwear recently. I’d been thinking about the fact that I hardly wear any of my handknit cardis in work, mainly because it tends to be too warm. I tend to wear thin, storebought cardis, often in black.

Logic would dictate that I should knit more lighter cardis and in black because I’d be more likely to wear them. Fine things can also be scrunched into a bag more easily. But knitting in black doesn’t thrill me and nether really does the prospect of working with thin yarns. Why then did I decide, completely out of the blue then, to order four skeins of lace weight yarn? You see I got home after work on Monday and found myself googling Ullcentrum Öland and ordering four skeins of the one thread from them in the red shade. It arrived yesterday

Ullcentrum Öland Order

Here are some closeups

Ullcentrum Öland One Thread closeup 1

Ullcentrum Öland One Thread closeup 2

When I interviewed Lucinda for KnitCast she told me that you have to wash the finished garment in quite hot water in order to full the sweater and I was a little alarmed at first by this idea, but now that I’ve seen the yarn I understand why. It’s made traditionally and is of a course texture when you first handle it. It still has bits of twigs in which remind me of Noro yarns. I expect that it will look beautiful once it’s been washed and blocked but I’m not too sure what it’ll be like to knit with.

The pattern calls for you to cast on 400 odd stitches which did make me swallow when I read it! But I’ve wound one skein into a ball and was ready cast on last night until I realised that I couldn’t find my 80cm long 3mm circulars. So I’ve ordered two pairs – one bamboo and one addi turbo and will see which handle the yarn best. I do hope that I don’t find myself becoming perturbed by all the stitches, I do have such a lack of patience sometimes, and that I finish it but we shall see!