Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Last and first...

And ended the year as I started it. Knitting socks...
On our weekend away in Rotterdam (a city break I can really recommend, even in mid-winter!) I finished off the socks for hubby...
A sock and hotel linen
The yarn was a gift from my Sinter-RAK early December. The Lana Grossa Meilenweit yarn was a stretch cotton, a new 'feeling' for me. At the start, it was a bit weird to knit with, but I quickly got used to it. I used a simple 5x1 rib and large Dutch heel. They turned out a bit on the big side, but as hubby will be wearing them in boots mostly, that's not a problem. And he's a size 44/45/46, his feet can never decide what they are exactly, which is very annoying! :D
Socks up close and pesonal
I cast off just after the fireworks went off and we uncorked the champers... And then, the next day cast on a new pair: some Flying Saucers, for me!
The unwinding had been a bit of a pain. The yarn is wound on the skein two threads together, which means you have to unwind them into separate balls. I did consider just knitting from the cake, but decided against it. It took about half an hour to unwind them. No fun...
Then this happened...
The start of my flying saucers
Yes, the colours are a bit on the drab side in the picture, but hey, where are they at all? Definitely considering how it continues...
There it is!
The inside of the cake seems to have hardly caught any dye. Which means my toes look like they have been dipped in bleach or something... But then the saucers started to appear and I though, ach, this is fun, forget about the toes!
And I knitted, and knitted, turned the (yoyo) heel and knitted some more. Awaiting the next saucer shape. But it just didn't appear. Yes, I got more of those two-tone semi-saucers, but according to the picture on the cake, there was supposed to be another one halfway up the leg...
So I knitted some more, until I ran out of yarn and had to cast off... And there it was, the saucer, all the way at the top. To say it mildly, I was not a happy bunny...
See that? All the way at the top...
I literally have 5 grams of yarn left, so it's not as if I cheated. :(
On the upside, the yarn is a dream to knit with, soft and squishy. But that is always the case with SchoppelWolle, I also used it for my Autumn Heel Socks.

Just to show they are both the same (and I actually knit two socks). See the bleachy bits?
Right, so that's sock pair number 1 for 2011... The next pair will be cast on soon: I'm trying to knit one pair a month...

4 comments:

MoniqueB. said...

Volgens mij is dit de eerste keer dat je teleurgesteld bent in een bol garen.
Ze zijn wel leuk, maar je hebt gelijk; geen flying saucers.
Not a ufo in sight!

Aal said...

Gelukkig zitten de tenen in je schoenen, dus erg opvallen zal het niet! Goed voornemen, dat paar per maand! Maar pas op, dat kan ook uit de hand lopen... ;-)

Jolanda said...

Een paar per maand! Wow, ik doe het je niet na.

Siem said...

Nou jij hebt er zin in! Maar mooie sokken geworden allebei de paren,