Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Results

I don't think I mentioned this here but I just got back from vegas and I'm still recovering. I think I slept maybe 4 or 5 hours a night (morning actually) while there. We had a ton of fun but it will probably take me a while to recover. I have pictures and will tell you about the trip later in the week.

As for the poll results, they were very interesting I watched them carefuly it started with one vote for the CTH. Then about 11 for the handspun with silk and then there was another shift and we now havea final total of 13 for the handspun with silk, 6 for the handspun alone, 6 for the CTH, and one vote for other.

So I think I made a decision that will please my pal. Since she doesn't like tall socks I think I can knit her 2 pairs, one handspun with silk and one CTH. I will even have enough yarn from both to easily make myself some too (either short ones or with contrasting heels/toes).

That gives me 6 weeks for 2 pairs of socks and spinning for one sock. The spinning is maybe 1/3 of the way done for the second sock and should maybe take another week. I usually can knit 1 sock a week so I should have time to spare, especially since they will be short socks. The CTH socks will have some lace and the handspun/silk ones will be more plain to let the sheen of the silk stand out.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Sockapaloooza poll

(Edited to add pictures)

So I've been experimenting with some things for sckapaoooza. My sock pal was sorta vague she likes "verigated, or stipes". No mention of patterning, lace or other preferences. I've bought some Cherry Tree Hill yarn in Spring Frost, this is the same base yarn as Koigu just dyed and distributed by a different company. I was thinking maybe something with some lace on the cuffs.

Then I started spinning some handpainted finn roving that I got at the Knitters Review retreat in November. It's mainly pink with blues, greens, and some colors in between. I have enough for 2 pairs of socks. I split my roving in 2 so I wil be able to theoretically have 2 matching skeins. But no matter how even my spinning and knitting handspun socks will likely be slightly fraternal in nature.

I spun up about 1 sock worth so far and navajo plied it into a 3 ply that looks like the colors are going to form slowly changing stripes. I knit up a tiny little swatch and decided it looked good but was a little finer than most sock yarns, it worked well on size 0 needles.

I have about 5 million yards of cobweb weight silk that I got for almost no money last year at MDSW. The woman didn't believe I would ever use it and sold the 5 oz hank to me for $10. So I knit another little swatch carrying the silk with the handspun. The silk adds some strength and beefs up the yarn just a bit while also adding a pretty sheen to it. I'd still knit it on size 0.

So here is the poll:

What yarn should I use?
Cherry tree hill
Handspun by itself
Handspun with silk
Get new yarn (specify in comments)
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Thanks for the help!