Thursday, March 23, 2006
My sockpal's socks are fini! I really like the look of them. Working with Fixation takes some getting used to, but I like the end result. I can imagine making more socks out of Fixation in the future. The only pause I have with the socks, is that one sock is much more stripey than the other one. The balls came from the same dyelot, but the finished product does look a lot different. I suppose this kind of difference is par for the course for variegated yarns. Right? Anyway, I hope my sockpal likes them. Project Stats: Pattern: Lacy Socks off the Cascade Website Yarn: Cascade Fixation in the Harlequin colorway Needles: size 4 aluminum DPNs Time to complete: I never know what to say here. Two or three weeks? Maybe more like two because these socks went super quick. What I learned: When working with a yarn with a lot of spandex, you can't pull to hard on it because the tension gets really screwed up. Also, do your best not to drop a stitch. A dropped stitch is really hard to catch. Again, spandex... Cascade Fixation is a great sub for someone who is allergic to wool socks, but the texture doesn't lend itself to some patterns. Work with needles that are smaller than you think. If you've never worked with Fixation, keep in mind you may have to knit the same first inch about 4 times before you get into the Fixation groove. I also received a package from KTC's Mystery Swap. Melanie aka Teabird sent me a fabulous package with two mysteries, a fun Nancy Drew Journal, and a fun pink small tote with a couple skeins of pink fun fur, pink Lionbrand Suede, and Hello Kitty Gear. I am so excited about the mysteries she sent me. One is actually about a beader that solves a crime, and the other is about a needleworker/detective. I love it! Thanks Melanie! And my last news of the day, I've added even more to my Bargain Bin There's some good stuff there! P.S. Some of you commented on my piano in the background of my Angelica pic. That's my piano from when I was a little girl. It's a beautiful Yamaha that my children will use when they take piano. Music is so important to be exposed to, I think.