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Friday, June 09, 2006

Mail call, magic loop, monitors...

(Apologies in advance for an all over the place entry... getting back into the online swing is harder than I thought it would be!)

Mail has been piling up since being stuck offline for the past several days!

Sock knitting bag from Trek... Love it! I think she calls this her "retro chick" fabric. I couldn't be happier with either of my swaps with her.

I also picked up a set of Lantern Moon ebony dpns in US 1 & 2... I was surprised that the wood wasn't black but brown, and had to ask to double check that these are ebony. I like them, but I prefer the black, matte Susanne's needles I have-- the LMs have a coating or a seal on them that I find sticky (probably won't after a good amount of use), and I like the slide of the Susanne's more. The LMs are nice though-- I like their weight, just don't compare to the Susanne's I guess (they feel like completely different woods). I wish the Susanne's came in US sizing in sock sizes... only US 1.5 & US 2.5 (2.5mm & 3.0mm).

I was able to start my Pomatomii in Lisa Souza Sock! on the LM US 2's and they're CRAZY pooling. Didn't get a pic since I don't know how long my DSL connex will stay up, next time...

Dale Baby Ull in Tomato Red (3718)

I think I'll use all 4 balls for some "real" knee high socks, thinking kilt hose inspired ones.

Noro Silk Garden, color 224

From a stash reduction. I've never seen this in person, very nice! Makes me want to try the new Noro Silk Garden Lite for some dk weight socks... A scarf? A worsted weight pair of socks? Short row hat from Interweave Knits (PDF!!)? Fingerless gloves? Too hot to think about it right now.

Opal Krokodil 34

Picked this up from the manic Diva Knitting $8.99 Opal sale... :) I have never seen or used Opal before and was curious to see what the fuss is about. Personally, just in squeezing the skein, I don't see the big deal. I like the feel of the Trekking and the Austermann Step more. I think its my bias towards handpainted yarns, but if I were to go for wool/nylon I'd rather buy the Lisa Souza Sock! (weight is better, handpainted)... I mean, its nice and all, but I see some people go absolutely bonkers for this stuff & I guess I don't get it-- maybe its just the German labelling :) I also haven't tried knitting with it yet either, perhaps the heavens will open up when I cast on with it (that, or make me suddenly able to remember 3 years of high school German)...

It was a heck of a deal though, with 10% off (1st time customer coupon, available when you register) and USPS 1st class shipping, less than $11. Diva Knitting is also a VERY fast shipper, she sent me a "shipped" mail update only a few hours after I placed my order.

On the knitting front...

Aside from the Pomatomii, I wanted to try & reteach myself Magic Loop... I am thinking about buying an ebony circular for MLing and wanted to see if 32" is long enough for it (the longest size I could find), so I made some tiny ML fingerless mitts from some leftover Socks That Rock (mediumweight, carbon colorway) with my baby cable rib sock leftovers for the little one (who refuses to wear them-- smart as its you know, SUMMER and all...). Knit on US 4's with a one row buttonhole (version #4 from

I still am waivering on the magic loop thing-- I usually knit 2 on 2 circulars, but had got it into my head that magic loop would be best for colorwork/stranded knitting (fair isle) socks... but now, I don't know. I've knit a pair of stranded/FI socks once before-- just patterned on the cuff, and did it on 2 circs. My big problem was the turn-- the 180 degree turn from needle to needle always made the floats between that space either too loose or too tight, and I don't really see how magic loop will change that, its still a 180 degree turn. I really would like to start to think about knitting some Folk Socks socks... any advice? (FI socks in general, ML vs 2 circs for stranded knitting in the round...etc?)

Lastly, and a final apology for the disjointed nature of this post... I'm going to go to the San Francisco World Wide Knit in Public Day meeting tomorrow! Looking forward to it, maybe I'll see some of you there? If not, go have fun knitting in public tomorrow! :)

***, I know I was supposed to be finished, but had to share my little one's picture show...




lexa said...

My littlest has left made me those same kind of pictures as well!

Sorry I can't help with any ideas for socks on circs - never tried it or magic loop. Only ever done plain old dpns!

Dave said...

Nice Noro! I've used Silk Garden for a scarf but don't think I would consider it for socks. It's a little too uneven and loose. I doubt it would wear well. Too bad, because the colours are great!

Knittypants said...

I want to try silk garden sometime, it looks so nice.

I love your son's picture, it's great :-)

sheep#100 said...

I am so glad that you like your bags!!

Heather said...

Omg, that artwork makes the mom in me squeak! Good luck cleaning that off!

Rachel said...


Nice, um, picture your son made you. I don't get the Opal thing, either. Let us know if you find out what the big deal is.

Chris said...

Heh, I was trying magic loop again last week and decided that it is at least as fiddly as 2 circs, if not more - so I'll stay with 2 circs. It would be magic if the loop didn't require such fussing with!

I hear ya on the Opal - it makes my fingers hurt when I knit with it, but Trekking doesn't - and I think both yarns wear equally as well. Plus, Trekking doesn't seem to discontinue colorways quite as speedily as does Opal.

Zonda said...

EEk! I've had those marks on walls before! Nice yarns there! My clapotis is in silk garden...well all 6" of it LOL! Yes it is very nice to knit with.

Anonymous said...

Most people are crazy nuts about Opal, me=not so much crazy nuts for Opal. I think some of the new collections are okay, wouldn't mind knitting some of the "test" colors. I prefer Trekking, etc.

Heide said...

OMG, I'm laughing at your monitor art. I have three kids so believe me when I say that I'm laughing WITH you and not at you. Sometimes a glass of wine just sounds wonderful after a long day of kid farming. Cheers.

Stacey said...

You are on a red knee sock kick lately, huh? :)

I love ML - I've done DPN's, 2 on 2, 1 on ML and right now 2 on ML. I think my favorite way is 1 on ML. I dont' like the extra needle flapping around with 2 circs. If you give the cord a twist when you go to start a new row (so it has a loop vs a circle), it is less of a gap for teh stitch. Also, if you tighten the first stitch a little, it will tighten to the cord diameter, which is smaller than the needle - it will make sliding the stitches onto the needle a bit harder, but will tighten up the "join". I'll try and snap a photo of what I mean tonight if you want!

Vik said...

Thanks for the comment on my socks. It was appreciated.
And ultra-cool, considering I <3 your socks/blog.

insaknitty said...

holy crap about your monitor! *faint* did to crayon come off?

Alyssa said...

I also wasn't too interested in Opal to begin with, but after you wash! That stuff blooms and softens like you wouldn't believe.

Love your little sock bags...I may have to check out that always have such cute stuff for me to covet:)

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