Monday, September 1, 2014

Grazing Aug 31 2014

 Its hard to believe there is so much fresh grazing available at the end of August. The cool summer has definitely favoured the growth of our cool season grasses. Sheep are luvin' it!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Koigu Lace L851

Here is a new knitting experience for me: Koigu Lace, 100% Merino, 292 yds/50g. Shown here in colour L851.

I knit two pair of Size Small for my first experience with this yarn. I knit both pair using the same pattern with the 72 cylinder and 36 ribber. Both with a 1x1 topper and 3x1 ribbed leg and instep.

The first pair I made a false start, having my tension a bit too tight and the yarn broke during the first pass. Resetting the tension a quarter turn looser was just right. And I knit the pair with ease. After washing and blocking I got DW to try them on for fit. They did nicely on her size 6-7 average width foot. I thought they might be a bit loose (being 72 stitch sock instead of my normal 54 for a Small) but there weren't in the least slouchy.

Nevertheless, I decided to make a second pair with a strand of very fine Lycra knit through the entire knit. Using lycra, I loosened by tension off about a quarter turn.The result was a smaller finished sock with very good hugability.

The first pair, without the lycra, I got both socks out of a single skein. With the second pair set at a looser tension I got as far as the toe of the second sock and had to start into another skein.

My verdict - this is a very nice yarn. The weight is comparable to the cashmara lace I've knit - a great light weight wool sock.

Above, is one With Lycra sock laying atop one Without Lycra sock.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Koigu KPPPM 312

On a recent stash enhancement visit to Koigu, I got a bag of uncolourful salt and pepper, KPPPM #312.

I typically think of Koigu in terms of brilliant colours, but after knitting some commercial salt and pepper yarn I decided to try something similar in a pure fine merino.

I like.

This is a size Medium pair, knit with 72 cylinder and 36 ribber on the Verdun 47. I've done a 1x1 top and 5x1 leg and instep. The heels and toes are reinforced with a grey wooly nylon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alpaca Blend

This is an Alpaca Blend in a heavy fingering weight; 60% Alpaca 20% Wool 20% Nylon; in natural and home dyed Rusty-Red.

This pair is Small and a bit, EEE, mid-calf. Knit with 72 cylinder and 36 ribber on Verdun 47 with a reverse wrap selvedge, 1x1 topper and 5x1 leg and instep.

Small-and-a-bit EEE originated as a bespoke size but it turned out I had a number of regulars that exact size, so I make a few ahead on spec.

Koigu Mori M815

Here's one I haven't knit in a long time. If found a few skeins while rooting through my Koigu tubs, looking for a special knit.

Koigu Mori in colour M815, 50% Merino 50% Mulberry Silk, fingering weight.

This pair is size Small, narrow. Normally I would knit Small with a 54 cylinder, but I wanted to get more elasticity into the fabric (compensating for high silk content). I did actually knit a pair on the 54/27 cylinder/ribber and it met my 'Small specs', but not extra narrow. So I tried this pair on the 72cylinder and I'm much happier with the result.

I knit a 1x1 ribbed topper, switching then to 3x1 rib for the leg and instep.

The finer stitch of the 72 cylinder, combined with the rib ratio delivered the goods.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fortissima 2021

This is Fortissima Socka colour #2021. 75/25 Superwash Wool/Nylon fingering weight. 

Plies of black and white are twisted together to create a bit of psychedelic busyness. I actually bought this thinking it was a grey/black/white fleck that I've knit many times before. I like it, even though it has pushed Pure Black off the top of my  'most difficult stitches to see' list.

The end result, I consider a nice casual sock. 

Here it is in size Large, knit with the 72 cylinder and 36 ribber on the Verdun 47. This pair has 1x1 ribbed top, then 5x1 rib on leg and instep.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Purple Lime

Here's a pair of vibrant socks knit from my own 75/25 Wool/Nylon fingering yarn.

Rich Royal Purple accented with stripes in two tones of Key Lime, and heels and toes done with the darker value of the Key Lime.

Size Medium, knit with the 76 cylinder and 36 ribber on the Verdun 47.

I wonder if Donny Osmond still wears purple...