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...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Almost done

The brick crew have nearly completely the new chimney. Quite a job working up on the roof and carrying the bricks, forms, and buckets of concrete.

Glad I'm not doing it myself!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What will Santa do!

This pile of bricks is all that remains of the exterior portion of my main chimney.  The last time they were handled was in 1890 when the chimney was constructed.
I wonder if someone else in the house at that time had a circular sock knitter.

Besides being a beacon for Santa,  the chimney also held my internet dish. Fortunately i still have my phone!