Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jester Shorties

I finished another pair of socks using some of my handspun. This skein had a lot less yardage and that is why the socks are so short. I think they will be fine to wear around the house once the weather get a little cooler. This handspun is thicker than the sock yarn that I typically use and I like the difference. The finished sock feels more thick and cosy.

This time around I only had 240 yards to complete the socks. So, I started by winding the skein into a single ball and then wieghing the ball. I then wound a smaller ball off the first until I had the yarn spun into equal weight balls.

I used each ball to knit a toe up sock. I knit the socks one at a time but didn't bind off the first sock until the second was done and I could ensure that they were the same length. Even though the balls were the same weight, I was pretty sure that the yardage wouldn't be the same because of the variance in the weight of the handspun. I did have a little yarn leftover and since it is superwash, I took the leftovers and knit up a little baby beanie.

Project Info

Stitch Pattern: Openwork Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
by Charlene Schurch

Yarn: My own handspun; superwash merino wool
240 yards/4oz; dyed by Pigeon Roof Studios
WPI: 11 wraps per inch (average)
Color: Jester

Needles: addi TURBO Needles - US# 3 (3.25 mm)

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette
Stitches Around: 50

Notes: toe up on 2 circular needles; short row toe and heel

10 comments:

bockstark.knits said...

It knits up so gorgeously!!!

Monika said...

I love the look of handspun knit socks! They look great! The colors are so cheerful. The little baby hat is very cute. :o)

Zonda said...

Oh, love those socks! Cute hat too! :)

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Love seeing the spinning to yarn to finished socks!! Such a pretty color too! Love the baby hat :)

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

wow! Very impressive that you're using your own yarn to knit now!

Julie said...

Beautiful socks and hat! How wonderful that you're using your handspun :-)

Esoteric Knitter said...

I enjoy seeing your handspun knit it. They colors are sooo pretty. Hmmm one of these days all ya'll spinners out there might tempt me to get into the spinning game. hmmm.

and what a super cute baby beanie.

mom said...

I really like the way the yarn looks both before the socks and after. I prefer that short length sock even in the winter unless the snow is knee deep. Can you still knit in the carpool on the way to work now that you go in before dawn???

mom said...

I really like the way the yarn looks both before the socks and after. I prefer that short length sock even in the winter unless the snow is knee deep. Can you still knit in the carpool on the way to work now that you go in before dawn???

Theresa said...

I love the soft colors. Very well done!