Wednesday, July 11, 2007


My radoactive Sweetpea socks are finished, and they're HOT! (to match the weather!)

The below pictures show the socks and the pattern better, but the color is closest in the frying pan picture. I'm afraid that they might catch on fire!

Pattern: Sweetpea needles: US size 2 dpn
yarn: Schaeffer Anne (no colorway name)

This was my first time using this yarn, and I really enjoyed it. It's amazingly soft, and the mohair adds a nice sheen to the fabric. It's thinner than some sock yarn, so on the size 2s I usually use, the fabric was pretty thin (though it matched the called for gauge). That, combined with my smallish feet means I used less than half of the skein. Yes!

The pattern is listed as 'piquant' on knitty, but I didn't find it that hard. Once you get the hang of it, anyway. I was carefully keeping track of my rows for the first repeat of the first sock, but then it just fell into place. I love the meandering lace!

And I finished Rebekah's crazy German socks. They're not really that long, I swear, it's just the angle...

Finally, I went nuts spinning on the yarn for my brother's scarf:

Inspired by Carole's Tour de Fleece spinning, and the desire to spin for myself again, I zoomed through it (3 full bobbins) in just a few days - it's a dark autumnal single spun with another in shades of orange. He asked for something in golds and rusts, and I think that it turned out pretty well. I'm not sure of the yardage yet, as it's still wet, but it's _almost_ always sport weight. ;)

Not bad for one week, eh? And why am I knitting and spinning so much? Because I was _supposed_ to be working on research for a meeting with my advisor today. Now that the pressure's off, who knows what I'll be doing...


Carole Knits said...

I love your new socks! And your spinning looks great. I'm glad to have provided some inspiration.

peaknits said... socks indeed! Nice job on some serious power knitting! I love your handspun - gorgeous!

Karen said...

Wow, not bad for one week indeed. I love the sizzling socks...both the pattern and the color. They were made for each other. And your handspun is really pretty!

bookwoman said...

That has to be one of the most original sock photos I've seen. Love the color.

MelissaKnits said...

Those socks are so HOT! I love that colorway.

Your handspun is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous socks! I must knit these too!