Saturday, August 27, 2011

YOP Sunday Edition #8

AKA...2 months is up? OMG, I cannot believe it's been 2 months! I feel like I've been crafting like crazy but at the same time I feel like I haven't done anything. Weird huh? Though I suspect I'm not alone in that feeling. Here's what I've been up to this week.
 I've started a new project! An actual Pair of socks. I've only ever made a Single sock and soon found I was a sufferer or that greaded Second Sock Syndrome :). Never tried it again after that. I gotta say that I love having 2 sock on at once. I'm using bamboo needles for these because it's all I could get quickly but I do not like them much. The cable is so flimsey that it twists on itself and kinks up on me and there is a ridge where the cable attaches to the neelde that always tries to keep a stitch so that I have to fight to get the sts on the needle. If I had any other 40" #3's I would definately be using them...so I ordered a nickle plated one from the only LYS within 45 min. of me. I'm so excited to have a real reason to go there instead of just browsing without purpose.

I finished the Mango Scarf. 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft made a 6' long 5" wide scarf and I enjoyed making it so much (unexpected)* that I intend to make a set for my Mother instead of just a scarf.

*unexpected because Caron seems to split and be horrible to work with when knitting. So I decided to try crocheting with it but.....I hated it too. Then I got out another hook and loved how it worked, so much faster and no more splitting! I used a Susan Bates, with the flattish head instead of my others. I cannot believe how much difference that made. I don't know how many people dislike Caron for it's splittiness but this was the answer to my wishes because I love all the Carom colors and how it feels in my hands but could never use what I'd bought. It just shows that if you like something enough there has to be something you can do to make it work.

11 comments:

Tonya said...

Interesting observation regarding the change in hook. I'll have to keep it mind the next time I find a yarn hard to work with.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

I've had similar experiences with knitting needles - some yarn needs pointy needles, some needs slippery needles and some needs sticky wood needles. The right tool for the right job!

Glad to here you've worked through your challenge - one lovely finished object and another in the planning stages!

I've never had second sock syndrome. I knit them one at a time on DPNs, and I usually really enjoy knitting through the pattern a second time. I'm more confident, it goes quickly and I can enjoy the process a bit more. I guess I'm just wierd :)

RugbyMad said...

The mango is stunning. I also change my needles and hooks depending on the yarn I'm using.

Faith said...

Your socks are lovely, how exciting to be making two, I have one sock in my basket too from about 8 months ago.

goodpurlgonebad said...

Lovely crafting! I can't believe where the time has gone either, two months already!

One day I will learn how to make socks, they always look so involved and beautiful.

k2tog said...

thanks for your observations with caron. i have found it to be splitty during knitting too...if you figure out which needles are best for me, let me know! LOL!

Ruth said...

I love the Mango, the colur is just yummy. I've never used Caron before but I will keep your observations in mind.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

For some reason, I can't even finish one sock. I'm amazed by the people who churn out socks by the dozen. Even though blankets are way larger and more of a time commitment, I have more fun making them than socks. So I applaud your ability to make one - and if you can make too, even better!

Kim said...

Love your socks! My personal thoughts on needles:
1. bamboo = tears and frustration and no good
2. addi turbos = peace and happiness!

*smiles*

Sara said...

I like Caron yarns. Spa is my favorite, but Simply Soft works too. Love the two toes on the socks.

thewoolymammoth said...

I've also had similar frustration until I've found the proper combination. They should have to post a warning label on them "Caution using this needle with the wrong yarn can induce screaming, swearing, and/or drinking."