Saturday, August 02, 2008

Still Deciding

I just sat down to work on the Endpaper Mitts pattern with the skinny dyed cotton. I wound the yarn, looked at the pattern, did some math, and I'm just not sure about it. I think I'm on the wrong track. I don't think the 100% cotton is going to work with colorwork like this. I think it's more suited for stripes. I might buy more (someday) and make the skinny cardigan or something similar. Or I may hold onto the yarn forever.


I might still make the Endpaper Mitts, though. Twistedhausfrau told me that there's real yarn available in Elko. I mean yarn made with fibers I want to work with, from brands that I trust and love. So I checked it out and sure enough, I no longer have to pine for the tactile pick-me-up that yarn shopping affords. Of course, I couldn't leave without buying something. I needed some tapestry needles, but that's not enough. I bought five balls of Panda Silk. Maybe I'll match a couple colors for the Endpaper Mitts. Or maybe I'll get crazy and do something with all five colors. I am interested in trying out some more fair isle, so maybe a more complicated pattern is in my future. The possibilities. I don't know if I can handle it.


These socks will be for my sister. I tried using this yarn for socks before, but the pattern didn't like me. This pattern came to me while in the car on the way to Boise this week. It's a simple twisted rib pattern. Four hours of knitting is inspirational, I guess. Maybe it was all the mormon crickets we were smooshing with the car. I'll spare you the picture I'd promised earlier. I still can't get over how huge they are. Horror film huge.

6 comments:

Jaime B. said...

great colors, the red was the one made me weep and consider just dealing with the allergies though... there's just not color and sheen like that in the Panda Cotton...

TK said...

I know. I understand the qualities of wool, but it's so hard to find good yarn that doesn't have it. The Panda Silk isn't bothering me, thankfully. I'm finding that merino in less-than-50% quantities is okay on my hands. Thankfully, I don't get wheezy or constricted from yarn. Itchy, but not worried for my life.

Carrie K said...

I'm just grateful I'm allergic to dust, trees and grass and mostly yarn isn't made from any of those.

Pretty colors! Clearly they just want to marinate in your stash until they decide what they want to be when they grow up.

The Walker Treasury Project has one of Barbara G Walker's stitch dictionaries with the patterns knit up IN COLOR (which is lovely) and the directions all online.

TK said...

Thanks. I'll check that out. I started the Endpaper Mitts in the blue and orange Panda Silk. It's a very thin-feeling yarn, but it's knitting up fine on a size three needle (up from the two I started with). My colorwork skills have tremendously improved with this project, though I'm having trouble with my tension and the purl "seam."

AndyMeg said...

Real yarn in Elko! I'll have to make a trip down sometime to see for myself. If you haven't bought it all up, that is.

aimee said...

at first i thought you meant the SOCKS were huge! hahaa. i'm glad you spared us the pic.