August 6, 2007

SOS #16 done and a swift

8607bAnother post, another pair of socks. Am I getting tired of socks yet? Not really. I'm getting tired of flipping through More Sensational Knitted Socks. This pattern was taken from that book, but it is only a 10 stitch repeat. I changed it and made it a 12 stitch repeat. This pattern was fun to knit, but it really needs a good blocking before it looks good. Before blocking, it has a mountain range type of texture.

The yarn is Cider Moon's Icicle in Cherry Bomb. The variegation in this yarn was really nice. It's hard to find the dye repeats. I would say that this yarn is perfect for someone wanting to do a nice stitch pattern, but doesn't want the color repeats to distract from the pattern. This yarn comes in a very generous 105 gms skeins and I used around 55 gms for this pair of socks. I have enough to make another pair of shorter socks for myself or really tall socks for E.

Yarn: Cider Moon Icicle in Cherry Bomb
Needles: size 0 (2mm) Knit Picks Classic Circular
Method: magic loop, two at once, toe up with Turkish cast on, short row heel
Pattern: modified Fan Lace (p. 99) in More Sensational Knitted Socks
Notes: 45 gms of yarn leftover
Start: August 3, 2007
Finish: August 5, 2007

8407bThis weekend was a bit rainy. I showed Dwight some plans for making a swift and asked him if he could make one. He replied that we didn't have everything on the supply list. I asked him if he could make one with what we have on hand. I wanted him to make it without having to buy anything. He's a master at substituting things, whether it's constructing something or cooking. That usually drives me crazy, so he was probably happy to hear that I wanted him to do just that. It turned out great!!! And it works perfect too. I said to heck with not winding yarn until I need it. I sat there and wound two skeins of yarn right after he made it and before we sanded it.

This swift was made out of leftover cedar wood that we had on hand. We sort of used the instructions for swift #2 with many modifications. We used one wood block. We didn't have a large dowel for the center. Dwight opted to use a large bolt, four washers, and two hex nuts in the center to hold things together. After making this one, Dwight's engineering brain kicked in and figured out a better way to construct it. The first comment that he made when I was using it was, "you know we could attach a motor to that to turn it for you." :-D



Jen said...

I always inlist B to help me untangle my yarn, and after a few nightmares I think I can easily convince him to make a swift for me. Muhahahaha!

As usual the socks are gorgeous and I'm really digging that colorway. I'll have to make a mental note of that for later. :)

Octopus Knits said...

Wow... 16! Nice socks -- and awesome swift, Dwight!

Jen said...

As usual, love the new socks!! I am always so inspired when I read (and see) your blog. I LOVE the thought of the motor! lol Toooo funny.

Jeanne said...

Very pretty socks!

Anonymous said...

Very neat indeed! You have a brilliant husband! And I am enjoying seeing all of your new socks! WOW! You are amazing! I'm so happy that I have some...that's all I want to wear now!