Monday, May 28, 2007

First Signs of Snow

I've been busy with finals and apartment hunting, but I did manage to swatch for my Sockapalooza 4 socks with the Cascade Fixation yarn, and I started on the first Snowflake Lace sock. I haven't been able to spend a whole lot of time on it, and knitting with Fixation does take some getting used to, especially in a lace pattern. My only concern is, the sock seems a little wider than I would have expected. But it is a mostly-cotton yarn, probably not as stretchy as wool, even with the elastic content, so perhaps it's supposed to be wider-looking. And, when I actually measure the sock, the measurements around the leg (unstretched 7.5", stretched 11") seem reasonable. What do you think?
Inspired by the stitch markers that Terri Lynn sent me, I bought some basic beading supplies (an inexpensive set of pliers and cutters, some wire, head pins and beads) and made my first ever, handmade stitch markers! It was a fun thing to do for a study break, and kind of necessary. With the shawl that I've been knitting for Moocow growing, my need for more stitch markers seems to grow exponentially. I definitely foresee more stitch marker-making in my future.

10 comments:

Amy said...

In my opinion, Fixation is stretchier than most wools, due to the elastic content.

If your leg is similar in size, I'd encourage you to slip it on and see how it feels. That may be your best bet to judge the size.

Looks nice!

Mithranstar said...

They look beautiful, and that pale icy blue is perfect!

It's definately worth trying them on you, or someone who has similar measurements to your pal to get an idea of fit. I did that with one sock I knitted and it was about twice the size I expected so i'm glad I found out before I knitted too much and had to rip the whole thing!

Mithranstar x

knitty_kat said...

definitely try on, it's the best way to get some idea of how they will fit. I've never knit with it, but I would think they would have a LOT of give.

Jamie said...

I've never used Fixation, but I just bought some, so I'll have to give it a try! Love the socks and love the stitch markers!

Alotta.knittin said...

Love your pattern! I'm using it with Lorna's Laces and it's working up beautifully. Great color you're using.

Seanna Lea said...

For the Fixation lace socks, how many skeins did you get for them? I have two random skeins of purple fixation that I probably should be a good doobie and use, but the yardage seems small for socks.

SecretSockPal said...

There is gobs of yarn in those little fixation balls, but you have to really reduce the number of stitches in a row because it is so stretchy. To give you perspective, I made a *pair* of ankle socks for my MIL in size 8.5 out of *just one ball* and had plenty left over. I think I had to go down to 40 stitches per row to keep them from being too loose.

Kea said...

So uh, can anyone explain to the ignorant how stitch markers are used? They look really cool, but I can't figure out just from looking at them which bit goes where! I just use scrap yarn to mark my place.

Lana said...

You use them pretty much the way you would use scrap yarn. You can mark the beginnings and ends of sections, and it makes it a lot easier when you have a complicated pattern with a number of repeats. These kinds of markers "move up" with the knitting, though. That is, it only marks the row that you are currently knitting, because you put it onto the knitting needles, rather than on the stitches themselves. If I want to mark particular stitches, I use safety pins.

Kea said...

Ah, I get it. I'm making a hat now, and the pattern called for stitch markers. Since I don't have any wire or beads on hand, I just used a bunch of twisty-ties. Same principle, just not as pretty.