Sunday, August 26, 2007

Webkinz Cuteosity Standings As of This Morning (voting ends Monday - make your voice heard if you haven't voted yet!!):
Pudge: 5
Cimi: 4
ks's Weird Amphibious Thing: 1

Non-Knitters Alert! This post is all knitting and yarn! Here's what happens when I finally go on vacation and do NOT have tendinitis. I finished two and a half samples:

Momogus Knits Baby Cabled Pullover (Rowan Cashsoft DK - please excuse wonky-looking hem)

Momogus Knits Basic Baby Cardigan and Basic Baby Cap (Lana Grossa Merino 2000)

Momogus Knits Baby Cabled Cardigan (Rowan Felted Tweed - I forgot to bring the rest of the yarn for this or I would have finished it too!!)

Vacation Socks!! There are two things you need to know about this picture. One, I love knitting dk weight socks for my boy. I'm not quite sure why. Those are his on the left - Steinbach Wolle Strapaz from the wonderful Stitchy Women in Poultney, Vermont. His feet are still small enough that it wouldn't be a huge pain to knit him fingering weight socks. I am just addicted to knitting him dk weight socks. KnitPicks used to have awesome dk weight self-patterning sock yarn that cost like, a penny, but they discontinued it. I wish I had bought a hundred balls of it.

Anyway, by Tuesday I had finished the projects I had taken up with me, and I was desperate for a fix. We stopped in HandKnits in Wilmington, Vermont where there was a huge supply of Koigu. I gleefully picked out two skeins, like a crack addict who just came across some, ah, crack. I wound it over my knee in the car and cast on right away. I got about an inch into it and realized this amazing fact: I had discovered the only ugly colorway of Koigu on Earth. I was lulled into thinking it would be pretty because it had orange and bright pink in it. What I ignored was the grey, grey-blue, grey-green and greyish-purple that were also predominant. Ew. But what's a knitter to do?

Of course I kept going, and then I decided to do an experiment. I've always done the heels and toes of my Koigu socks in regular nylon/wool sock yarn - to stretch what I thought was the skimpy yardage of the Koigu and also to give the socks some durability. So I decided, since I didn't have any regular sock yarn and since I was knitting the socks toe-up, that I would conduct an experiment and see exactly how far a skein of Koigu goes.

I finally bound off when there were still probably a couple of yards left. These ended up significantly longer than I usually make my socks. That said, I'm a very lazy knitter and doing the socks toe-up always means that I get bored about 2 inches after I turn the heel so my socks are always on the short side. I knit these on a #2 needle and only on 56 stitches, but I ribbed almost the whole leg (I started the ribbing when I couldn't stand the stockinette in that horrid colorway anymore) so my conclusion is that 175 yards is plenty of yarn for an adult sock. I wear a size 9, if you need further information for comparison or wish to buy me some shoes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Liz K. said...

I've never understood why people can't get an adult sock out of a skein of Koigu. I know I have short feet and all, but they seem plenty to me. And you're right. That's a Koigu loser you got there. Yech.

PS -- My daughter and I both vote for the Pug!

9:15 AM  
Anonymous purlewe said...

pudge of course.

glad to see your are wailing away at the knitting. Wanna come over and finish some of my stuff??

11:10 AM  
Blogger Mighty Momogus said...

liz k - you know what's sad? the koigu looks BETTER in the picture than in real life! You know what's even sadder? I have to knit the 2nd sock! And it's the longest sock I've ever made!!!!

purl - hello, stranger!! thanks for the vote!! and thanks for your gracious offer, but no, I just happen to have oh, about 1200 more projects to finish...

2:05 PM  

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