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FO: I got the blues

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The colour blue is very prominent in my stash. In fact I have 67 different types of blue somewhere in those cupboards right now. And it’s not just my regular stash, even the yarns that I dye are usually shades of blue. It’s just about the easiest shade to work with and I won’t apologise for dyeing or knitting with blue yarn every chance I get.

This post is about a couple of blue projects I finished recently which went out to a swap partner in Portland, Oregon. I was meant to be knitting a shawl for Nance but decided the scarf I wove using my own hand-dyed Faith, Hope and Love would be perfect.

I have always wanted to work with these two colours togetehr and even planned to knit a stripey shawl with them. But then the loom happened and before I knew it I was weaving happily with this speckled skein of silk and merino.

It did not take long actually as it was not a very wide scarf. Also with just 330 yards of weft, there was not a lot of weaving to do. The fabric is soft and shiny as can be expected with silk blends so I hope Nance will like it.

Project: Blue Silk (Raveled!)
Pattern: Plain Weave, 82 ends
Yarn: Dubai Knits Faith, Hope and Love
Loom: Cricket 15″ Rigid Heddle Loom, 10-dent reed
Warped on: 17 Aug 2012
Finished: 19 Aug 2012
Finished measurements: 7inches wide, 72 inches long including fringe

The main part of the swap is of course the pair of socks. This is a major achievement for me: using yarn from deep-ish stash (May 20120), using a new-to-me yarn and knitting my very first ever Cookie A design. This is Elm from The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes.

It’s not as complcated as t looks. No cables, no fancy stitches. Just a series of cleverly placed increases and decreases to create the wandering branches of the elm tree. The sock as written has a very tall leg so I had to make adjustments. I had to take out a couple of chart repeats for the leg and also amended the top of the foot chart to account for the wider foot that I wanted.

It all worked out very well and Nance said the socks fit her perfectly. Good thing I made notes on my project page so that I can knit these socks again for me. I’m still not sure I want tall socks.

Project: Int’l Sock Swap #7 (Raveled!)
Pattern: Elm by Cookie A.
Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock, colourway Bye Bye Blues
Needles: US1/2.25mm
Cast on: 20 Jun 2012
Cast off: 21 Aug 2012
Notes: I have 13 rows of ribbing for the cuff followed by Charts A, B and C. I then adjusted the stitches for the heel flap (27 sts) and instep (33 sts), 20 rows heel flap. I finished the gusset decreases with 33 sts on the sole. I need a wider foot so I am changing the stitch count to 66 for the rest of the sock.

The instep then went on to Chart D. I had to adjust it so that my instep statrs with a p3 and ends with a p3. Not very difficult to do once you got to that point.


4 responses

  1. Lovin’ your blues!

  2. Those socks are gorgeous! LOVE, love all the blue colors and fab scarf too.

  3. so pretty, both the socks and scarf! Lucky swapper!! are you joining us again for the next round?

  4. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the colours! If I ever be your swap partners, I’d love to get exactly the same scarf and socks 😉

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