Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yarn Along!

I am obsessed with sock yarn lately.  I love how fine and bright and sprongy it is.  I recently pulled out all the sock yarn I have in my stash and just gazed at it for a day, dreaming about all the possibilities.  (This from a girl who has never made a pair of adult socks!) 
My two sets of appropriate needles were being taken up with a languishing legwarmer
and a sock meant for a baby that is now 9 months old. 
So with visions of some socks I want to knit for myself, I evaluated the misshapen baby sock and discovered where I had gone astray.  I took a breath, ripped back to the heel, and picked up all the stitches that were waiting so calmly for me to do just that.  I finished that sock in a rainy afternoon, and promptly cast on its mate.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears has been my bedside reading for the last little while.  I'm savoring it this time, whereas I scarfed her down upon the first reading. 
Something she said about being frugal while not compromising quality stuck out to me in these lean times. 
"If you prefer to economize and love to knit, make your sweaters with very fine wool and many stitches.  A thin sweater weighs much less than a great heavy one, and, broadly speaking, wool sells by weight.  Fine knitting gives you many hours of your favorite hobby before you have to sally forth and make another capital investment."

Oh, EZ, what would I do without you?

9 comments:

Michaela said...

I do not know what any of us would do without her! Even when I'm not knitting I love her words. I could use her bold voice in all of my endeavors!

pinkundine said...

I love sock yarn - it seems to come in much more exciting colours than anything else (of course, I'm happier wearing those colours as socks as a rule!)

Good point from EZ, but I don't know if I have the patience to knit a sock weight sweater!

Jordmor-Hanne said...

I love yarn in multi-colour! And what is better than to put on a pair of homemade woll-socks? ;)

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

I am dying to get some more sock yarn and knit winter socks for my baby girl... I feel like if I can master the pattern in small size, all I have to do then is upsize it for myself! That would be great... haha! It's great that you got some things finished!

FlauschiOhren said...

I hear you on that sockyarn obsession! Those will be very lovely legwarmers, so colourful - perfect for a dreary winter's day

Theresa said...

I love knitting in thinner wools. It's a shame that takes so long, but it feels so light yet warm. I'm still plucking up the courage to try a grown up sock, good luck on yours.

Swanski said...

Your projects look fantastic! I also love to knit on tiny needles :)

Kathy said...

I am working on a pair of socks for my husband -- I knit one sock for me once, long ago, but messed up somehow and the cuff was too small at the top and I never unraveled it to fix it or knit the mate. But I'm hoping the 2nd time's a charm because I have a good bit of sock yarn that I would love to turn into socks!

I just discovered EZ from knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket and loved that pattern -- sadly, our library doesn't carry any of her books, so I'm hoping to buy copies before too long.

Happy knitting!

Mistea said...

Those baby socks are too cute - Lovely colours.
Will need to check and see if my library has any of those books - sounds very interesting.