I'm so glad that you like them - so does my husband. Yes, they are very soft. The yarn was a real pleasure to work with, and I will be interested to see how well it wears. The Regia Silk is 55% Merino, 20% silk, and 25% Polyamid; the KnitPicks is 70% Merino and 30% silk.
(I want to try the KnitPicks version as soon as the current sock yarn stash dwindles ... at least a bit....)
Silk is a lot tougher than it looks (parachutes, e.g.), so I'm hopeful.
BTW: a sailboat! I am jealous.
Delighted to hear my method is working for you. Best regards.
Amy, I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that two photos of the socks I referred to earlier as having been done in the Magic Loop method have been posted. (See "Regia Silk Cocoa.")
The stitch pattern for these was taken from Ann Budd's Broken Rib Socks (pattern available at http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/legwear/Broken_Cable_Socks_304-1.html) but using my own pattern otherwise. (They are for my husband, and the measurements for his foot are quite different than those of the pattern for a woman's foot, as you might imagine.)
I decided to use the Magic Loop method because the placement of the cable crossing shifts back and forth in the Broken Rib pattern. I had never tried the method before, but I really noticed an increase in speed of progress for this specific pattern using it because I did not have to re-think the best division of stitches around my needles.
The socks I'm knitting now are a three-stitch repeat ("Supple Rib" - in Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches (the old paperback version) it's on page 35), so I am back to using a 5-needle set of DP's.
Just thought you might want an update. Hope your own socks are bringing you as much joy as making mine do for me!
Thank you for the compliment on the Aran sweater. Believe it or not, I started that sweater six years ago.! As a working mom, I don't get as much time to knit as I'd like, and I knew that sweater would be a challenge when I started it. I love knitting cables, though, so it didn't really occur to me how much time it was taking me to knit. Each winter I hoped it would be the year I would get to wear it through the cold New England winter season, but I'd still be knitting on it come spring. For this sweater, I used a 100% virgin wool yarn of worsted weight - Reynolds Candide. It has proven to be a nice rugged yarn for this project and will be perfectly suited for the intent I have to wear this sweater as an outer layer when spending time outside. I didn't know much about woolen yarns available back when I began this sweater and might possibly choose something softer if I made it now, something from a merino wool, perhaps, but I still will enjoy this sweater! It is from the book Two Sticks and a String by Kerry Ferguson.
yes my family laughs , as all males, but mom knits everywhere. I always have socks going in the console of the van. My fave place to knit is the hockey arena as my son plays rep....keeps me from listening to all the hockey politics and keeps you warm at the same time. On the deck in the summer is also kool......
U have been very busy. Went to the Alpaca Show here & had alot of fun. Purchased some fiber. Start my spinning lessons next Fri. Can't wait. I also bought some fiber so I can dye as well. I'm just like a kid in a candy store when ot comes to all of this. Been reading about some spinning wheels. Need to try them out before u buy! Going out of town this weekend . Up to Ind. will check out some fiber there.
Hey, How are u? I have 4 projects going at the moment. A pair of socks, a shawl/scarf, a Juliet sweater and a entrelac shawl. We should try to get Mamaroneck people together. I feel like I haven't seen you in sooo long. What are you up to these days? I see you were busy wit the play. I haven't got into blogging yet. I love Ravelry. You can find almost anything there.
I actually played brain age every single day last year-until xmas and puzzle quest! I play mostly puzzle games. I used to feel guilty about playing but now I refuse! My hubby enjoys sports and I enjoy my ds!
My kids have ps2's and ds. Today, in about 1 hour, we are driving up to phx to pick up a truck for my teenage son. Ugggg. He got a job so he gets a vehicle! He's 16 so it's his first. I think I would rather get him a WII!!!!! It's mom shock. My oldest wasn't interested in either working or driving while he was home but this one................!
This is one of my sweet little alpacas - his name is Milton. He's 2 years old and is a light fawn color. I've just started planning out a sweater that I want to knit with his wool - he's a real cutie.
I'm sorry I didn't reply to you sooner - I actually tried to...but I just realized that I added my comment to you back on my own page. I'll get better at this soon.
Thanks Amy I appreciate it. What is the name of the play? What part is he playing? I love plays. We go to Actor Theater here in louisiville. We have season tickets. They have wonderful plays. Have a great day!
I loved looking at your work, how beautiful your beaded bags are!
I really liked the blue top pic #8. Thanks for sharing, I always give my projects away before I remember to take a pic. I'm trying to do better, so I can share more.
Amy, my preferred method with socks is to do the first scok from the top cuff to the heel flap on a set of 5 dp's, then do the second sock from top cuff to heel flap on a second set of 5 dp's. Next I do the heel flaps (both at the same time - side by side) on a single set of straights. When that is done, I pick up the gusset stitches for each of the socks (using their respective sets of 5 dp's) and work each sock down to the end of the decreases. Having done that, I work each sock to the toe. When both toes are completed, I Kitchener the toes at the same time and do the finishing.
This alternating from sock to sock keeps me working on the same portions of the socks one right after the other, makes any tweaks to process easy to remember, and helps to prevent the dreaded "Second Sock Syndrome."
I have used the Magic Loop method recently on a cabled pair of socks, and it was useful for that application since the cable transfers were a bit clumsy to manage crossing from one needle to another. I will probably use it again in the future, since it seemed to move the sock along very quickly. (However, I do own a lot of sets of dp's, and there's a familiarity to them in my hands that is pleasant.)
I'll note the use of Magic Loop when I get the toes Kitchenered on the cable socks. You'll see them notated as "Regia Silk" when I put the pictures up.
Thanks Amy for the note of encouragement. Our community has very few knitters and no social outlet to share my work with. I am working on getting a knitting club started but for now it will be nice to have a network of people who love knitting as much as I do to share with. I really enjoyed looking at your work and love the socks! I absolutely adore knitting socks. My favorite!
LOL! Give yourself a minute! With all the techniques out there, it just takes awhile to getting around to trying them all. Fair Isle can be a little daunting because there are so many stitches when you're working at 7-8 sts/in, but it's also self-motivating--you always want to see what happens at the next color shift. Entrelac and modular knitting are fun because you are working in small squares, and you get a rush of accomplishment when you finish each one, and there are often little patterns to do in the squares.
I kind of go in spurts as to what I like to knit. Last summer it was socks--I did four pairs, which I didn't photograph because I'd have to block them, and I was too lazy. Now I'm into lace, which is weird because I'm not a lacy person at all, but I love making it. I prefer involved patterns, except that I don't particularly enjoy intarsia, though I'll do it if a daughter pesters me enough. The only thing I won't do is miles and miles of plain stocking stitch.
I'm with you regarding books on iPods. We're flying to Albuquerque tomorrow, and I have my new lace shawl to work on and Pride and Prejudice on the iPod, so I'm all set. (I got mine for Christmas and knit a caddy for it the next day, out of leftover sock yarn. My definition of a knitting geek is someone whose iPod caddy matches her socks.)
Your cardigan sounds way more adventerous than anything I've done in a while! I've been working at this school for six years now so alot of my time is sucked up by this job! I have some really ambitious stuff planned out for when I retire in May. (sounds funny-I'm only 46 years old!) I have an mp3 player from several years ago which doesn't do internet but my new cell phone does. I haven't watched any pod casts yet-no time. I want to learn to knit socks this summer-love wild socks. I also really want to try dying my own yarn-that sounds like you had a blast! I also plan on getting a little inside dog (papillion) in May or June to have as a lap buddy while I knit-hope he or she gets into it like your cat! If so, we will have to exchange photos of our knitting buds!
I have the spiro game (3 boys-have lots of games), but I haven't played it yet.
I have a purple sweater I have been working on-I'm not really following a pattern but hopefully it will turn out to be a tunic with a turtle neck.
Then I have a lace shawl I'm working on and I plan to make a pineapple drape for our pellet burning stove as we won't use it until next Oct or Nov. This will be a patternless project too.
I have the yarn to make my step-mom in law a long lace jacket but just made one for me so don't feel like starting it up again just yet!
What are you knitting?
Do you crochet?
How do I find time to knit? I was hooked on knitting from the very start so I am always working on at least one thing. I have given away most of the pairs of socks, except 3 pair. I don't know, I think I'm addicted and I don't watch tv or ride in a car without my knitting. It is my sanity, my calmness, my brain-stimulant, and my creative outlet. It's saved me from depression and being a SAHM, I do get a spare 1/2 hour here and there between loads of laundry and cleaning and doing errands!
Hi Amy! You were my first comment! Thanks for noticing me! How do I find time? I don't know really-some days nothing gets done. Then there's the fact that for the last six years I have also been running a computer lab at an elementary school! (I'm quitting in May so I can spend more time well-doing the fun stuff!)
Actually, I regulate my time-knit in the morning, break for chores, read a little, play for a while-plus I never just sit and watch tv-gotta be doing something else-usually that is my Nintendo DS time. If you are a gamer like me, get yourself a Nintendo DS and the game Puzzlequest-battle of the warlords. I got this game for Xmas and have been utterly addicted to it!