Friday, July 11, 2008

Not Just Socks

Some time ago I bought this yarn on e-bay with no clear idea of what to do with it. I decided after a couple of false starts to knit a triangular shawl for my Mother-in-Law who is elderly and lives in Athens. I hoped to have it finished we travel there early September.

There's just one problem...I had absolutely no idea how much yarn this type of shawl actually consumes and since I didn't have a pattern I had no guide. I just picked up the stitch pattern from a magazine and the rules for making this type of shawl from The Yarn Harlots book, Knitting Rules. So I ran out of yarn.

No problem, right...after all I now knew how to dye yarn with Kool-Aid, I'll just order some bare from Knit Picks and all will be well. NOT...

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As you can see from the photo below, I really did not come close. The dyed yarn although in the same color range is way brighter. What do I do now?

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Did you really think I didn't have socks? That would be foolish. Those of you who read this blog know I can't not knit socks. I think I need to have some counselling for that issue. Anyway, below are my Monkey Socks which are so much fun to knit.

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One sock is done and I've cast on the second. This lovely yarn is Knit Picks Gloss, 70 % Merino and 30% Silk. They will be nice and warm for our cold winter.

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So what shall I do about the shawl, use the yarn and hope it blends in or frog it and start again with new yarn?



Blogger Rudee said...

First, I love knitting monkey socks. It is such an enjoyable pattern.

Second, how about frogging and then alternating the two yarns for something completely unexpected color wise?

Third, I ordered some bare knit picks yarn and plan a little dying of my own-thanks to you. I can't wait for it to get here!

Fourth, I wish I were going to Greece with you but I think it has already been established that there wouldn't be a suitcase big enough for my kitchen sink!

July 11, 2008 at 2:55 PM  

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