The mystery of 2-plied yarn

I have talked before about how people I talk to look upon swatching. How they try to get out of it and how gauge is not a universal thing. There is another thing that is not universal: plying. I sometimes meet knitters who ask for 2-ply yarn for a certain pattern. The problem is that 2-ply yarn could be anything. It can be lace weight and it can be bulky. I know that there are older patterns that state that you need 2-ply yarn and that’s it, which makes me think that once there actually was a universal measure for 2-ply yarn. But, there isn’t anymore. Therefore you have to play detective to determine what yarn to use when it comes to those patterns but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

I’m guessing 2-ply yarn in older patterns means something around fingering weight, if you follow the logic that the more plied a yarn is, the heavier the weight. It’s a great logic except that it doesn’t work. I know of bulky yarn in single ply and of lace weight in 4 ply and everything is just a mess.

So let’s once and for all state the fact here: that a yarn is 2-ply says nothing of the yarn weight.

Mix up

I have reached the toe on the second sock. I’ve been happily knitting along and I suddenly  reached the toe. It all went so quickly, which is quite nice, I’ve knit a pair of socks, great! Then it hit me. I’m at the toe on the second sock and that’s when it hits me: I’ve mixed up the kits! This variegated color was supposed to go with the lighter blue, not the darker. I don’t know what I was thinking, especially since there has been something chafing the entire time.

What am I going to do? Rip out two socks? Now that I know they weren’t really meant to be I’m not sure I like them at all. Or do I keep them and knit from the “real” kit with the leftovers? I know there is enough left for another pair and if I remember correctly it was the solid color that was closest to run out. It will be fun to see how they were supposed to look, according to my plan…

Winter brings out the knit(ter)s

We’re having an amazing winter right now. Just look at that amazing light. Both me and Me Made are warm and cozy in our hand knits (me more than Me Made though, I’m more movable and can’t use a toes muff as much as the baby): sweaters, hats, blankets, shawls and socks. I’m also knitting socks and meeting knitters of all kinds: nice knitters, stressed knitters, experienced knitters, new knitters, returned knitters, scared knitters, comfortable knitters, insecure knitters and laid back knitters. I always find it so interesting to see how knitting people embrace knitting in such different ways and almost all of them are sure their way is the only one. It’s quite fascinating and winter is the knitter’s prime time.

These socks are made for walking

Socks! I love knitting them. I knit more than I need and I am fairly certain that I have also met all the needs of socks among my friends and family for years to come. But I still knit socks. It’s fun, soothing and relaxing and you never know when you might need a pair. It’s the process that’s important, not the finished item.
There are quite a few of us, sock knitters, but there are also powers who try to run us out of business. The other day I say something in a shop window that puzzled me. It was an electric feet warmer, a device in which you could put your feet and the device would warm them. Now, what is this? What’s so wrong with socks? They are flexible and come in any color or shape. Are they trying to make socks redundant? Have we come to the point where everything technological is automatically better than everything else? Well, joke’s on you, with this device you have to stay put, you can’t leave your chair. Me, I’m out walking in this cold but lovely winter weather, with my feet warm and comfortable in my woolen socks. Beat that if you can!

It just took me a while

Hah! I did have a color of the year in 2017. I didn’t act much upon it at the time but I did buy some yarn: bright orange and hot pink. I think it’s a great combination and one day it will be come a shawl. It feels good to know that the tradition isn’t broken, as it has now become a thing.

It’s finally here, the color of the year!

Zebra socks might have way too many ends to weave in, in the end, but they are fun to knit too. I’m going to try to twist it a bit so that I reduce four ends per sock this time, and perhaps also weave in some ends while I go along. This color combination is quite nice, especially when the brown and the blue meet. This is not the first time I’ve looked at that combination this winter. My latest MKAL kit also contains blue and brown. Could that be this year’s color? A little late to the party, I admit, but this year hasn’t exactly been ordinary.   It feels good to have found the combination of the year, I like traditions. I’ve done it for almost a decade (although I’m unsure about 2017, was there a color that year? Or was I too busy feeling ill and tired to notice any colors?) and it’s fun to see what I pick each year. Blue and brown is a new combination, I’m intrigued.

My brain wasn’t completely missing at least

I might have forgotten about those mittens that I mentioned in my last post, but there was something I did manage to do this summer. Do you remember the list I made? I made that in the beginning of July, which is when things started to get really crazy, so let’s se how I did.

First on the list is a cowl. Well, I did make myself a cowl. And I wore it a lot. And it’s beautiful. I didn’t show it on the blog but I’ve worn it and liked it quite a lot. Now it’s too cold for it but it will be summer again soon enough.

Pattern: Let It Flow by Alla Saenko. Yarn: Eco Baby from Debbie Bliss, colors 14030 (Pale Blue?) and 14006.

Second on the list is a baby cardigan. I did make a baby cardigan. I don’t know if that sweater has been worn but I know that the baby who received it is lovely.

Third is a lace shawl and we all know I did make a lace shawl. It took some time but in the end I did it. And it looks good.

See, I managed to do what I set out to do. I made all the things on the list, and some other things as well, even though I did forget about those mittens. Maybe it’s time to make another list?

Memory loss

It seems I promised someone to knit them a pair of mittens this past summer. I was reminded of it about a month ago and had to embarrassingly admit that I had completely forgotten about the whole thing. I must have heard the words “mittens” and then let go of the entire thing. It’s not like me at all, but it seems to be the case this time. Now it also seems I got a pattern for those mittens I and can’t remember one thing about it, least of all how that pattern looked. What has happened to my memory? Can I blame the little person in the picture? I admit, this summer was a bit crazy in so many ways: heat, hospital visits and a tiny baby. I just must have forgotten about a pair of mittens (I mean, it was impossible to even think about wool during that heat), read while being sleep deprived and unhappy. Hopefully we can remember the name of the pattern and perhaps find it again.

How much is enough?

The socks are finished, or just a block away. I thought I would run close on yarn but it turns out I have 25 grams left. That’l like 70 meters. It might not look like a lot but when you consider that I bought three skeins and if one pair of socks takes 75 grams, that means I will have enough leftovers for a whole other pair of socks once I’ve knit up the three skeins. Four for the prize of three.

It’s tricky, this yarn business. The other day I met a knitter who was very worried about the amount of yarn she had left and convinced she wouldn’t have enough. I asked what she had left and it turned out it wasn’t much. Then we weighed the yarn and it turned out she had 5 grams left. It doesn’t sound a lot but remember, it only takes 75 grams to make a pair of socks, and she only had a few rows left of the yoke. I assured her she would have enough so let’s keep our fingers crossed that she did.

Yarn, one never does what will be enough and what won’t.

“We’re moving on and we can’t slow down”

Today was my graduation day. After a huge choreographed ceremony I am now a bit tired but happy and feel utterly unprepared to go to work tomorrow. But it will be fine. My closest family was there and little Me Made was a trooper and fell asleep about halfway through. After the ceremony we went out to dinner, although Me Made had to go home with grandma, and celebrated some more. I brought my knitting and managed to get a few rows in there. A lot of pomp and circumstance and happiness and laughter and a little bit of sadness that an era is over.

Or, over might not be the correct term, we have an exam Thursday.

Graduation Song – Vitamin C.