Friday, 22 June 2007

Sock Clubs - Like Christmas in June!

Today I received a sock club instalment from Cazza's sock club. This club is closed, but with luck she'll open another one later in the year.

It was quite exciting (in a sock geek sort of way) to get a squishy package and have no idea what it contained.... What's the yarn colour? What's the pattern? Despite my control freak tendencies I like the idea that someone else gets to decide what I knit next. So I opened the package and found two skeins of variegated yarn in some lovely greens and blues with a smattering of purple. This picture doesn't really do the colours justice I'm afraid.

Being an obsessive I had to see what it was going to look like knitted up and cast on right after dinner. It's a lace pattern, which is not normally something I would knit in a variegated yarn - but after one repeat of the pattern it's looking pretty good.

Thanks so much to everyone who has left comments lately. It's nice to know people are visiting!

Wendy asked about the pattern for the round felted bag. I had to dig back in my memory - but with the help of google I've located the pattern a blog called amimono note may 31, 2005 entry.

I used Rowan Big Wool - 1 ball for each colour on 8mm needles.

My 'embellishments':
  • The striping pattern is random -- as a geek I use a single dice to determine how many rows the next section should be. If I try to plan out the 'random' stripes beforehand I end up overanalyising the whole thing. I try not to second guess the dice - but as a control freak that's hard for me!

  • I did a round of single crochet around the top of the bag - it just seems to finish it off for me.

  • The giant bobble and closure - they are pretty straightforward. The closure is a 2 or 3 stitch i-cord . The bobble is a square knit on the same size needles (10-12 stitches by 10-12 rows). Using a darning needle I thread a strand of the yarn around the square - stuffed it with bits of yarn then pulled it into a bobble shape.


Adrienne said...

pretty yarn! I love the little purses too!!

Nell said...

Dice... what a great idea for planning stripes!

Viknits said...

Using dice is a fantastic way of getting random stripes!
I didn't actually realise Bedouin Soundclash are Canadian, maybe that's why they don't seem that big over here. I think they're great, kind of like a modern Bob Marley style :D
Any luck with Zane Lowe yet? If I had credit I'd text in!
Great looking sock yarn - reminds me of heather moorland!

Wendy said...

Thanks so much for the pattern link! Your version of the bag is so cute. I will commence knitting!

Ahna said...

I can't even handle the Fassett coat. HOLY CRAP! I would go mad trying to knit that! It's beautiful!