Monday, May 5, 2008

Finally! Firestarters! Finally.

Started in November. Finished May 1st. Finally!
Great Pattern plus Great Yarn equals Great socks!

Wollmeise 100% Superwash Sockenwolle
Raku-Regenbogen Dark
Only 3/4 of a skein.

I modified it slightly by knitting the front of the leg in stockinette, my intent was to showcase the gorgeous colors of my yarn. After seeing them finished I'm still undecided if this was a good decision. If I knit another pair I'll probably rib the front also.

I totally cheated and used "written words" and a cable needle to knit these. I was so intimidated by the pattern, but at the same I loved it. After binding off (which by the way was cool double stranded like that-never did that before) I cast on immediately for another Yarnissima pattern and when translating the Very Terhi into words I suddenly "got it". I can totally read her charts now. No more translating! Yea!!! On to Fratello, La Digitessa, and Spina after the Terhi's!

I tried to find a way to photograph the socks that was symbolic of the name. It was hard to do without fire...there was no way I was going to put these pretties anywhere near any flame so I settled for a pile of potentially firestarting wood chips.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Firestarter

This is my frist Firestarter, I chose this yarn specifically for this pattern. I like this yarn, not sure if its the yarn or how it was wound (because I know the lady at the store was new and had a lot of trouble with the swift) but I keeps tangling in the ball and I have to cut and attach a new strand - after getting frustrated enough to cut once I try to untangle for several minutes.

Other than that, I am loving this pattern. Its a little confusing at times and I've had to un-knit a few rows and start again two or three times, but I think the second sock will go really well.

I was worried the sock may be a little loose, but the guage averages correctly and I think once the leg is done with ribbing it'll hold up on my leg and take up the slack in the heel that's there now.

Angela T.