Wednesday, April 25, 2012

No quilting to show, although I've been trying to do bits here and there.  Thanks to spraining my ankle going down the stairs, and then twisting my knee (while trying to protect my ankle when tripping over the dog's bone), I've had lots of propped-leg time to knit.  Thankfully seasons 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey appeared just in time to keep me company.

I managed to finish the red Simple SKYP socks in March (love these!) and started on prototype socks for the grandkids, who have exceptionally long feet for their ages.  But just like the three bears, the first ones were too big so I ripped them back and started over.  The second pair are too small, but I may just bind them off and donate; I hate ripping back knitting.
Simple SKYP

Plain vanilla socks in Kroy FX

While waiting to try the blue socks on the kids, I started the next pair for my 12 in 2012.  This pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks in an old Knitpicks Essential yarn.  It's a lot thinner than the Stroll yarn I used for the SKYP socks. Even after going down a needle size after I finished the toes they are too loosely knit and too big, so I'll be ripping something back after all.  Although it doesn't show well in this washed-out photo, I love the texture this pattern creates. 
Hermione's Everyday Socks, Knitpicks Essential in Grasshopper

After slogging through the SKYP socks one at a time, I decided to invest in a kitchen scale so I could break down large skeins for two-at-a-time socks.  I researched scales on Amazon and finally decided on this one by EatSmart. I wanted something that could weigh yarn or food with appropriate units of measure and that would allow me to zero out any container before putting in/on the food to weigh.  I couldn't be happier with the purchase, and for food portion control it can't be beat.  They have exceptional customer service too.  No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer!

Weighing leftover yarn; 18 grams

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