Friday, 26 October 2012

On the Needles - Oct 26

My yellow scarf is progressing nicely.  It's almost long enough now, but the Loopy Ewe's challenge requires 400 yards.   So I'll just keep knitting until I run out of yarn.

I'm also planning my next project.  I still have the blue scarf on the needles, but I'm tired of scarf knitting right now, so I picked my next project.  Another pair of socks, this time from a laceweight yarn.  Someone told me that hand-knit socks hurt their feet, and I can understand that now that I have a few pairs.  The yarn ridges do make a noticeable pattern, especially when walking in just socks.

So I thought maybe a lighter yarn and smaller needles would solve the problem.   My goodness 2mm needles are small.  At 10 stitches and 14 rows to an inch, these socks are going to be slow going. I think I'll probably stick with plain knitting, since none of the sock patterns I've seen are designed for this gauge.  I spent some time last night finding the colour repeat, and lining up the 2 balls so that I can hopefully get matching socks this time.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else is knitting.  And check out yesterday's post for a peek at the reveal of the 2 mystery quilts I've been working on.


  1. The yellow scarf looks beautiful! Is this a lace pattern?

    1. The pattern is Briochette from Ravelry

  2. Have you tried sockweight yarn on smaller needles? My socks feel better if they are knit as a denser fabric. I would love to hear how your laceweight socks work out.

  3. I agree with Maggie... I've found that smaller needles and denser thicker knitting makes for much more comfortable hand knit socks. I try to get @ 2 more stitches to the inch than the gauge listed on the ball band, and have been much happier with the comfort leve... And when they're knit tighter, they wear better and last longer! Win/win!

  4. nice scarf
    I thought I was crazy that I can feel the knitting on the bottoms of my feet with my first hand knit socks.