Yarn Along

5:30 AM

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  Now that the Dr. Who Scarf is completed, I can once again have multiple projects on the needles at the same time!

I was in Durango, CO two weeks ago and stopped into Yarn Durango.  I bought sock yarn!  Earlier in June, I was in Portland Oregon and while there I visited a crafting thrift store called The Knittn Kitten.  I bought 36 inch size 0 &1 circular needles figuring if I didn't like knitting socks by the magic loop method, I wasn't out too much money.

Anyhoo, the very nice lady at Yarn Durango printed out a two at a time- magic loop- toe up sock pattern off of Ravelry for me.   (This one!)  It's a customizable pattern...any size yarn and any size needle.  But... I have to do a test swatch!  Yikes!  I've never done that before.  I googled it and then I asked the other mama's in our Tuesday crafting group how to do it.  This is the beginning of my test swatch.  What I have realized from this so far is that I don't like tiny needles and I don't like tiny yarn.  Maybe I'll feel differently after I've made a pair of socks!


Last week I got the Snow Child from the library and was able to finish the last part of the of the book.   I must say that I wasn't all that enamored with the first two parts of the book.  But part three, I loved.  I am intrigued by how the author used a Russian Fairy Tail as the premise of her book.  Now I'm reading The Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger.  It's a murder mystery that takes place in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
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Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!


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8 comments

  1. That sounds like an intriguing murder mystery. This may sound odd, but I like murder mysteries in cold settings (like that one in Minnesota). It adds to the eeriness. I am currently watching the TV series Fargo and the setting makes it so much more awesome.

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  2. I think once your sock is done you are going to love sock yarn and tiny needles. I do not know how to knit magic loop or toe up, although I would love to learn.

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  3. so glad you finished the book, phew. Love the sock yarn, reminds me of the beach. Happy knitting!!

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  4. Yay! You're going to knit some socks.

    Ever since I learned how to do it, I prefer to knit my socks toe-up. That way, I can end them when I am getting close to running out of yarn (I split the hank/skein into two before casting on). The one thing that I found interesting was that I tried doing two at a time toe up and really disliked it. I felt like it was taking me twice as long as if I were to do them one at a time. Your mileage may vary.

    What I can tell you, Jen, is that after a while, you will get a feel for how many stitches YOU will need to cast on in order to knit socks for yourself, your husband and C. (For me, it's about 64 stitches on US size 1's). And, then, you may only have to do a gauge swatch every now and then. :-)

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  5. yay for socks!!!! summer and socks just seem to go together--- and I'm behind in my casting on!!! Have never done magic loop---do tell how you like it. it always seems like it would be very fiddly====but then, I'm an old dog and learned on dps. :)

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  6. I haven't tried the magic loop method, but have read so many people that love it. I might have to give it a go someday soon!

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  7. It takes a little while to like the smaller yarn. But after you knit a pair or two you will love it. Magic Loop is my favorite for sure!

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  8. I was JUST wondering whether I'd be able to find a good two-at-a-time toe up pattern so thank you! I am favoriting it and will return to it when I'm ready to try socks again.

    I'm glad you ended up liking Snow Child! I was totally captured by it.

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