Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Poor, poor stash!

I opened a bag with the pieces of my alpaca wrappy sweater and a worm fell out on me! Two cones of yarn are freezing whatever insect larvae may or may not be in them... the rest of the stash is freezing in the garage, mixed in with some freaky moth-killing objects that smell like urinal cakes (or so my husband claims). I'm not sure what a "urinal cake" is, but if it smells anything like those moth-objects, I'm not getting it anywhere near my mouth.

Kitty will attack birds on the screen, so perhaps he'll take care of whatever moths we have around here. (Watch The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill with your cat today!)

I haven't actually seen any moths and my stash was all bagged, so this may not end up being a major issue.

There are only a few things out for knitting. I finished some socks, which ran me right out of worsted-weight sock yarn. I just had to order more Artyarns supermerino and a little bit of something new to try.

Pattern: Toe up socks using magic cast-on and short-row heel on 48 stitches
Yarn: 1 skien of Artyarn Supermerino per sock, a truly super boot sock yarn in colour 125
Needles: Size 3 Crystal Palace DPNs

After a truly dangerous bout of second-thumb syndrome, I finished up a pair of mittens for my SIL. To make them extra snuggly, I added a ktbl lining to the cuff (one mitten is turned back so you can see the dark blue lining).

Frankly, I'm not sure I'd use this yarn for mittens again. Sure, it's soft (though processed-feeling). Unfortunately, it doesn't stick together like the Finullgarn in my beloved Frostrosen mittens, so I don't believe these will end up being really warm. Since the entire point of mittens is to be warm, I'm going to send these off to my SIL with an offer to knit her something else as well. I love the pattern, and the mittens are cool... unfortunately, the mittens may well be too cool for Canadian winters.

Pattern: Latvian Mittens chart 69 with extra ktbl cuff liner
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull


  1. Wow, did you really get 2 socks out of 104 yds of yarn? I might have to try some worsted weight socks if that is the case.

    I love the mittens. I hope they turn out to be warm enough b/c it would be a waste for those pretty things not to get worn. Beautiful work!

  2. I mistyped -- that's one skien of supermerino per sock. (I'll fix the entry in a minute... thanks!) It's still a good deal, but a little more reasonable. If you have big feet, you might want to try three skiens to be safe.

  3. Becky, I'd offer you my partial skien leftover from knitting a pair of socks with contrasting heels/toes, but I don't think you want any wool from my house until I'm 100% sure that the moth sighting was an isolated occurrence!

  4. Ack! Worms!
    Love the socks and love the mittens. I'm sure they would be warm where I am but I understand it gets a bit colder in other parts of the world. I'm sure your sil will love them anyway they are so pretty.