Grey legwarmers revisited

How’s you knitting holding up? I mean your knitted items. Do they keep their shape? Has the yarn worn out on your heels? Are there small bobbles all over your sweater? What do we mean when we speak of quality? These things really interest me and I thought it interesting to revisit my old handknitted things and examine their state after years of use.

I thought I’d start at the beginning. Apart from the compulsory knitting in school, I was new to knitting not so long ago. I did use to sew quite a lot, but knitting hadn’t really caught my attention as someting one could actually do. At least not me. But for some reason, one day in early 2004 while I was visiting my mum, I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. I asked her if she had any yarn and needles and if she could remember how it was done. We did mange to find some dark red acrylic yarn and aluminum needles. My mum is not a knitter, so the yarn had probably been my grandmother’s. Granny was apparently an avid knitted and crafter all around, but I never knew her, she died when I was two.

Anyway, mum picked up the yarn and needles and managed to remember how to cast on. The knit stitch is easy to remember, so she showed me how they’re done and I was off to a flying start! A friend had to teach me purl stitches.

I’ve kept my first wonky little swatches, dropped stitches and all, to remind myself that we’re all beginners at the start. I like to bring them out from time to time just to look at them.

I asked some of my friends, who I knew were knitters, to teach me more and to take me to a yarn shop. I wanted to start with something easy but usable. I decided on a pair of ribbed leg warmers. I’ve always been partial to grey wool so I bought four skeins of grey Drops Alaska from Garnstudio. A friend lended me some double pointed needles (rosewood) and I was off.

Grey leg warmers
Grey legwarmers from 2004

This is my first project. I still wear them during winter, they’re very warm, they do not itch and I think that they still look good even though there are some mistakes here and there. But you only notice if you look closely. I’ve never washed them, so I don’t know how the yarn will behave if you do. They’ve only become a little fuzzy, hardly noticable, but there are no bobbles (no pilling) at all. As far as I can tell, I would say that the yarn is of a fairly good quality. It’s quite bouncy ans soft, but sturdy enough to take quite a lot of wear.

Have you knitted anything with this yarn? What is your experience? Are you happy with it? Would you say that this is a good quality yarn? I would love to know!

I will probably wear these legwarmer again next winter if the weather’s cold enought.

Happy knitting!

Wonderful wool

My mum gave me a wonderful present the other day. A whole bag full of yarn!

A whole bunch of yarn
Green and grey wool

The yarn is from Ateljé Guldtackan where they keep sheep and specialise in sheepskin products but also sell yarn from their own sheep. Mum bought me four hanks of a dark green yarn and three hanks of grey yarn. It’s lovely and soft but still with a little roughness to it that I like. I don’t have a designated project for it yet, but I’m certain that I will think of something suitable.

Happy knitting!

Widdershins

I have a new pair of socks! Soft yarn, but becomes fuzzy on the heels after one day’s wear.

Socks
Widdershins socks from Knitty

Pattern: Widdershins from Knitty, summer 2006
Design: Brooke Chenowth Creel
Yarn: 100 % merino wool, Koigu KPPPM
Yarn source: Purl Soho
Needles: 3 mm dpns
Started: March 20 2011
Finished: September 2 2012
Modifications: None

Socks
Autumn colours

Socks and cat
Vincent wanted to be in the photo

Socks and cat
Hello!

Happy knitting!

September Socks

Welcome to Autumn! The best season of all begins now.

What could be more suitable when the air turns chilly and leaves begin to turn than a pair of wooly socks? As with so many of my projects, I begun these a long time ago, in March 2011, but considering the autumnal palette, they really suit the season. I’m not a converted toe-up sock knitter (yet, at least), but I like that the heel is very similar to a heel made with top-down knitting. I don’t like beginning at the toe, though. I think it’s fiddly. I’ll probably continue to knit socks both top-down and toe-up.

Socks
Autumnal socks, Widdershins in Koigu

Despite loving the colours in the yarn I’ve used, I’m really not that fond of variegated yarn in general. I prefer solids. Especially when using a pattern that calls for lace or cables or other pattern elements that might get lost when using variegated yarns. That’s why I’ve chosen to knit these using a very plain pattern, just simple stocking stitch, nothing fancy. Just letting the colours do the job.

Anyway, I’ve almost finished the pair, so I will soon be able to show you a FO! I actually have two more FO’s to show you, the fingerless mittens and the striped scarf that I worked on earlier this year. I just haven’t had the energy to take pictures, but I promise I’ll do that soon.

Meanwhile, happy knitting!