Saturday, January 20, 2007

First FO of 2007

I never thought I'd enjoy knitting with DPNs until I started and finished Ann Budd's Cowgirl Slipper Socks (with a yarn substitue, of course Using the suggested Buffalo Gold would have cost me $60/skein or $120 for the pair of socks!!!). I initially learned how to knit socks using the Magic Loop method, but now I think I've been converted, since it's a lot easier to move the stitches around using more than one needle. This little project dispelled notions that the stitches would be so slippery on DPN's that a jolt from one of my kids would send stitches flying off the needles, triggering a cardiac arrest and then causing a traumatic incident in front of two kids under the age of five. Using DPNs was quite the contrary despite using aluminium needles and not bamboo.

So how do you like my very own variegated, hand-dyed, handspun yarn? Luverly, isn't it? This is my first project using my own handspun. Totally exciting! As a bonus, I even learned the stretchy Norwegian cast-on method. Can't wait to delve into the next project! Just choosing one is the problem......

Cowgirl Slipper Socks
Started: January 1, 2007
Finished: January 12, 2007
Pattern: Cowgirl Slipper Socks by Ann Budd in IK Winter 2006
Yarn: My own, acid-dyed, handspun merino (fiber bought from Paradise Fibers)
Needles: 3-1/2 mm aluminium DPNs
Notes: Cute simple sock pattern for instant gratification! No modifications other than the yarn substitution.

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