Saturday, November 10, 2007

An FO and a WIP... Yipee!!

I have an FO!! It seems like it's been a while, and actually, it has. I finished my Falling Water Lace scarf Friday. As I usually do, I had a bit of a dilemma with the scarf. Scarfs shouldn't be so hard... but for me they are. I always dither over how long to make them. I wanted to be able to wrap this scarf a couple of times around my neck. It gets cold here in Philly. But it seems I'm not one of those naturally fashionable people who can always make that look work. I had 4 balls of the Reynolds Odyssey, (104 yards each) and considered stopping at 3 but if I did, there would be no wrapping. So I started the 4th ball and I kept checking the length. Should I just knit until I ran out of yarn? Should I stop and try to get a hat out of the remainder??

Finally, I asked Jenny Girl for her opinion, and after looping it, bamboo needles and all around my neck, we decided I was done. I wet blocked it Friday night. I swished it gently around in the sink, pinned it out on a layer of towels and a sheet, on top of my 6ft. carpet runner. It's dry and ready to wear. And as usual, I worry that it may be a little too long. But it is pretty!! Now I need a new coat to go with it!!

While the scarf was drying I started some worsted weight house socks out of my ball of Paton's Classic Merino which I dyed with Kool-Aid last weekend.

Originally I wasn't thrilled with my color choices but now that it's wound in a ball and on my needles, I like it better. I'm trying to decide on a name for the yarn or the socks, other than the very original "Kool-Aid socks". Which is what I'm calling them right now. As I've been knitting I've thought the yarn reminds me of sherbert, watermelon, old faded Christmas colors (you know, like when you find an old red and green candy cane in a box of Christmas decorations you're unpacking and it's all faded and stuck to the wrapper), and possible popsicles. Mmmm.... anyway, even though the colors are, shall we saw youthful, I'll probably keep them for myself since I don't think either my daughters or my Mom will want a pair of Kool-Aid socks that require handwashing.

They're ankle socks, I'm hoping I can get a pair out of the 223 yards of the Paton's wool. And I'm definitely in the market for some dyable superwash!! And more Kool-Aid.


  1. Oh, it's lovely colour. very sweet.

    Love the greenly too. (my fav)

  2. Let me say that you are the greatest! I am so impressed that your first batch of dyed yarn is so cool! It's so much prettier in real person! The sock is perfect.

    I love the scarf too (as always with everything you knit).

  3. Girl,
    As you well know, I absolutley love these socks. Don't bring them to work again, if you know what's good for you. These pretty socks may just walk away into my bag!
    You have inspired me to try the Kool-aide.