Alas, no. We are overcast and cold: 21 F (or -6 C, if you prefer). However, it is supposed to warm up to the 40s and create a lot of fog as the snow melts off. And then tonight, rain.
Will this curtail the plans of the plucky ImpossibleA? Not at all!
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. –Joseph Chilton Pearce
A few months ago, I ran across a mention of “recycling sweaters.” So I searched the web for directions on how to recycle yarn out of thrift-store sweaters (or even sweaters you own but don’t like wearing). You can find information and tutorials here and here and here.
I found two incredible wool sweaters at Goodwill. One is a khaki marl–the main thread is deep green khaki and a strands of cream and celery wrap around it. The other is a dove grey that has never been worn!
Well, I finally got the nerve to snip into the green. The original sweater was absolutely ghastly, but the yarn said: Hey, I’m sturdy and warm! Knit me into socks. Because the yarn is a fingering weight yarn, the whole sweater took eons to unravel. [Tip: Have a friend or loved one help to save time.] I now have enough yarn to knit at least two or three pair of long socks.
I also decided to learn two new things: how to knit two socks at one time and how to knit socks from the cuff down. I figured that if I muck up the socks in the recycled sweater yarn, I can call it a learning curve; a failed sock using good wool would be a disaster. So, remember, $2.00 recycled wool sweater yarn is infinitely better than $23.00 hand-painted wool yarn.
Knitting from the cuff down seems to be the most popular method; a majority of patterns use this construction technique. I know how to knit socks already, but I’ve knit them all toe up so I can try them on as I go to see how the pattern fits. So since I have several cuff-down patterns I would like to try, I need to learn how this works.
I chose a plain jane pattern for my first cuff down sock: Drops Design 122-19. I also have been watching the construction techniques in Kelley’s Sock Class videos at KnitPicks. I’m knitting on size 1 needles (2.5 mm) and only using one circular instead of two.
Being a slower knitter, learning two new things at one time doesn’t make the process quick. The great part: I am finding that the two at a time method is beneficial to those of us with second sock syndrome. It also cuts down on any mismatches in a pattern–when you begin a pattern on one sock, you know exactly where to begin on the second! [I was always worried about doing plain socks one at a time: what if one was shorter than the other?] The downside: I’m not really digging the one circular gig–too much push-me pull-you with the cord and needles. It isn’t a smooth continuous process which cuts down on the joy of mindless knitting.
[On a separate note, I absolutely LOVE these Addi lace needles! They are sharp and the joins are so smooth. I can’t recommend them highly enough.]