Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Warming




It's the last day of summer here in Oz, the weirdest, wettest, coolest summer that ever there was. The rain hasn't let up for over a day. And on this day, while I wanted to curl up under a blankie and clickety-click the hours away, I kept my knitting goals modest and achievable. Finish the cuff on the second Legwarmie, cast off, Zimmerman style, and weave in the ends. It took most of the day, amid kid-wrangling, but I managed it. 

They haven't been blocked - note the aforementioned relentless rain. I experimented a little here, perhaps dangerous when knitting a pair of anything. The first was knit on DPNs, the second on a circular using the magic loop method. The verdict - absolutely the magic loop. Not only quicker and less fiddly, but one less vertical dip in the fabric where the needles change. Tell me, sock knitters out there, is this unavoidable? If so, how? Will it all come out with a wash and dry? Or are they there to stay?

My Stella was happy to model. "Look, socks, Mama," she said. Not quite, baby girl, but perhaps soon. I'm just warming up to that. In the meantime, I'll post these off to their chubby-legged recipient tomorrow and set to work casting on another pair, or three, for my girls. If that was summer, I fear what winter will bring. Better prepare.



Reading some copies of Mollie Makes that I finally got my hands on during recent trips to Sydney.

Ravelry notes for the Legwarmies here.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along, as usual.

30 comments:

  1. They look so cute! I agree that magic loop is a better approach than DPNs generally, I quite like the rhythm of it. And if you can knit in the round, you can easily make socks ;)

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  2. They look great. I still need to get the hang of the magic loop, am busy on a WIP on circulars and would be perfect if I didn't get so tangled up in my work.

    x

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  3. They are just so adorable! I can't wait to see when you knit a pair of socks, they really are not thet hard. Promise. Look around this web site and see if it helps..



    http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm

    Happy Yarn Along.

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  4. LOve. BEAUTiful photos, and little model !
    we havent been wet at all up here in the kimberley, a bit
    dissapointing,,,when compared to last years extremely wet season.
    x

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  5. how sweet, i love the legwarmers! and they always look so adorable on little kids' legs :)

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  6. I love the colors! And I agree, I love leg warmers on babes. Now if only they looked as good on me...

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  7. Wonderful stripes! These turned out really cute. I've only made a few socks on DPN's, and I think the next one will be magic loop. I'll have to report back later :)

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  8. I am loving Mollie Makes, my husband got me a subscription for my birthday. Quite fancy a pair of the leg warmers too!

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  9. Those leg warmers look so cute on those chubby little legs!! Love them!!!

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  10. These are great! Love the stripes. When you mention the 'dip', are you referring to the where the stripes change color? If so, I found this video helpful for one technique to reduce the stripe changes:

    http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm

    I saw other techniques on how to address this too. Just google 'jogless stripes.' If it's ladders there you're getting with dpns, just pull the 'corners' (where the two needles meet) a little tighter. But you probably already know that!

    Just curious - do you need to block these?

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    1. Oops! I must have been looking at Tracey's suggestion and copied and pasted that site. The jogless stripes video I found was actually this one:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PjA0IR0MOU

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  11. Awww, these little leg warmies are too sweet!

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  12. ooh, the legwarmers are lovely, i would like a pair of these too :) and the magazine looks fab, i've never heard of it. off to check your link. have a good day!

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  13. Such cute legwarmers!! Excellent job and what a great pattern :)

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  14. Oh, they look so sweet on her. :-)

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  15. Ohhh I love legwarmies on littles! I made my daughter a pair last winter that was the length of her whole leg! She's been wearing them this winter as well! :-)

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  16. I've been dying to see the finished leg warmers...how cute...
    Deb

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  17. Lovely leg warmers. Got to love the stripes. I must sit down and figure out the magic loop method. Your little one looks like she is balancing on the chair in the fourth shot. Very cute!

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  18. Love the legwarmies. They have been on my to do knit list in ravelry for soooo long. Someday.

    :)Lisa

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  19. Those are absolutely adorable. We have had the weirdest Winter up here-sheesh. At least there is knitting to help us through the weirdness. :)

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  20. Adorable! And I currently have a stripy project too. So much fun!

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  21. Oh, how sweet are those leg warmers..on those cute little legs..

    ~~Renee

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  22. So cute! I love little legs in legwarmers. In fact, I made my daughter wear some to dance class last week just because I thought she looked adorable in them!

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