Saturday, August 11, 2012

Not Superwash? The Horror!

I've had a knitting tragedy. I was about to start a pair of Velomeister socks out of the yarn in the picture below when I read the label and discovered that the purple isn't superwash. The horror! (I fully realize that if this is the worst thing that is happening in my life, I've got it pretty good.) I think I'll be knitting the socks anyways. I'll just have a hand wash pile of laundry somewhere. But it is a little annoying not to be able to throw socks in the regular laundry pile.
 The purple is Koigu in the Prince colorway and the yellow is Tosh Sock in the Edison Bulb colorway.

I'm still swatching for design #9. At first I had chosen a yarn that was a little too dark and didn't have a tight enough ply to show off the design. So I've swapped yarn, but I'm still having trouble getting the pattern to pop. The voice in the back of my mind says that it is a scale issue, so I'm back with the graph paper trying some new things. But, of course, I can only show you the underside of the swatch for now.

So I'm back to knitting my mitten. I only seem to pull this out when all my other knitting has made me more angry than working on the mitten. There is nothing really wrong with it. Although I've had my share of ripping, re-knitting, and various adjusting, the actual knitting is pretty easy now. But for some reason I just haven't had it in me to finish it yet. Hopefully I'll have them done by the time it's cold again. After all, I only have this one left to finish. Good thing the yarn is a delight to use. It's Kauri fingering in the Green Peka 04 colorway.


Pumpkin said...

I can never bring myself to machine wash hand knit socks, superwash or no, so you are a brave soul in my mind. Sorry to hear about design #9, hopefully this time will be the charm! If not perhaps you will driven to finish your mitten.

Jennifer said...

The yarn will make for very pretty socks even if it isn't superwash. And your mitten looks wonderful - - reminds me that I need to knit a pair!

Still very excited for you about your book! I can't wait to see it.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Pumpkin on the socks. I did regular machine wash them for a while, but they always came out less nice than if I popped them in the machine on the wool wash. I reckon you can still machine wash the Koigu as long as it's on the 'wool' or 'gentle' cycle. Good luck with Design #9!

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