Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thanks Rowan for Showing Us More Great Socks!

Rowan O'Dougherty is a pretty amazing knitter. One of the best I know. Prolific, great tension, adventurous, never-say-can't (check out his lace projects on Ravelry...) type of knitter. He has graciously sent pictures of the socks he has designed using one of the Sock Religious sock flats. The one he chose is a subtle range of browns and caramels.

He designed his sock toe-up, with a double-decrease at the top of the foot to eat the extra stitches from the gusset. It is elegant and shapely.

I love the gentle transitions in colors with a few rows of each color alternating between the various solids.

Check out Rowan's blog for more information about him and his beautiful projects.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Are You Devoted to Sock Knitting?

Knitting and crocheting from a machine-knit and hand-dyed piece of knitting seems to be all the rage right now, and Yarn Hollow has a product that fits the niche! Introducing "Sock Religious," a product for those of you who are devoted to sock knitting.

The yarn, a Merino Superwash/Bamboo/Nylon blend, is perfect for socks. It has the softness, loft, and wash-ability of merino superwash, the anti-microbial properties, wicking, and strength of bamboo, with nylon for wearability and memory. Each piece has 4 oucnes/434+ yards of yarn, enough to make a highly-patterned, long sock, or a scarf, gloves, a hat knit or crochet in a fine gauge, or other fiber arts product that will delight you.

Each Sock Religious flat-knit piece is machine knit with two strands of yarn, creating two identical strands which will then create two identical socks, if that is your wish.

The funnest part of Sock Religious is the seeing how the color placement works out as a result of the dyeing. Stripes make stripes, of course, but the more random and symbolic-inspired patterns create enormous variety in color placement. Diane Vander Pol, a member of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners, knit these socks with a Sock Religious piece where the motif vageuly resembles a "tumbling dice" pattern. Look at the before and after! It's magical!

Sock Sole knit from flat knitted Sock Religious piece (shown above)

You can find Yarn Hollow flat-knitted, hand-dyed pieces at City Knitting in Eastown and Country Needleworks on Chicago Drive in Jenison. More information about the products will be uploaded at the Yarn Hollow website, too.

As always, if you have purchased a flat knitted, hand-dyed piece and have comments or feedback, I would love to hear from you!

Two more pictures of the work of Diane Vander Pol, knitter extraordinaire. Thanks for sharing, Diane!