Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Swatching Cables and finished Socks

I finished the cable swatch for the FLAK aran last weekend - but had no energy to take pictures because I fell and tore ligaments in my ankle. I'm hobbling around now, but time will tell if there is any damage that needs a more permanent solution than just rest and an air cast.
Anyway, here's the swatch, done in Rowanspun DK on # 5 needles:

It's upside down, which I didn't notice until I was uploading the photo, but in the natural light you can see the cables well. You can also see at the top of the picture that I messed up the first cross on 2 of the large honeycomb cables, and that the first couple of repeats of the small honeycombs weren't very well defined. I had been cabling without a needle at that time, and quickly decided that the stitch definition is much better using a cable needle, at least with this yarn. I'm quite happy with the swatch, on the whole.
This yarn will not be making a heavy, firm Aran, but I am happy with the fabric it is making on these needles. I have a few heavy Aran and other wool sweaters, and am looking forward to a lighter Aran that will be more versatile and will pack more easily.
I also finished my NYCO (New Year's Cast On) socks, made of three different left-over balls of sock yarn used in the past. The picture makes them look closer to the same blue shades - really 2 are very similar, but one is a much more lavendar blue, luckily I used it in the instep so it won't show at all.
I'm happy to have another pair of warm wool socks, and there is no temptation to give these away, as they are made of orphan yarns.
I started another pair of socks, this time in Opal from Amie via the KR Retreat swap table, in a Jacquard colorway that has a lot of purple and cream, and I am looking forward to starting the FLAK aran when Janet publishes the next installment. I'm also working on my linen Lady Eleanor, which is now too long and bulky to be carry-along knitting.
Back to the sofa to prop up the ankle!


Blogger Wannietta said...

The Rowanspun is giving it a very rustic look - I like it!

5:25 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Priscilla said...

Love the texture and color of your yarn.

5:27 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The knitting is lovely. Hope you're on the mend soon.


11:37 PM, January 10, 2006  
Blogger Bess said...

Get well quick sugar - and yum with the cable swatch. When will there ever be enough time to knit it all.

7:53 AM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger Larry said...

Sorry to hear about the ankle. But it sure doesn't hurt your knitting. Gorgeous swatch! I agree that stitch definition is better using a cable needle, for me it's especially true with right leaning cables.

10:18 AM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Hey Shelia ... I caught your link at the FLAK list ... I've swatched with a heavier aran that just seems too heavy, and need to order yarn ... I'm seriously thinking of going with a DK weight yarn, so I'm so glad to hear that this has gone well for you!! Your swatch looks nice. http://jeniferknits.blogdrive.com

10:46 AM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger claudia at countrywool said...

Oh, your poor ankle! But, your knitting will benefit from all the couch potato time. Heal, sweetie.

1:11 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger Martha said...

My dear,
Another bee-ute-tee-full swatch & the color is way cool.
And one more pair of socks done w/lovely yarns - your piggies are lucky piggies.
Sending healing, white light tho'ts to your ankle.

1:13 PM, January 11, 2006  
Blogger ObsessiveCompulsive Crafter said...

I love the color you are using and I like your cables, good definition.

1:04 AM, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Jane said...

I love that color, too. It looks like you're going to have a wonderful time knitting this winter. I hope your ankle is better soon!

6:51 PM, January 13, 2006  

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