Monday, February 18, 2008

Have You Seen My Mojo?

I'm not sure why it is, but lately I haven't been feeling like blogging. It's not like I haven't been knitting, it's just that I haven't felt like I've had much to say. Part of it might have to do with the fact that we've been spending a lot of time cleaning up the house to get it ready to show once it goes on the market. This weekend I filled two small duffel bags with stash yarn that is going to live at my parents' for the time being. It's not easy to say good-bye to my beloved stash, even if I can visit it any time. Rest assured I'm not moving all my stash out; there's still an ample selection, including yarn for the remaining baby sweaters I've got to knit. With less around to tempt me, I'm more likely to knit with what I've got, right?

Here's the extent of my knitting progress the last few days. I am so done with yellow for a while!

Pattern: Garter Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull (100% superwash wool), color 2106, two skeins
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony dpns, US 1 (2.25 mm)
Started/Completed: February 11/February 17

Pattern: modified Baby Ribs (used Garter Rib stitch pattern)
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull (100% superwash wool), color 2106, leftovers from adult socks
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony dpns, US 1 (2.25 mm)
Started/Completed: February 17/February 18

As I've mentioned before, these matching socks are for a mother and daughter. I made the adult socks anklets in part because I think that's more the recipient's taste and in part because this yarn is so thin that they were taking long enough as it was!

It was only this evening, when I set the socks down to take the pictures, that I discovered that I apparently used skeins from different dyelots. I don't think the difference is too horrible, but if you look in the shots above you'll notice that one sock is more vibrant than the other in each pair. I think I do have another skein of this yarn that is bound to match one of the two dyelots, so I could knit two new socks if need be, but what do you all think? These socks are for a non-knitter (who may or may not know what a dyelot is) and a baby who will shortly outgrow them. Do you think it's worth it, or do I go with what I've got?

(My apologies for the horrid pictures in this post. The Mister is passed out nearby with a horrible headache, so I didn't want to turn on a ton of lights. It's only a few more weeks until the natural light comes back, and I promise I'll do my best to make this blog more interesting to look at then.)


  1. Hmm... that's a real problem isn't it?! I'm the type of person it would bug to no end. I know I'd have to take my mind off the knitting of another sock or two and onto 'what will I feel like giving this to her'. And then I'd wind more yarn. So I'd knit matching ones. I'd do the adult for sure and the baby one... it's so small why not yk? Then you'd have another two pair of socks to wear or give away too. Not that you set out to do double the work... but... It's up to you though. Does it bug you?

    Hope the mister feels better soon!

  2. Well...if I were going to keep them, I'd knit a match because it would eat my brain that they don't match. But if you really don't think that the recipient would notice (and the baby surely won't), then give them as is.

    SOMETHING ate my brain, my head is absolutely killing me right now...

  3. Didn't you start this post by saying that you are DONE with yellow? Leave 'em. A wash or two and you probably won't be able to tell. Then again, I'm the anti-Jen, so YMMV. Have fun w/o me on Wednesday! :)

  4. i vote to give them as is. Maybe the brighter one will fade in the wash. See you tomorrow!

  5. I say leave 'em. This way, they'll know which one goes on the left foot and which one goes on the right!

  6. I'm with Jess. It would bug me to no end. A non-knitter won't understand about dye lots - they'll just think they got socks that match. Some folks won't be bothered by this but others would never wear them because they don't match. As much as I'd hate to, I'd have to knit matching ones.

  7. Anonymous2:39 AM

    I'd wash them first and then if that didn't even things out, I'd probably give up and include a note with the socks that you intended them to be like that. ;-)

  8. Proseknitic2:55 AM

    I wouldn't do anything with the baby socks.

    you could take out the toes (if knit top down - cuff if knit toe up) and swap the yarn to the other sock and reknit.

    Then it is obvious that they are supposed to be mismatched, but are obviously a pair.

    Avoids more than a couple of hours of knitting.