Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It's FDW Week, Apparently

Without intending it, I've apparently been working with nothing but Fibernymph Dye Works yarn over the past week or so. First, I finished a pair of socks for me:

Pattern: Non-Euclidian
Yarn: FDW Bounce (80% superwash Merino/20% nylon) in Winter Critters
Needles: US 0 (2.0 mm) Addi Sock Rockets, magic loop
Started/Finished: July 1/July 21
Mods: adapted the pattern to 68 stitches

As you can see, I didn't even bother to try to match up the stripes on these. The repeat was so long that it wasn't worth it to me for all the joins and extra ends I'd have to deal with to try to get them to match. The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to use a stitch count between two sizes because I realized I wanted a bit more negative ease than I was getting from my original pair.

As soon as these were off the needles, I almost immediately cast on another pair -- this time for Rainbow, who's been patiently waiting for her next pair.

Is it just me, or does this picture remind you of Hei Hei from Moana?

The yarn is Bounce again, this time the final shipment of the Happy Hour Yarn Club in a colorway called Martini Bar. I divided the yarn in half when I wound it up and am knitting these socks toe up so that I can knit until I run out; the hope is that I'll have enough to make the socks knee-highs. I'm not feeling too rushed on these, as Rainbow isn't likely to wear them anytime soon, but ideally I'll have them finished in the next month so that I can count them for Stash Dash*.

Meanwhile, I have a new lunchtime knitting project in -- you guessed it! -- FDW yarn. Lisa had asked me earlier this summer if I could come up with a pattern for her Inversibles yarn that wasn't socks to give people some other ideas of what to do with it. I'd been meaning to make a pair of fingerless mitts using the stitch pattern from my Corbusier Socks, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I'm maybe halfway through the first mitt and I really like how the striping pattern is playing with the stitch pattern.

I'm knitting these on size 1/2.25 mm needles, and it's so strange to me how big they feel! I am so used to knitting on size 0's that the needles themselves feel huge and the gauge I'm getting feels incredibly loose, even though I know it's not. It's hard to be believe that I used to knit socks on needles even larger than these! I guess I'm getting more relaxed as I get older -- not entirely a bad thing!

*I'm already a smidge over 12,000 meters in my Stash Dash total, so I guess I'm going for 15K! The spinning is definitely helping, so if I can spin up a few more skeins before the end of the summer, I should be golden.


  1. Wow... you are killing the Stash Dash! I am super impressed!

    1. It's really the change in spinning rules that's the cause. I think without it I'd only have about half the total!