Let’s start with a sandwich

April 8, 2008 @ 11:41 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: finished projects


Firestarter and matching toddler socks

Stockinrib socks

My Wee Tiny from Elinor

I finally took a picture of my most favorite sandwich in the world. It is the Kornspitzkäse sandwich from Rischart. It is plain, but every bit delicious! I never in my whole life thought I would like a cucumber and cheese sandwich so much. The bread is what makes it, but I have to say that the combination is just amazing. And it’s only 2,60eur!!! I always get a sandwich whenever I pass a Rischart, and I get very angry and mad at myself if they run out.

I have a couple of finished objects. First, I finished the Firestarters for my thesis-completed neighbor. I had a lot of leftovers and so I made her son a pair too (not Firestarters, but normal socks). He was really excited that he had matching socks with his mom. Those were made with Hello Yarn Tough Sock in the Lonesome Water colorway. Man, the yardage on that is like Wollmeise – I made a pair of socks, pair of toddler socks, a wee tiny sock (see next paragraph) and I have enough to make some booties, or maybe even two pairs of booties.!

The second FO is my first “stockinette always on the needles” project – the Stockinrib socks. I had this on hold for awhile because I was going to show Cashyie how to do a toe up heel flap, but she is resisting, so I decided to show her on another sock whenever she is ready. The yarn doesn’t feel like it will last, but we’ll see. It was certainly soft and smooshy though! The yarn was Violet Green Socrates Merino in To the Lighthouse colorway.

I also participated in the Wee Tiny Sock swap and got mine from Elinor, who is in HIGH SCHOOL! I don’t think I’ve ever met a high school knitter, so I was really impressed. Not only that, she spins too! I normally just assume that everyone is my age (er…hmm…that’s OLD), so to get something from the younger generation is a nice surprise. She made hers in Dream in Color smooshy and it is well..smooshy! I have a couple of skeins of DIC, and this sock has pushed it higher in my queue. I sent my Wee Tiny to Jessica! It was a really cool low-commitment swap – I like those! And now I have two new fiber friends (who spin!).

I got obsessed about spinning again, but it is clear that a wheel is not in the cards for me right now. So I’ve decided to pick up the spindle again, but I have to buy another one since Cashyie broke the one that I had. I went looking around and wanted a Goldring one, but damn – $90 for a spindle??? Geez. So I decided on a Cascade Shuksan – mostly because of the name (it’s from Washington!), but also because it came recommended by a couple of folks. So hopefully it will go better this time. I will make a better effort, I promise. But now I have to order it and wait. and wait. and buy some practice fiber. If anyone else has recommendations for a spindle, please let me know.

Comments (4)


Comment by Elinor

Made on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 12:36 am

Oh, I made a tiny cute sock! I love your Firestarters: they are lovely. The DIC I knit your wee sock in also got knit into my own Firestarters, so now we can compare and be all cool. Somehow that pattern works for almost every yarn I’ve seen it in. Astonishing.

Comment by Jennie

Made on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 8:57 am

Yum! That sandwich looks delicious. And how sweet of you to make matching socks for the lil’ boy. :)

And wow!! It’s so interesting to meet extremely young knitters.

Comment by tini

Made on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

o.k. now I’m getting hungry ;)
The socks are great and thumbs up for knitting from your stash (and your core stash = baudelaire)
I need to knit a pair of firestarters for me too… Maye they will be my flight-socks ;)

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

Well, you could’ve just got some Butterfly Girl Designs spindles…they’re pretty and not too expensive (ranging from about $15-35). If you really want great ones, go for Golding or Bosworth…but they’ll be more expensive and you’ll probably end up on a waiting list.

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