Tuesday, January 30, 2007

But they don't smell like Old Bay

I'm knitting sock with a new yarn (new for me al least) from SWTC called Tofutsies (toe-foot-sies). Isn't the colorway fantastic?
I'm using Wendy's Generic Toe-Up pattern and my new KnitPicks 5" US#0/2mm needles. I have the longer (7" ??) Inox needles in the same size but I found that they were getting caught on my long sleeves. These needles from KnitPicks are extremely sharp, I mean draw blood sharp. I also ordered two pair of size US#0/2mm 24" circulars from them and they are just as sharp.

It's 50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk fibers, 22.5% cotton, andd 2.5% chitin. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Chesapeake Bay area, Old Bay Seasoning is used on shrimp, crabs, and all kinds of foods around here. When I picked this yarn up at my LYS and Susan told me what was in it, I really expected it to smell like Old Bay. The yarn is very thin. After working with Cherry Tree Hill and Claudia Hand Paints I can really notice a big difference. I'm getting 10 stitches and 14 rows to the inch and the sock is knitting up narrow. I may frog it and increase from 64 stitches to 68 or 72. It fits but it's snug and I don't know how this yarn will be after it's washed. I'll bet it shrinks.

You can also see my new GoKnit Pouch from KnowKnits.com. I love this bag! It beats the ZipLock bags I've been using all to hell. I really splurged on KnitPicks site last week. I also bought Victorian Lace Today and the fancy folding chart holder.


Alyssa said...

Great review of Tofutsies. I've been eyeing it online and I think I'll have to give it a shot now. :)

Margaret said...

Hi Kim,
Well I found your blog. But since I don't have an email address for you, here's a link to some shawl patterns, including my purple shawl you saw at Y2Knit last Friday that was originally a Mystery Shawl. Now it's Flowing River.
Go to Goddess Knits Patterns, then Shawls.
That crabby yarn is much softer in person than it looks, and I agree it will probably bloom.