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Odds and Sods

Posted by notthatkat on October 15, 2007

Hand Painted Socks

I finally finished my hand painted socks over the weekend. The actual knitting was done on Wednesday night, but I was so busy I didn’t manage to get them bound off until Saturday.

The color bands lasted about a round and a half each, which resulted in skinny stripes. As I said earlier, I am planning to take my drill to my warping board and add some different (shorter) lengths. It’s not that I’m unhappy with these socks – I love them – but I like playing around with stitch patterns on socks and this color repeat length just doesn’t lend itself well to that.

Since these were the first socks I knit with the yarn I dyed using this technique, I decided to knit them toe up, so I could see how the colors worked up before committing to a stitch pattern. I knit the foot in stockinette stitch, but decided to add a bit of lace on the leg á la Dublin Bay (see the sidebar).

Hand Painted Socks

I put a twisted rib at the top and did a sewn bind off, which is my usual for toe up socks. Also my usual short row heel.

I was thinking about taking a break from socks for a while. Yes it’s right in the middle of Socktober, but I’ve done a lot of socks over the last several months and the cooler weather has me thinking about mitts and hats and other little projects. I tend to try to keep myself to only a few projects at any given time, otherwise I find that perfectly fine projects tend to languish unworked in the bottom of the knitting bag. I don’t have any hard and fast rules, but I try to limit myself to one big non-lace, one lace, no more than a single pair of socks, and possibly another smaller item or two. But that’s about pushing my limit. I tend to have more mentally lined up for the future, but not a lot OTN at any given time.

So imagine my surprise when I got an email from one of my favorite designers on Friday asking if I would test knit for her. Since I was already thinking mitts, and am done with deadline knitting for a while (and taking a break from the monster projects), I jumped at the chance.

Snow on Cedar Mitts

I am knitting her Snow on Cedar Mitts, which will be sold as a kit at Wooly Wonka Fibers with the yarn Anne used. I am using some more of my hand dyed fingering (sock) yarn. I figured the variegation on this yarn was subtle enough not to fight the pattern. So far, so good. I am through the wrist section and have only found a couple minor mistakes so far. I am knitting the first one using only the written instructions (I consulted the charts to help figure out the couple mistakes). I will knit the second one from the charts. This way, I will have checked out both thoroughly. Normally I am a chart knitter, to the extent that I will write out a chart for a complicated stitch pattern if one is not provided in the pattern.


My Clapotis, she grows. I have finished the straight section with 15 repeats and have done a single repeat of the decrease section.


I love how she is knitting up. The colors are so me. And soft, squishy, pettable alpaca – no complaints here. The only downside (besides the not so pretty joins I mentioned previously) is that the yarn is fairly grippy, so the dropped stitches don’t just unzip but have to be coaxed to unravel all the way down each column. If that’s the biggest knitting problem I have all year, I am a lucky knitter indeed.

Burn Day 1

This is my biggest problem lately. Last Tuesday I burned myself on the autoclave at work. While it wasn’t quite at full heat, it was probably about 250°F (120C). And I managed to whack my arm against the door, which is the only external part that isn’t insulated. I held it under cool running water immedieately, and the picture above is what it looked like about 20 minutes later. I started treating it with silver sulfadine (Silvadene) right away. The blistered skin came off with my shirt when I was undressing Friday evening, which left a lovely open raw patch. Since then I am keeping it covered with Telfa pads and liberal quantites of Silvadene cream. When I changed the dressing this morning it looked like this (warning: semi-gross wound picture) It has a good granulation bed, and has begun to re-epithelialize. I have been treating this myself, mostly because there is nothing an MD would do for me that I’m not already doing. If it begins to look unhealthy, I’ll go see someone, but I have a lot of experience in wound care, and everything looks good so far. Not pretty, but good from a wound healing perspective.


4 Responses to “Odds and Sods”

  1. Tikabelle said

    Your wound is all heart-shaped! That’s an example of some kind of literary device that isn’t irony… brain hurts… I’m glad it’s healing well!

  2. 1craftyboy said

    The mitts are turning out loverly!! I love how the colors are working up!!!!

  3. anne said

    oh kat the mitt looks great! i’ sorry about your arm . . . i hope it feels a lot better soon!

  4. Sue said

    OOOOOOOOoooooo ugly burn, my son is a fire chief and he told me to always put pure ice on my burns, well recently I had opportunity to use his advise, and I thought we will see if this works…, I steamed my arm from elbow to wrist so I grabbed a hand full of ice cubes and just rubbed it like he said, until the sting went away. I did not even have one red mark or blister, was tender for several days, but I am here to tell you this really works. Hope it heals soon and no problems for you. Loved your mitts and the sock pattern too….get that arm well.

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