Socks and stripes

Self-striping yarn. Have you used it for projects? Do you like it? I’ve started to love it! The first time I read about it was in a The knitting circle, a novel by Ann Hood. In this novel, a woman named Mary learns to knit to find comfort after her daughter died. In her knitting circle, Mary learns to knit using self-striping yarn.It’s a good read, you should give it a try if you have the chance.

I read this book a couple of years ago. I already knew how to knit at that time, but I hadn’t been as involved as I am now. I’d been on a bit of a knitting break as well, so the concept of self-striping yarn was completely new to me. I was intrigued!

So, I picked up my needles again, and I have used self-striping yarn for several pairs of socks and a pair of mittens since. I like it a lot. It gives a buzz to your socks without having to think about a pattern. Perfect for knitting very quickly in front of the tv. Or on the train after a long day’s work. It also gives me a buzz: I just want to knit on and on to see how the yarn will knit up.

Self-striping yarns I’ve used up till now are:

Still, this seems to be just the top of the iceberg. I’ve seen so many nice brands on Ravelry, and I’d like to try them all. Do you have any experience with this type of yarn? What’s your favourite brand? And what did you make with it?

One for you, one for me

Two more pairs of socks finished! One for my husband, and one for me. Don’t we look happy together?

Happy together

Materials used

  • needles: Bergère de France bamboo dpns size 2.5 (5)
  • tapestry needle
  • yarn:
    • For my husband’s socks: DROPS Fabel (602)
    • For my socks: ONline Supersocke 100 Sportive Color (1169)
Usually I use 50 grams of yarn for one sock. With the DROPS yarn, that is easy: one skein per sock. But for the ONline yarn, skeins are 100 grams, so you only need one for two socks. Now, how best to prevent that you run out of yarn while knitting the second sock? 
A friend at the knitting circle gave me a great tip: she weighs the yarn. So when you have a 100-grams skein, use your scale to divide it up into two balls of 50 grams. Et voilà, you don’t need to worry about yarn shortage!