Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#55 of 365 - Bellatrix Yarn and Bellatrix Stockings to Come

Again With the Socks!



However, there is a really good reason to talk about these. They are actually going to be knee-high stockings, instead of socks. The yarn was custom dyed for me by my dear daughter, Erin. She has a wee indie dying project called Asylum for Wayward Yarn.

Her colourways are primarily based on characters from books, movies and television shows. There are Outlander, Harry Potter and Moonlight ones so far. It's base is Knitpicks Bare in a Superwash Merino Wool and Nylon (75/25) dyed with Jacquard and Cushing's dyes. The colourway is called Bellatrix, Mark 1. It is a black, grey and purple yarn. It is very mysterious and smoky and was dyed at my personal request for this particular pattern. Bellatrix is one of the three sock/stocking patterns named after characters from the Harry Potter books that you can find over on Ravelry.



Anyway, this is my fourth or fifth attempt to get these silly stockings started as I am that determined to knit them. I kept frogging them as I was missing an important step (DROP ALL THEM Dad Gum YARN OVERS, YOs) whilst trying to knit them and they kept growing and growing and growing as I was knitting into the YOs like I would do with lace knitting but without a matching K2tog, which is so necessary to keep the shape you are striving for, sigh... I gave up trying to figure it out on my own. I mean, isn't that the definition of insanity, doing something over and over and expecting different results? I finally asked for help with the dang stitch today, as I was at Knitter's Kove for the Wednesday morning knit-in.


I also met up at the store with my friend Sharon today. I am attempting to help get her started on her own sock project using two circular needles instead of 4-5 DPNs. She was definitely getting the hang of it by the time knit was winding up.



and here is our Sharon, about 2 rows into the process...

5 comments:

Lutra said...

Man oh man...
those are some killer socks...
As my little sister would say...
I'm Heck-a-jealous!

gypsylulu said...

Wow!... i marvel at your tenacity, Leslie!...Socks are beyond me..let alone tall socks! lol!... how wonderful!
xoxo, gypsy

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I am still working on my %*&! stupid stranded socks that will never be done!
ACK!!!

LOL!!! ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Margi said...

Love this pattern, can't wait to see yours! I'm still working on my two pair of Girl's Night Out socks from knitters brewing company and another KAL starts on Tuesday! Butterfly socks with beads, leaving beads off this time.

Feltmaker said...

That is a very lovely colour yarn FPK