What, More Socks?! …And Some Food.
Being here in St. George and not having a job yet has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because there is actually time for things I never have time for – like reading, knitting, exploring, etc – and a curse because well, there’s no money coming into my savings. Only going out.
In the last two days, I have finished a half-finished sock, and started and finished its mate. I am really happy with the way the variegation in this yarn turned out. This was my first time knitting with DK-weight yarn. DK-weight is also known as ‘light worsted weight’. Lately, I’ve noticed that they’ve changed the weight measurement on yarn from the familiar ‘sock/fingering, baby, sport, worsted, and chunky’ to the new (potentially easier but foreign) ‘super fine, fine, light, medium, bulky, and super bulky’. Click here for descriptions. I really wish they’d establish a standard measurement system that they intend to stick with.
So the DK yarn is slightly thinner than the standard worsted-weight yarn, and knit up beautifully. One ball was exactly perfect for one pair of socks for me. I think if I were knitting bigger man-sized socks, I’d need more than one ball. Here’s the ball I used. The brand is ‘Yarn Bee’, and it’s 56% wool, 22% polyester, and 22% PTT. I had to look up what PTT is, and it’s ‘polytrimethylene terephthalate’. Some sort of spun thermoplastic. It sounds a little scary, but the yarn feels very soft and nice.
The color is ‘Creamsickle’, spelled incorrectly, like ‘sickle-cell anemia’.
Here are the finished socks, with a close-up of the fabric, and a picture of exactly what came from that ball of yarn. There was very little left over.
The socks are knit using 4 double-pointed size 4 needles. I think, upon reflection, next time I knit with this yarn, I will use size 3 needles. I think a slightly tighter fabric would be even nicer. Here are the needles, and a picture of all the things used to make these socks. I left the yarn needles and the scissors out of the photo, because I figure they are obvious. Also, there’s a picture of the sock in action, on an actual foot.
I am glad to be finished with these, as they have been on my needles since about November, 2010. See HERE.
Rich and I also tried a new Mexican food place here in St. George. It’s called Irmita’s. It’s a little place, with a palapa-style roof, and a big patio with misters around the edges. Notice in the first photo that there’s a stack of sombreros. They are for people to wear while they are dining there. I love that.
I got three tacos – carnitas, chile verde, and machaca. Rich got the carne asada burrito combination. The carnitas and chile verde were GREAT. The machaca (which is supposed to be dried shredded beef – and wasn’t) was suspiciously like the carne asada – tasteless and not grilled. Also, Rich’s burrito came just as you see it in the (bad) picture…not rolled, and too full to actually roll it. It wasn’t that great. Bummer. I would definitely go back for the carnitas and chile verde, though.
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