With Christmas fast approaching the focus of my knitting is filling holes in inventory for my web site and for the last few farmers’ markets. Mostly this is from stash. Here are some samples, all of which I’ve knit before. These are all size Medium except the bottom pair which is XL … heralding my next several days knitting ‘man socks’ colours.
Lana Grossa Meilenweit #7760
Lana Grossa Meilenweit #7710
Online 100 Supersocke #767
Online 100 Supersocke #931
Online 100 Supersocke #929
Fortissima 100 #2059 anthrazit meliert with # 2028 – maus accents
From my stash… I’ve been hoarding half a bag of Lana Grossa Meilenweit Mega Boot Stretch # 717 for quite a few years. I didn’t want to knit it because I didn’t want to part with it.
(I’ve never watched that reality tv show – the Hoarders. I wonder if they’ve done one on knitter stashes???)
This is one of my all time favourties - royal purples, royal blues, turquoises. I mean, what else is there!
The plies in the yarn are independently coloured. That makes is difficult to look for, or find, a beginning of a pattern. But I think there may be no repeat – just an ongoing variation.
The pair shown is size Medium, knit with the 72 cylinder.The yarn is 70% superwash, 23% nylon, and 7% elité (elastic). 400m/100g; gentle wash and no dryer recommended.
I find it a wee bit finicky to handle – it is not tightly twisted – relying on the nylon rather than the twist for strength. It’s easy to split to plies when hanging a stitch. Or easy enough to snag if you’re cranking at Warp Speed 3.
I have (or at some point had) the entire series of colours. The others are all much plainer to my eye. This one – so much livlier!
Here’s a few more colourways from my Lana Grossa ‘little ‘o this, little ‘o that’ stash.
Meilenweit Meeting #7760 - Medium
Meilenweit Inca # 1528 - Medium
I love both of these colourways. Each from a different LG Meilenweit series; both 80%wool 20% nylon; ~ 420m/100g
These are reasonably fine gauge yarns, as the yardage would indicate, but both needed almost 1/4 turn looser tension, I presume because the dyes are so intense.
And this is weird, but both of these yarns ‘smoked’ while I was knitting. I swear. Smoke. I’ve spoken metaphorically about my csm’s smokin’, but in this case there was actual smoke consistently emanating from the cylindders while I cranked a few balls of each of these. And when I finished and started knitting something else, the smoke stopped.
I don’t think it was dust – I would have had an asthma attack.
I’ve got a few more of these, so I’ll have to see if those ones smoke too!
If I had to pick a favourite of these two yarns, I’d pick the Inca. Except I think I’d rename it Austria instead of Inca. The bright colours remind me of Austrian folk art with the fine patterned mixing of bold, bright colours.
Here are three Lana Grossa sock yarns from general stash I’ve knit up for my farmers market table:
Mega Boot Stretch #508 - Large
Mielenweit Colortweed #1001 - Medium
Mielenweit Scala #6534 - Medium
The Mega Boot Stretch is 70% wool, 23% Nylon and 7% elastic. The other two are 80% wool 20% nylon (that’s the same % split as Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – don’t see that elsewhere too often).
I didn’t know what else to call these! But I knit them with sock yarn from 3 different Euro labels, so Euro Knee Socks it is!
Staying with size Medium + (until the bin is full)….knit with the 72 needle cylinder on the Verdun 47.
The Black and Dark Grey are Schoeller & Stahl’s Fortissima Socka colours #1002 schwartz (black) and #1059 anthrazit (coal).
The black, white, grey, pink patterned yarn is Lana Grossa Mielenweit # 7710.
And the hot pink feet are Opal Uni #1412.
Well, these socks aren’t up from the ashes, but my effort is.
I crashed and burned twice on this pair, and both catastrophes are, indeed, in the ashes. Frogging argyle is, um, not going to happen.
Still, three’s the charm and I’m very pleased with this pair of Medium + socks that more closely resemble the vision I had than the heap of yarn in the garbage pail.
Black is truly a b*gger to knit. It doesn’t help that I broke my glasses three weeks ago and have been relying on Dollar Store magnifying glasses to see. (insert pity here ;o) )
Normally, dropping a stitch is no big deal because I see it and fix it on the fly. But those beastly little black stitches are so hard to see that its easy to miss one, and if you don’t see it and get the weights off – that sucker is gonna’ run from here to tomorrow!
All the more satisfying when the job is done right.
The socks are knit with the 72 cylinder on the Verdun 47. The yarn: my own fingering weight 75/25 wool/nylon in Jet Black and Mouse Grey, and Lana Grossa Mielenweit, Meeting series, #7710.
Lana Grossa Meilenweit Mega Boots, Stretch Soft Color # 504.
This is a ragg yarn – two strands of yarn that are independently space dyed, then plied together. In this case, the same colours are used in both strands, but at different times, so you get a very interesting sequence of blends coming and going. I’ve never seen both strands change colour at the same time so there is an interesting cohesion effect that comes from one colour carrying on while another changes.
The yarn is 70% wool 23% nylon and 7% elite (as in elastic), and runs ~ 430 y/100g.
I easily knit the pair of XL socks with one ball.
Knit with the 72 needle cylinder on my Verdun 47.
Because of the elastic content, I loosened my tension 1/4 turn.