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Another Rock, More Sock, and Schaefer Anne

Filed under: Knitting,Stitchery — folkcat at 3:20 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2007

So what does Folkcat do when she has to rest her hands from knitting? I suggested yesterday that I wouldn’t be able to just do nothing. And I was right.

Back when I posted my guide to How to Embroider a Rock, the example I used was a small rock I’d picked up in the parking lot at NH S&W. I got the rock covered that day, but never went on to the embellishment phase.

Yesterday, I decided it was the perfect project for my hands to take on. The fingers wouldn’t be sitting in a nearly immobile grip the way they do when I’m knitting – they’d be darting this way and that, weaving a tapestry needle through the various places I wanted my blanket stitches to land.

Embroidered Rock 2: Side 1Embroidered Rock 2: Side 2Embroidered Rock 2: Side 3

I find the process of creating these objects fascinating. It’s one of the few crafts I do where I get so absorbed in my work that I lose all sense of time – I look up between stitches, and realize that a couple hours have passed and I barely noticed.

Obviously, this is something I should keep pursuing. Anything that puts you into that deep a contemplative state while you’re working it is worth doing more.

So, what does one do with an embroidered rock? I think I have to categorize these as whimsies for the time being. They’d be suitable as a paperweight, or desk jewelry, or some such. Beyond that, I’m just going to wait and see where my style and designs go from here.

I promised the other day to show the progress on Socks for Folkcat/Pair Two (SF/P2). Here’s where I’d gotten to by the end of Tuesday night:

SF/P2S2

About halfway through the foot on the second sock, I’d say. I’ll be working on these again tonight, and with luck, could have them finished in time for a modeled shot on Monday. To prevent further aches in the hands, I’m going to dig out my Hand-Eze gloves to wear while I knit.

Meanwhile, buoyed by my satisfaction in the Cherry Tree Hill Pair 2 is knit from, I’m starting to branch out slowly to explore more premium sock yarns. Gryphon and I pried enough money from the budget today to pick up this at the LYS:

Schaefer Anne Sock Yarn

That’s a skein of Schaefer Anne. It’s also the most expensive sock yarn I’ve ever purchased. The cheek test (rubbing the skein against my cheek) suggests that despite the mohair content, this will be soft and comfortable on my sensitive feet. I have to wait a bit to knit it, though – I promised Gryphon the next pair of socks!

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Comment by sarebear

June 7, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

Okay, that just ROCKS!

You KNOW I had to go there . . .

I am really liking that waving back and forth in and out beads in between thingie!! Whimsy is a good word for it. I wasn’t sure about these thingies when I first saw them, but every time I see them, the more I like.

I’m imagining some threads in a metallic vein, wisping through here and there.

So, it’s fun to see where this is going, and it’s so awesome to discover something that does take you to that place, I love it when I get there, too.

BEAUTIMOUS SOCK YARN! oooooooo.

I can’t do mohair as hubby is allergic, which knocks out alot of fun yarns, but there’s plenty of other yarns still, so that’s okay.

Is it more Trekking yarn for your hubby? that yarn looks awesome too.

You are just rockin’ sockin’! (Yeah, I know there’s a socks that rock monthly sock club lol).

That Schaefer Anne yarn just looks AMAZING!

I hope things are well.

I need to figure out what to do to stop my left hand aching as I knit; I need to RELAX it, and that makes it better, but somehow I just automatically keep a death grip; I guess I just need to keep working on loosening that up!

I am working on my scarf again; bought another pair of 10’s, but it’s not a dupe; it’s a shorter set, so I’m pleased it’s not an exact dupe (not that that’s bad, one might need to work on two things at once in the same gauge!)

Sorry to ramble, anyway. I’m going to finish my headband by you sometime soon; doh’! I need to add that to my progress bars; I updated those last night!

Ok, now that I talked your ear off, Miss Van Gogh, I’ll leave (lol.)

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Comment by Elspeth

June 7, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

Gorgeous yarn! I really like the rock too – very inventive as usual!

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Comment by ExtremeYarn

June 11, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

Breaufitul socks . . . love the colorwave.

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