Now that I’m no longer podcasting, I’m hoping to make more regular blog posts, and include some more knitting content for my former viewers.
Years ago I made the Lizard Ridge Blanket, a free pattern on Knitty by Laura Aylor. I used various colorways of Noro Kureyon yarn, and each ball made one square with some yardage left over. I’d kept the leftovers, spit-splicing them together into one large ball of yarn.
This fall, when Susan B. Anderson came out with her Waiting for Winter mittens, I knew my leftover Noro would be perfect. So I knit a mitten.
Then I knit a second mitten, and the way the colors fell, I really just didn’t care for it.
I weighed the two mittens and my remaining yarn, and decided it would be close but that I might have enough yarn to make a third mitten. So I knit a third one.
I ran short on the thumb, but liked the way the third one looked with the first one better, so I frogged the second one and used some of that yarn to knit the thumb, ending up with a cozy pair of mismatched mittens.
It was kind of a joke at KTS, my local knitting group, that I had a third hand.
Fast forward to my first time knitting with a Gale’s Art sock blank. I’d seen these blanks before and just couldn’t get into them, but when I saw Gale’s colors and the stencils she was using, and then finished projects from Ravelry friends who were knitting them, I decided to give it a try.
Long story short – I love them. Some people don’t like the blanks because you’re knitting yarn that’s already been knit, so as it unravels from the blank it’s kinky and kind of crunchy. Your stitches can look uneven, too. But for me, it was almost like knitting with handspun, and I liked the organic feel of the yarn as it worked up. And then, once it was blocked – the stitches even out and the socks are just awesome.
Anyway, I knit my first sock and flew through the second one. But having not used a sock blank before, I didn’t know how much yarn I was going to use. My second sock ended up not having any of the grey in it.
I don’t mind that the socks don’t match exactly; that’s part of the fun. But the colors were really bugging me, so I did what I do. I knit a third sock.
So yes, apparently good things do come in threes.