Remnants

When this is done, I’m going to have about two thirds of the orange skein left. Which means that when this is done, I get to use that orange as my brain wants to use it, which is as a truly glorious accent on something that is gray. Because it truly is a glorious color…in smaller amounts.⁠

Oooooooh, actually remember the Interlock pattern from last year? The one where the cables have Secret Bonus Color? Like you finally gave in to your baser instincts and took a marker to your knitting? Yeah…this could be perfect for something like that.

Here, it’s this one (it’s free to mailing list subscribers), so maybe one of you can share in my daydreams…

Wear shades

Did you think I forgot The Orange Hat Of Not Getting Shot? Because I totally didn’t. It’s just…slightly slow going. Because sweet woolly lord but it’s bright. And somehow I can only work on it for a little while before I find my eyes wanting to rest on something more mellow…like the burning surface of the sun.⁠

Just for the record, this is 100% NOT a complaint about the yarn. I selected it with the hope that it would, indeed, be eye-searingly bright. And it has done that job admirably! Should you be in search of similar levels of retinal abuse, I highly recommend it (I really like the base and will happily work with it again). It’s just making the hat a tiny bit slow.⁠

And once again for anyone wondering, the orange is Madeline Tosh’s Mo Light base in Push Pop (they’ve got a yellow one called Edison Bulb that’s just as bright), white is Malabrigo’s Rios base in Natural. And this is one of the very very very few things that will not be a pattern because taking pictures of it makes me want to weep, and I’m not gonna do it.

Foghorn

So, I heard a whole bunch of your little villages are, in fact, seaside villages. And what does every seaside village need? Why a lighthouse of course.  Foghorn has that covered.

Because I mean really, without a lighthouse, how do you have a broody lighthouse keeper with a mysterious but poignant backstory move to your town?  And if they never move to town, how will they run into the owner of the local coffee shop/used book store and begin a heartwarming romance?

Or, if we’re in a different sort of movie, how will they ever put to rest the terrifying ghosts of the poor souls lost at sea?  I mean really, we can go either way (my vote is for as creepy as possible while still maintaining the alarmingly cute vibe, but I’m not to be trusted).

Either way, I’m pretty sure your village will benefit from a lighthouse.  Or I suppose you could knit just the lighthouse all by itself.  I’ve heard there’s a sizeable contingent of lighthouse fans out there. But I think you’ll find it hard to stop there!

Or maybe it’s just me that has a hard time knowing when to stop…that is certainly something I run up against from time to time…

In any case, the pattern is Foghorn, you can find it on both ravelry and payhip, and you can take 10% with the code FOGGY from now through the end of the day, eastern time, Friday January 22.

And if you like the other pieces, the houses are Chimney, and the church is Belfry, and they’re both out as well.  You know, just in case you want to create a whole little world (and could someone please come take my blocks away before I do a castle…I really don’t need to knit a castle…)!

Dense…

Ooooh, we should talk about a thing. Here, take a look at this.⁠

These hearts use the exact same yarn (they’re from the same skein of sevensistersarts’ Matrika base), but two different sizes of needles. The top one is knit on size 1 needles, the bottom one is knit on size 00 needles. See how different the fabrics are?⁠

That bottom is a solid 11 stitches per inch, the top one is more like 9 (it’s hard to tell exactly because it’s not blocked yet, and being on the needles distorts it a bit and makes it hard to measure). See how different the fabric looks? How much more tightly the yarn is held in place on the bottom one?⁠

Now, this isn’t intended to be sock yarn (it’s a bit thinner and a bit more softly structured than classic sock yarn), and we’re not making socks, but this actually shows you something you should keep in mind when you do knit socks.⁠

For socks, you want your fabric to look more like the bottom heart, where the stitches are smushed up very very close to their neighbors and the yarn has almost no room to move about.⁠

You probably won’t be knitting your socks at 11spi (and again, this isn’t intended to be sock yarn, so absolutely nothing I’m saying is in any way a criticism of the yarn, it just offered us an interesting example to discuss fabric structure), but you do want your stitches to be firmly nestled together with very little space between them. For a classic sock yarn, that might very well be something like 9 or even 10 stitches per inch. I get a bit daunted knitting that tightly, so I tend to look for heavy fingering weight or even sport or dk weight yarns to do socks with, and there you can get away with something closer to 8 stitches per inch. And sometimes I make delightfully cozy socks with thick yarn at more like 7 stitches per inch.⁠

The actual, specific gauge (10 spi, 9 spi, 8 spi etc) doesn’t matter as much as the structure of the fabric (well, it matters for picking what size you make, but that’s a separate issue). The density of the fabric is what’s important. You want that tight, firm fabric that will stand up to being walked on. That’s how you make your socks last for ages.