Friday, July 07, 2006

Red, White and Going Fast

Friend Kim of Socks for Soldiers had the idea that I should put together some “Patriot” Comfort Zone needles—two red, two white, and two blue. This appealed to me, especially since, crazy me, I knit with different colored needles all the time (red, blue, green, yellow, and orange-one each). If you have visited the website lately, you have seen the Patriot needles advertised for sale. And, they have been flying out the door! We have been fortunate that CZs are becoming so popular, but nothing we have done has compared with the popularity of the Patriot needles. I received an email from Donna T., a longtime, repeat customer. She said, “I've been knitting with the Comfort Zone needles and I absolutely adore them. They are as flexible as the casein without the nasty taste when I hold one in my mouth! I also love the sharp points. I've never been a fanof blunt needle points and that was the one thing about casein needles that I really did not like. Also, the fact that they come in sets of 6 is a bonus!” I’m just wowed by the love for these needles! Okay, enough about CZs.

I finished the Peaches and Cream Fleece Artist socks. Such an easy pattern too.
Cast on 60 stitches:
Row 1: k2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, repeat around.
Rows 2 – 4: knit

How easy is that? So pretty too. I loved this yarn, but it’s not Blue Moon STR. I have an absolute obsession with STR. I have to force myself to knit with other yarns. I acknowledge that this is my problem, and there is nothing wrong with Fleece Artist, Regia, Jawoll, Lorna’s Laces, Cherry Tree Hill, etc., I’ve used them all, and keep coming back to STR.

Also OTN is the pink cashmere scarf. I’m not sure about the “Twisty” pattern. I probably should have opted for a nice neat cable. I could have even done an Irish Hiking scarf. If it doesn’t start looking a little more polished in the next few rows it may take a trip to the frog pond, and become Irish in the process. I don’t know—what do you think? Knitting a project often requires a committee!


Jenn said...

The socks and the scarf look great!

Katherine said...

Thanks Jenn. The scarf is growing on me (and on the needles). No frogging yet. The cashmere blend is so soft!

wendy said...

Congratulations on the good sales.
The socks and scarf look great...but I bet a Irish pattern would be good too...tough call on that one.
Thanks again for the needles...I love them.

Carol said...

Cashmere anything is always wonderful. But I see what you mean, the scarf is looking a little,hmmmm, untidy around the edges. I guess it breaks down to what kinda look you were wanting. I have frogged things back several times until I got the look I had in my head.....

Katherine said...

Yes, I am getting closer to frogging it! It just isn't looking as "finished" as I would like. If I don't quit now and start over I will be very unhappy with the finished product.