Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cameron T. Bunny and new sock yarn

This may be my most viewed blog post ever with that combination! First - there is the bunny. He likes the inside. I do NOT like him inside because guaranteed after about 5 minutes he will pee on whatever he is sitting on to mark it as his. The dog is not amused, although she is outweighed so she by and large shuts up about it and just glares. But when it is cold outside, the Kid tends to smuggle the rabbit in as soon as my back is turned. Just a few days ago, I came out of the shower to find Cameron happily hopping around on my bed. He was happy - I was not. And then the sock yarn. A little forward movement on the Tofutsies socks. This photo for some reason looks way darker here than it did when I took it - will have to try again tomorrow. This is the sock pattern I am designing for SWTC. A knitted rib top, crocheted openwork leg, then back to knitting for the heel, foot and toe. I did a sample in a wool/cotton blend, but this stuff threw me. It is VERY light, very fine yarn. And soft, did I mention how soft it is? It is waaaaaay soft. Made up of 50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton, and 2.5% Chitin. So I had to go down a needle and hook size from the original sample. This is knitted on size 1 dpns, and crocheted on a C hook.
What is Chitin, you ask? I didn't know either, so I will quote from the label "Chitin is fiber from shrimp and crab shells! It's naturally antibacterial!" Exclamation points are courtesy of SWTC, not me.

This is not a tightly spun yarn, and it is an 8 ply. I had a few minutes of aggravation with splitting, but I got past that very quickly - I think it just takes a few rounds to get used to the yarn. As you can see, it is a variegated yarn, not a self striping one. It is doing some interesting pooling on the crochet leg - I can't wait to see if it does the same thing on the second sock, or takes off and does something different. More photos as things progress.

Today I need to progress on a costume - the Kid is going to make an appearance this weekend at a theme party as Alice in Wonderland, and I have to finish the dress. I liked it much better when she didn't realize I really could make her any sort of outfit she wants, she was much less demamding then!


Karen said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this yarn in process.

And the bunny? I'm gonna come and steal him. Yep. He's so darn cute!!

Anonymous said...

The yarn sounds really neat. The tiny hook would kill me, but it is looking great.

Stariel said...

What a cute bunny!

But the chitin is kinda freaky. I don't know if I'd want to wear socks with shrimp/crab derivatives in them... By the way, it's also what makes up a large part of the cell walls in fungus. :)

Spinneret said...

I looked up Chitin in the dictionary. About what I remembered it being, entymologically speaking.
Wow. Now it's yarn.
Teach. The. Kid. to. Sew. yikes. That's too much.

Nikki said...

My bunny is litter box trained. They are quite easy to train and will usually do it themselves if you just provide them with a litter box. It may take a few times of putting their poop in the box so they get the idea. My boy bunny, who I've had for 4 years, hasn't peed on stuff around the house more than 10 times in that space, and mostly on blankets left on the couch (he really used to like to go there. cuz it's soft?) my girl bunny, who recently died, I had for 2 years and she never peed anywhere other than the litter box after the first 2 days I had her.

Of course, both of my bunnies are/were fixed, so that may make a difference. But I think any bunny can be litter box trained.