The Marathon Begins

Not the running kind. The knitting kind.

A couple of days after finishing my Autumnal socks, I cast on for what will be my biggest project undertaking thus far - a pair of tights. They won't be difficult to make, but my goodness, I have a feeling they're going to take forever. I'm using Mel Clark's Tangerine Tights pattern from her book Knitting Everyday Finery.

So far, I'm loving knitting them. They're going to be the perfect travel project, and also the perfect mindless project. At the point of these photos, I'd only been working on them for a couple of days, so they're knitting up fairly quickly. I had to go up to US 3 needles to get stitch gauge, but my row gauge is way off - the pattern calls for 46 rows to equal 4 inches, but for me, 46 rows equals 7 inches. I'll just adjust my increases accordingly, mainly by trying the tights on as I knit.

The yarn I'm using is Knit Picks stroll tweed sock yarn. It's so so soft, and I love the way it knits up. It has a bit of nylon in it, which I'm hoping will help these last a long time.

I've set a goal to finish these in October. We're going to have some photos taken in the fall and I'd really like to wear these. This is the one time that being short will come in handy!

I've also got a couple of other projects in the works - I'm starting a New Girl skirt with an Internet knitting buddy, and will be knitting my mom an Aidez for Shannon's Summer Sweater KAL when it starts up. I've decided that 3 projects at a time is the best number for me - it helps keep me engaged to have projects to switch back and forth between. 

What's on your needles at the moment?


  1. MichelleCarter7/15/14, 5:57 PM

    Can't wait to see these. I love that your using tweed, too. I was hoping to get tights (the kind without feet) made this summer, but I don't think it's happening. I'll live through you :)

  2. www.tresbienensemble.com7/16/14, 2:22 PM

    Three new projects!?! Your an inspiration. :-D I'm impressed with how quickly your tights are materializing! I hope the pace continues as you progress.