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November 10, 2005

roositud lessons


This roositud business is definitely a learning process. I substituted yarn because Rauma yarn isn't avaialble locally for me and when it's Saturday afternoon and you really need to start a new project, well, mail order just won't do.

I missed one important thing in subbing yarn though. The roositud yarn is about twice as thick as the sock yarn! When I realized that I knew why I wasn't quite happy with my tension so far -- the yarn just had too much room to move around. I thought about it this morning and decided I had to fix it. Mary Beth summed up my thoughts best today.

Can you tell the difference with the second strand of yarn? See those first few rows and how they almost look diagonal? That's why -- they just have too much room to move around! The rest of the rows are doubled and it's much nicer. I still think I have some room for improvement, but it's definitely better.

BTW, this roositud is almost as finicky as intarsia. I'm untangling after each row -- nothing like knitting in the round to further twist things up. Especially when some rows use three colors and some rows use two.

I'm really not complaining though. As I knit each round I think about how much fun it'll be to wear these socks -- to hike up my jeans each time I walk by a mirror just to see the color peak out, or to bear my calves and show off share these with fellow knitters. I can't wait!

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This project looks like so much fun!

Posted by: Karma | Nov 10, 2005 11:37:47 PM

Ah yes! The fix looks great! This happens with beading, too - if the yarn is too thin, the beads can move around too much. Great solution!

Posted by: grumperina | Nov 10, 2005 11:56:32 PM

Well, even if its finicky, I'm willing to bet it goes faster as you get further into it. And it'll be worth it - it looks great.

Posted by: Cassie | Nov 11, 2005 5:46:09 AM

look what I found..

Posted by: Michelle | Nov 11, 2005 8:14:08 AM

I can see just what you mean on the thicker yarn working better! It's so worth figuring it out - and then you will have mastered a new skill - thanks for sharing it with us. Love the bright colors!

Posted by: Mary Beth | Nov 11, 2005 11:44:33 AM

Nancy always has us double the yarn and we cut and us a short length so it doesn't tangle too much. As Cassie said it does get easier once you get the hang of it. Let me know if you have any questions you think I can answer!
It does look good and you're on the right track. It will be worth it as the colors are beautiful together.

Posted by: margene | Nov 11, 2005 5:15:25 PM

What a beautiful sock Jody! You'll be showing those gams proudly :)

Posted by: Debi | Nov 11, 2005 6:55:32 PM

those socks look brilliant! i know they are a bit finiker and painful but hell ... i love them jody!!

Posted by: jacqueline | Nov 13, 2005 3:09:23 AM

Wow, I love that technique. I can definitely see the difference between the top and bottom and now I'm feeling like I want to try it sometime.

Posted by: Marnie | Nov 13, 2005 4:23:36 PM

You are doing a great job there :) I wonder what's the correct word for "roositud" in English or is the technique that unique? Free translation from Estonian "roositud" would be "rosed" :)
I used the technique myself when designing a set of sweaters with native Estonian patterns and elements. The "rosed" motive (on of the "strongest", protective symbols, that stands for happiness, life and strength) is on my daughter's sweater. You can see a picture on my blog if interested:
Actually there are bigger pictures, too (not linked by default):

Posted by: Elsa | Nov 22, 2005 2:40:56 AM

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