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kayray
« on: January 14, 2004 12:04:30 PM »

Hi all,

I'm an experienced knitter working with eyelash yarn for the first time and I'm having some trouble.  I'm perplexed! Hope someone can help me. :)

I'm inventing some "Hobbit Feet" socks for my son.  My plan is to make regular socks down past the heel, then knit back-and-forth on the top-foot stitches while holding a strand of eyelash yarn in with the wool, for Hobbit Foot Fur.  Then I'll knit the bottom-foot stitches, joining them with the top-foot side stitches as I go, then unite everything and make the toe.

Ok so everything went well until I started using that eyelash yarn!  In stockinette, the "hairy" part of the fabric ends up in back, on the purl side -- INSIDE the sock!  Ripped it back, tried again conciously trying to get the "hairs" onto the outside of the sock.  No dice.  I can't find any advice anywhere about how to work with eyelash yarn.  I guess I could knit the foot in reverse stockingette... but maybe one of you crafty people has some advice for me.  What's the trick? :)

TIA,
Kara
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2004 01:22:48 PM »

Okay, I've got two ideas or suggestions.  

When I used eyelash yarn, it was in garter stitch, in a pretty open guage.
Perhaps you could use garter stitch for that section?

Or, try using a light brush, like maybe a toothbrush, and running that over the outside of the sock, where the eyelash/hobbit hair should be sticking out.  

Let us know if either of these work - hobbit socks are a fun idea!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2004 12:16:30 PM »

Hi Kara,

I think the revese stocking-stitch idea is a good one.  You already know that it will work. Smiley  

Are you going to join the bottom stitches to the top by doing a K2tog at the end of each row? It occurs to me that you might want to do a slip stitch edge on the "fur" section to compensate for the gauge difference between the that part and the plain yarn part.

Mimi
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2004 10:22:59 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions!  I found that, to keep the gauge right, I had to invent a sort of alternating-yarn moss stitch (or something) and carry the eyelash yarn across the FRONT of the fabric at all times.  Nice and furry.  I'm working on the toes now, glove-style -- never done glove fingers before so I'm experimenting again...  And yeah, I planned the chained edges on the foot-top to make it easy to pick up those side stiches and it was a breeze :)  I'll post a pic when they're done!

Kara
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