And I'm sure you'll recognize the international symbol warding off the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.
So far, so good. Stay tuned.
Well, lookee here, it's a sock!
And it's a beautiful sock. Admire that heel.
Cast your eyes over the stripy sole.
Nice, huh? I think so. I could do without the purl line every 5 rows on the calf (in fact, once I got past the heel, I forgot to do it; definitely a design feature), and I wish the calf section were a little longer, but nonetheless, I like it. And since it took less than 50 grams of the 150 grams of merino I dyed, I guess I could knit three of these, if I really wanted.
Naw, I'll knit just a pair. But then I think I'll find some nifty merino/nylon dark blue combo and knit me a pair of two-tone socks with the leftovers - you know, with the toes and heels in sturdy dark blue, and the rest in gaudy stripes. Maybe even knit them from the toe up, so I can use every last bit of this jazzy yarn. Plus, that way I can skip the Kitchenering at the toe. I Kitchenered all right, but I have the distinct impression that while my threaded needle was going in and out of stitches in the right direction, in the right order, and that all will hold together, still I have my doubts about where the yarn was going between the stitches. I'll go look at some more instructions and see if I can figure it out by Sock #2.
By the way, how come this sock looks so good on my foot, and so completely badly proportioned off? Doesn't that foot look way too long to you?
Finally, here we have a hat and a quarter, knit with elann's Sierra Aran wool/alpaca yarn, using Sally Melville's Canadian-Winter Hat pattern from her book, The Purl Stitch. I have four balls of this green in my stash, which I think will be enough for three such hats. Why am I knitting three matching very warm hats, just as spring arrives? Well, on May 30th, the Yarn Harlot is coming to WEBS, on tour to promote her newest book, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off. I intend to be there, of course! (And if you want to go, you have to go tell WEBS here that you're coming. And then you have to tell me, so we can meet up and be groupies together.) She is soliciting hats for the homeless as part of her tour; I have sworn to knit five hats for charity this year. Thus, I am knitting madly away on very warm, very green, very Canadian hats.
It's been a busy week.
In other news, the Lamb's Pride Moderne Log Cabin now measures about 30" by 39", with lots of yarn left to go. Now, does this qualify for Resolution #6? It's not a sweater, but it does have many colors, and it certainly is just as much knitting as a sweater. Hmmm.. a moral dilemma, if I've ever seen one.I really like the texture of this blanket, although I must admit that I get very sick of knitting entire skeins of one color of garter stitch at this point.
Finally, I cast on for the sock pattern that came in the Louet sock-dyeing kit. So far, so good. I tried knitting these on my 6" bamboo Size 2s, but the needles are too long; they kept getting caught in the sweater I was wearing. So I went back to these 5-inch-long bendable pastic needles, but I think I'll try to pick up a set of 5-inchers in bamboo. WEBS has 4-inch-long size 2 "glove needles" in recycled ebony that I eyed for a bit this week, but the set is $15 and I just couldn't justify that much.
About 880 yards of worsted weight, this is a two-ply yarn – one ply is my handspun from a mystery braid I bought from Susan’s Fiber Shop at Rhinebeck last year (probably domestic wool, hand-dyed, 8 ounces); the other ply is four solid colors of Paton’s Kroy sock yarn, 85% wool 15% nylon, that was cluttering up my stash. Aren’t you proud of me for reducing my stashes of yarn and fiber at the same time? I worry that the darker skein is less tightly plied than the lighter skein, but I'll cope, I'm sure.
I’m hoping to pair this with the three skeins below of Araucania Magallanes to make Jillian Moreno’s Boo, Too, from Knitty. I saw Jillian wearing this, or something very like it, at Rhinebeck last year and I’ve been coveting it ever since.
Finally, I had another inspiration for reducing my yarn stash. I have 15 or so skeins of left-over Lamb’s Pride Worsted in several colors, most of which I have absolutely no memory of buying. It occurred to me that I could knit up this jumble into a Mason-Dixon Moderne Log Cabin blanket; here’s my progress thus far, with the remaining skeins close to hand.
I doubt if I’ll be able to use up all the gold and red in this tending-towards-cool-colors spread, but I’ve set myself the challenge of using up all the rest of this yarn in this project. Earle has already been admiring it, so maybe he’ll get it for his birthday in late May. I must say, I really love knitting with Lamb’s Pride Worsted; it just slips through my fingers like butter and the texture of it made into garter is both substantial and nicely drapy. There’s a reason why this yarn has been around forever.
Oh! One more thing: Only eight fingers/thumbs to go….