Posted on | April 1, 2010 | 18 Comments
My MIL’s birthday socks are finished! Eight days, cast on to cast off. Amazing what new yarn can do for my stick-to-it-ness!
Pattern: Child’s First Socks by Nancy Bush in Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: A tad less than two skeins of Koigu KPPM (if anyone really wants to know the colorway, I can find it). I have enough left for contrasting toes and heels on a future pair.
Thoughts/Mods: Knit two fewer repeats on the leg. Love this pattern, will definitely knit it again!
I was feeling so good about my progress that I did a little victory spinning on Sunday.
266 yards of baby alpaca – my first successful attempt at spinning alpaca! In the past, I’ve ruined the fiber by putting in too much twist and tightly-spun alpaca is like a Brillo pad. I also tried to get away from spinning fine and this is a solid DK weight, a bit thick and thin, but I’m happy with it.
Since finishing these projects, I’ve been doodling around a bit.
I went to my LYS’s sale and rummaged through the clearance bins. Found 6 skeins of Daktari 100% cotton thick and thin yard in this silvery blue, plus one skein each of dark brown and mustard. I thought finding a pattern would be easy, but the projects on Ravelry are mostly skirts and colorblock sweaters – neither of which appeal to me. I’m considering making Anhinga:
but without as much swing in the front panel. The pattern calls for 100% merino, so this would be a far cry from what Norah Gaughan intended, but it may be worth a shot. I got gauge with US 6s (three sizes smaller than specified! I must be the world’s loosest knitter!), and I’m worried about yardage, so I’m thinking of knitting it top down and incorporating the mustard and dark brown on the bottom. It could be a total disaster. It’s still in the “percolating” stage.
Meanwhile, I cast on for Bella’s Mittens with yarn I also found in the clearance bin, Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Cashmere:
I did not pay one bit of attention to the directions when it came to the cables. That’s what happens when I cast on during Lost! I didn’t even realize it until last night and I decided to knit on and see what happened at the end. I totally blame the fiber – knitting silk and cashmere is such a treat! These will be ripped, as not only are the cables reversed, but they’re a snug fit and that makes for uncomfortable mittens. I’ll reknit on larger needles and correctly follow the pattern, and next winter, I’ll be one of the 4,500+ cool kids who have made these! Ha. I haven’t even seen the movies, much less read the books! Such a poseur.
So, what’s next? Well, I am firmly committed to dragging out all my single socks and knitting them mates. I have a plethora of single socks. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. At least six, possibly more.
I also have a package waiting for me at the post office from Canada. Full of Canadian wool. Many colors of very thin Canadian wool. I am extremely excited about this. My rational side says to put it away until cool weather returns (it’s going to be 80 today), but my impulsive side just might win out…