My Easterish socks are done and it's only St. Patrick's Day!! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
I'm pretty happy with them. The yarn is quite cotton-y feeling, not so much wool-like, and that means it doesn't have the stretchiness and give of a wool sock. There's quite a bit of superwash wool in there though. Tofutsies contains 50% superwash wool, 25% soy silk, 22% cotton, and 2.5% chitin, which is from shrimp and crab shells. It makes the yarn antibacterial. I would like it more if the shrimp and crab came from Maine, but it comes from China... good for the Chinese I guess :)
I have a multitude of upcoming projects. One that is ongoing is the sock yarn scraps afghan:
Another is the October Frost cardigan from A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd. It will be a challenge! I'm hoping it is not an insurmountable one though. Here are some pictures from the book:
And here's what I've got done so far:
I've got the ribbing almost done. It seems to be getting easier, I'm getting better at moving the stitches along. I would love to say it is because my hand and arm muscles are coming back, but sadly, that is not the case; I'm just getting better at finding other ways to push the stitches. I guess if that's what gets the job done, that's all I can hope for. It will be a sorry day indeed if something happens to my left hand too!
Today I hope to start a hat with this:
That's 100% Secret Island Wool from Good Karma Farm that I got at the Spa. I'll make a hat out of it for the Ships Project, unless somebody really wants it for Christmas. Isn't it a nice bright color?
Tomorrow is the day I start the Learn to Knit Socks KAL. I know, I already can make socks, but this one uses a toe-up construction with a fleegle heel in fingering weight yarn, much easier than trying to devise such a thing myself.
I'm using Knitter's Brewing Company's Sweet yarn this time, in Cordovan (dark red or brown, take your pick). It is a heavenly blend of 60% superwash merino wool, 15%nylon, 15% bamboo, and 10% silk. It is very soft and feels quite luscious. I didn't choose to use it for the Family Jewels Sock KAL, because I was worried that it might be too slippery for me to manipulate those intricate stitches (though it wouldn't be for most people) and I think I was right. But for this pair of socks, it is very good. I think this may be for my husband for Christmas, unless I throw it all out; you never know, it might happen. I doubt it though.