Easterish Socks! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 17, 2011
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.
Love your easterish socks, the cardigan is beautiful, personally when I'm working a large project I like to make something like a hat to give me that "i finished something feeling".
Posted by: brandi | March 18, 2011 at 01:06 PM
when I'm working a large project I like to make something like a hat to give me that "i finished something feeling".
Posted by: vibram five fingers | March 30, 2011 at 05:36 AM