Thursday, February 25, 2016
Back to socks
My friend Kate talked me into doing the (free!) sock knit-along that Craftsy offered last month. It was taught by Lucy Neatby. Lucy has some very interesting tips for sock-knitting, and I learned some new stuff! Always a good thing. The first sock in the knit-along involves a smocked stitch. This particular stitch is fairly fussy to perform, but ends up looking quite nice. I think one pair of smocked stitch socks will be enough for me though.
The really interesting thing about these socks is that when I was about half-way through the leg of the 2nd sock I noticed that the wool produced stripes. I hadn't expected that, because in the ball, the wool looks sort of mottled and muted. However, not only does it stripe in a quiet way, it also happened to do it in a way that made these 2 socks identical. That is amazing. Such luck. Such happenstance. I suppose I ought to say I made it happen, but that would be a lie. Sheer flukey luck.
Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Petals Socks in the Alpine Strawberry Colourway. 50% merino, 20% angora, and 30% nylon. Socks are Lady's size 6 shoe size, 60 sts., 2.5 mm needles. I used 63 gr of the 100 gr.
The 2nd fabulous thing I want to show you today is this:
OK, so that makes 4 more things. The above-mentioned Kate made some lovely project bags, and donated them to the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project for fundraising. These bags are now part of the online auction that's starting today on this Facebook page. You can bid until next Thursday at 7pm EST!! And these are completely mail-able! Go have a look. You know your socks-in-progress would look great in one. (Or, I guess, your lunch would!!)