You will have to forgive some of these pictures because my camera battery was dying and I just couldn’t get the lighting right (even with the light studio) but I wanted to get the pictures up because these socks are finally done!
Well, what can I say other than these seemed to be really eternal. I think almost a month is probably close to the longest time I’ve taken to make a pair of socks. I got this yarn for Christmas a few years ago – I like the yarn base itself, but I think I don’t like this much varigation. I would try this dyer again – but I would stay with a solid or semi-solid (and they do have some gorgeous yarns!). The yarn really knit up well, and the yardage was great – I have a lot left (not that I want to do anything with it – eternal!).
It was very hard to find a good pattern for this type of varigated yarn – I had originally planned to make Twinkleberry but it just got lost in the varigation. I think Charade is a meh choice as well – nice pattern, but I think it really got lost too. I think I should have either stuck with a plain sock, or done something really lacy. But by the time I decided that I was meh on the pattern/yarn combo, I was done with one sock. And there was no way I was going to rip it back.
But I’m done – and I used stash yarn. And they are going to a friend who likes them – so all in all, I’m pretty happy.
I knew last night that I’d finish these today on the train, so I took the opportunity and picked my February project…I was a little concerned that I’d pick a yarn or pattern that I wasn’t completely excited about and that I’d bail on the personal sock club. I know that I actually picked all of the yarns and projects, but the January was such a slog, I was really worried what February was going to be.
I didn’t need to worry…
I picked the perfect yarn to restore my excitement in this….Wollmeise!
Isn’t that gorgeous? It is the Miss May colorway, and I got it from a very generous Lorraine. I was so excited when I opened the bag and saw the yarn. And the pattern? Firestarter. Gorgeous. I’m very excited and a little nervous though – this is my first toe up sock. I read the pattern at lunch today, and it walks through every step, so I think I’ll be able to figure it all out. I thought for a bit about trying to do it cuff down, but this year is about stretching my knitting skills, so I’m going to do it toe up.
I’ve been working almost exclusively on the Wool Peddler’s shawl at home – Acer isn’t getting any time (is that a bad sign?). Its such a great soothing pattern, and I’ve really enjoying all the garter stitch.
It snowed here again today – I am really really ready for spring. Although I love my mittens/hats/cowls/scarves/shawls, I’m ready to not be all bundled up and sloshing through ice and snow. I spoke to my mother yesterday who very nicely told me about the nice weather in California. So nice. OK, I’m off to figure out how to start these socks…have a great rest of the week!