There’s been a fair amount of fiber-related work here at Casa del Revknits since I am mostly staying off a leg to prevent further injury til we figure out what’s up. It roughly falls into three categories.
The Christmas knitting continues apace – I’ve knocked out another pair of socks from Kate Atherley’s new Custom Socks book. Any serious sock knitter will want this on their shelves, as the author deconstructs sock sizing, sock versus shoe sizing, and fitting the unusual foot. It’s quite perfect, as one would expect from a technical editor (she techs for Knitty.com). If you have weird foot to ankle circumferences, narrow or wide heels, have a tough time fitting your foot, this is a great book. In addition, the instructions are really, really clear!
I adapted a pattern from the book called Wellesley – altering the cable to work better with the variegated yarn that was in my stash.
I also “finished”some yarn – it started out as polwarth wool and silk 50-50 merino top, from Into the Whirled, purchased two years ago at Rhinebeck. I had spun the single on my KCL multiple shaft spindle, so I made a two-ply plied on my trusty 2 oz Schacht spindle. The fiber is the one on the left…
This is a laceweight yarn, about 600 yards. Ivwill probably be used for shawl, I have to show off the beauty and drape of this yarn!
Yes, there are some WIPS (works in progress), neither of them a dishcloth. The Osebury Rock Shawl is on hold – an odd thing occurred with this project, which is part of Ysolda’s 2015 Shawl Club. While I can’t say enough good things about this club there was a small hiccup for this project. It turns out that many of the knitters, including me, are running out of one of the colors despite it being test knit ok. Because it is Ysolda and she is fabulous, she is working to resolve the situation instead of just leaving us to hang trying to make do. I hope to sign-up for next year!
I have a new WIP because a pastor in my congregation has just taken on two foster children with her husband, one of whom is a small baby, so I’m making the Buttons Cardigan in a lovely varigated DK Regia yarn. This is my go-to pattern for baby sweaters, and with the washable DK yarn, it’s perfect for a busy mom. I hope to finish in the next couple of days, and make a matching hat as well. The chill in the air has reached Fresno!
I am saying good-bye this week to one of my hand knits – a pair of socks out of A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Creating yarn. It’s very soft and lovely, and the socks have been great, but I have come to realize that 100% soft wool, such as this beautifully dyed 100% merino wool, doesn’t hold up in wear the way that merino-nylon blends do.
The brown yarn is a previous patch in wool-blend yarn, but now there a big hole below it. I’ve now mended these a couple of times, and it’s time to move onto to new socks!