I was recently working on a sock for our booth display this summer - it's one of my favorite free patterns, called Shell Sock. You know this kind of pattern, I call it mindless knitting............ three rows of stockingette, followed by one row of "pattern". very cool, very easy. very mindless.
I normally have at least one sock of this type on the needles at all times. It's my "grab and go" project - Grab it and go to work (useful for the ten minutes between client sessions) - grab it and go to the post office (great for those long waiting lines) - grab it and go out to dinner (it's something that can be knit in very poorly lit rooms) - grab it and go to lunch with your girlfriends (you can knit it without looking, and not drop any stitches)
For this particular sock I used some yarn from Angora Valley Fibers (a recent addition to our website). I love this yarn! Pat (the hand dyer) does a great job. There is little (to no) pooling - and her color selections are very different from all the other sock yarns out there (including my own - grin) Previously seen here, I used some of her hand dyed sport weight yarn "Monarch" for my Bloomin' Feet socks. This time I used the "Lacewing" (fingering weight ) yarn. The colorway is called Field of Dreams. (please note that all the colors offered in both Monarch and Lacewing are available in either weight of yarn.
The Lacewing comes in very generously sized skeins of 546 yards. Here's what I still have left after knitting an adult woman's size sock. wow.
The yarn itself is a great quality for the money, and is not splitty at all. The colors are deep and well dyed.
I used a size 1 needle, and cast on 63 stitches for this sock. I know for sure that this is destined to be a pair of socks for me (and not just a lonely single sock booth display... yay!)
Other cool new things:
We now are offering the full line of awesome, amazing sock patterns written by Cookie A !(if you go over to our website and click photo to enlarge, you can see it better - they're lovely). I never cease to be in awe of pattern designers. (heads may all bow now in the southerly, west coast, California direction in honor of Cookie A and her genius!) These socks are just begging to be knit! There are eight new patterns. and I had a hard time choosing which one to start first.
Suffice it to say that I wanted a semi-solid yarn, with lots of yardage, for the German Stocking pattern called my name (I wonder why - could it be the cables?? the name of the pattern??) I had quite a few nice yarn choices in my "stash" (aka our store... ho ho ho), but we have a show coming up in less than 2 weeks, and I did not want to deplete stock from things we could not replace quickly......
so I turned to some yarn that I had dyed as an experiment - I made some mistakes, and there are splotches of white that I didn't intend - yet it is a great quality of yarn.
I am fairly certain that I will end up over-dyeing this yarn once the sock is completed, but I had to begin knitting this sock TODAY - and this was the yarn I had on hand.(desperate times call for desperate measures. we all can relate to this sock knitting urgency, can't we?!)
Here is a peek into my "work-in-progress. It's slow going in the beginning (read that lots of stitches!) So far I am loving the pattern and the excitement is building. It will most likely go to the airport tomorrow with me to knit as I wait.(see below)
So I've measured my calf, my ankle, my foot, and the length from knee to ankle bone.. and sent Cookie mental blessing a thousand times today for figuring this out so I didn't have to. Her pattern is amazing.. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that I can do this!
Wait there is more still...............
Dicentra Designs has done it again! Yup, our friend Lisa has added yet another fantastic sock yarn to play with. This time it is a blend of Alpaca and Merino. Can you imagine?! Alpaca on your tootsies! wonderful. We have three colorways ready right now, and she is adding a bunch of semi-solids as well (that we should have within a few days). Lisa is genius with her dyeing ability. This yarn will be great for socks, but I am also considering it for my next lace project... maybe this or perhaps this? or Maybe this one?? thoughts? input? other ideas? This yarn is just begging to be knit!
Coming soon is a fun line of greeting cards (both humorous and serious fiber related), some amazing shawl pins, two brand new lines of yarns and even more. (sometimes its hard to contain my enthusiasm - I'm sure you understand)
Despite the hectic nature of spring on our farm, things are cruising along very well. AND, I am taking almost a week off from both jobs! My youngest daughter, Kate, (here's a photo from last summer that I love) is flying out for a visit on her spring break from school. There will be girl time with both daughters (woo hoo!).
The cake is baked ( ssshh, don't tell her - it's my Mom's fabulous Coconut Snowball cake); the dinners are planned (all her fav's but of course!), the beds are made and the pillows fluffed. I always think of my Mom when I make the beds for one of my children's visit. She used to tell me (back when I was in college) that it was one of her favorite things to do - since it means her children are coming home. Now that both my girls are grown, I know exactly what she means. It is pure joy.
Kate isn't a spinner (or knitter) so I'm not sure there will be any time at the wheel, but she is an appreciative "wearer" of hand knit socks! I'll most likely get some of those "looks" and "grins" and a few of the "oh I really like that yarn Mom" kind of comments, combined with a raising of the eyebrows and the question "who are you making that for???" (does that ever happen to any of you ?... big grin)
Have a wonderful week. I'll be back after she's returned to school.