Because it’s been an alarmingly long time since I showed you new knitting, I thought I’d just pop in here and throw up a pic of some upcoming socks. These have been finished for an age (so I suppose they’re only sort of new knitting), but I hadn’t had time to write the pattern or get a photo. So I popped them in the suitcase and took them with us to Maine.
I’m sort of loving them, even if I do look frightfully pale. As soon as I have a few consecutive free hours, I’ll get the pattern written and up and announced in the testing thread on ravelry. If you’re smitten with them, keep an eye out over there in the next week or two!
Hi all, you’ll have to pardon me if things are a bit scattered for a day or two. We’re back from our trip. We went up to Rhinebeck, and then on to Maine for a bit of a vacation. We had planned to wind our way back slowly and arrive home Wednesday evening, but there’s a bit of a storm at the moment. We made the executive decision that all the places we’d be seeing on our way home were likely to be a bit damp and windy, so we opted to dash home instead. After two very long, very wet, very windy days of driving, we got in Monday afternoon.
Now I’m in that daze of trip re-entry (unpack, do the laundry, go find groceries, get the cats, get the mail, sort out the email, etc). All of which is made more fun by the nice heavy rains and stiff winds and good chance that the power may leave us at some point (we live in an old neighborhood with lots of big lovely trees and above ground power lines…half of our town is dark already).
But all that’s just an inconvenience, not much of a safety issue, and we’ll be fine. Over the next day or two (power permitting) I’ll be on here to update you with the trip, announce the winner of Carol’s book, show off some lovely sock pictures, and all sorts of other bloggy goodness. Hope everyone else is safe and dry.
Next on the list, The Plucky Knitter.
I first encountered Plucky Knitter yarns at Sock Summit. I fell for them immediately, and I fell hard. I may possibly have walked to the register cradling the yarn in my arms, as there was too much of it to simply hold in my hands. Part of that purchase got turned into Whippersnappers within just a few months. Plucky yarns can be a little tricky to get, but I assure you they’re well worth the effort!
On the right is Plucky Feet in Sticky Toffee. This is a 4 ply, 90% merino 10% nylon mix and is pretty much everything you could ask for in a sock yarn. It’s round enough to show off your stitches, sturdy enough to last, and soft enough to feel marvelous. I’ve got a secret project in the works with this stuff (can’t tell you a thing about it now, but you will totally hear me making noise about it when it comes out).
On the left is Primo Worsted. This is a 4 ply, 75% merino, 20% cashmere, 5% nylon blend in a lovely smushy worsted weight. It’s amazingly versatile. I, in my fat sock yarn moments, would totally make socks out of it, but it would be marvelous for accessories or garments as well. It’s what I used for Uproar, (which is the piece of knitting that gets the most compliments ever when I wear it).
And now, String Theory.
I confess, String Theory’s yarns are new to me. I kept finding absolutely gorgeous projects on Ravelry, falling madly in love with the yarn, clicking through to see who had made it, and seeing String Theory’s name over and over and over again. Eventually, I took the hint. It was clear I simply had to get my hands on some.
On the right is Capaer Sock in the color Blue Hill. This is an 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend (always a favorite of mine) and comes in the most breathtaking colors imaginable. I have a sneaking suspicion great heaping quantities of this yarn may need to somehow leap into my stash in the very near future (like possibly this week) so I can knit with it whenever the urge strikes.
Now while I’m guessing no one was surprised to see orange yarns in the last Book Yarn post, I bet the same can’t be said for blue. I’ve long been…let’s say hesitant…about blue. It just seemed like such a safe choice when there was all that orange and yellow and gray out there to flirt with. But Malabrigo, Malabrigo has made a believer out of me. These are too pretty to resist.
On the right is Arroyo in the color Azules. Arroyo is a superwash merio. I used it for the Ruction cowl and mitts in Rabble Rousers and am still smitten with it. You may have noticed, if you’ve been paying alarmingly close attention, that all the sock-ish yarns have been on the right in these photos. I think that’s likely a very good sign that these (despite saying sportweight on the label) may well have become some socks in the current book.
On the left is Sock in the color Impressionist Sky. This is another lovely superwash merino. And again, if your suspicions lead you to believe that this might be a non-sock project, I wouldn’t argue. I’ve seen some lovely socks made from this yarn, but for my money, you’re better off using a yarn of this thickness and this composition somewhere other than in shoes. Somewhere where you can see the pretty and revel in the softness!
Oh, and while we’re here, don’t forget to go to the previous post for a chance to win a copy of Sock Yarn Studio and a skein of the yarn used in my project! Comments close on that tomorrow, and I don’t want you to miss out!