Hello, sock-knitters and other interested parties. How’re you? The sun is out today in London and it is glorious.
It is also that time of the month where I owe you all a sock update. Reporting on progress will be short but sweet because look! I have finished my latest helical socks. But oh! I only have this one picture…
Top-down, helical stripes, garter-edged slip-stitch heel and a short-row toe. Designed specifically to maximise the benefit of those two shades of Travelknitter yarn, and I am very happy with them indeed. So much so that I’ve almost finished writing up the pattern – I just need to get it tested and then hope to release it in May. Watch this space!
Straight after casting off the socks I cast on for an ombre textured cowl for Gareth. I am fascinated by the difference in the colours of this yarn set depending on whether you’re looking in daylight or artificial light. When I bought it at EYF I was convinced it was grey – however one of the few criticisms I have of EYF is that the marketplace has absolutely no natural light. And, photographing the cowl-in-progress in proper daylight shows that it is indeed clearly shades of blue – the darkest colour is very definitely a deep navy. Compare and contrast these two pictures – one taken one evening just after casting on, and the other taken about an hour ago in the lounge on a sunny day.
Bringing things back round to socks again (bear with me) – I was really struck with how mini-skein sets like this one were all over EYF. Everyone is selling them – and they’re very appealing. Which, eventually, got me to thinking of all the 20-30g sock leftovers I have, which then, finally, made me twig that I could, in fact, create my own mini-skein sets. So I did! I’m just playing around with colour combinations at the moment (and you might spot the same yarn in more than one set, plus the occasional cheat of a skein not yet used but which goes with the other colours) – which combo do you like best?
I’m not quite sure how I’m going to use these, but I definitely have some kind of gradient sock in mind (see? we’re back to socks!) and maybe I might have an update on that this time next month.
Excitingly we have lots of people getting involved with the monthly sockalong these days. I’ve listed everyone I know about below – I’ll update links to live posts when I know that they’re up, and if you’re joining us and I haven’t listed you (or I’ve inadvertently missed you), comment and let me know! Also Stef has created some ace new post headers for us this month – this one’s my favourite.
- Katherine from Fiber and Sustenance (post live)
- Paula from Spin a Yarn (post live)
- Stefanie from Stefanie Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric (post live)
- Steph from My Making Do Adventure (post live)
- Meg from Intergalactic (post live)
- Lynne from Minding My Own Stitches (post live)
- Liz from Knitting from the hip (post live)
- Reanna from Knit, Reanna, Knit! (post live)
- Kathy B from Compassionknit
- Tammy from Life and Yarn or Yarn and Life (post live)