My knitting time seems to have evaporated into thin air this week. Highly annoying, I must say. (I just had an Ed Grimley moment there.)
So, my work in progress consists of this sock.
Sad, really. But the sock is not sad. No no no. I am very, very pleased with Feather and Fan done in Lorna’s Laces Gold Hill. Yes, indeedy, I am.
Shelda had a question:
One question about Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. Do you think it wears as well as other sock yarns (say Opal or Regia)? I love my LL socks, but I think they pill a bit more than the average sock, and perhaps shrink a bit more too. I have several pair that are two to three years old and seem to be showing their age. I’m thinking perhaps I’m going to stop drying them in the dryer.
Before this sock, I’ve knitted two pairs of socks from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, and gave both of them away, so I don’t have an answer for you.
Any other sock knitters care to weigh in?
I just started my first toe up from your pattern and actually I mostly wanted to tell you that I am totally in awe of this type of construction. So simple, so fascinating, so… cool. The only thing I had problems with was getting the provisional cast on unzipped. Is there a trick to it that I am missing or is it just practice? (This is only the second time I have done a provisional cast on, so there is that…)
Maggie, check out my Knitty article on toes for toe-up socks from way back when. It describes the provisional cast-on (with pictures!) in a bit more detail.
And don’t feel bad — I’ve had problems unzipping my provisional cast-on from time to time. A couple of things that help me — use a smooth, not fuzzy, yarn that’s about the same weight of your sock yarn to make the chain, and use a crochet hook a bit larger than you would normally use for the yarn. I find that it is much easier to knit into larger looser loops. And if your yarn is non-fuzzy (cotton would be good), you have less chance of splitting it or committing other atrocities that make it hard to unzip.
But if you have a chain that does not want to unzip, take the scissors to it — carefully, of course!
Oh, and P.S. to Jon — the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn I pictured yesterday is the Winterberry colorway.
Which brings me to another question:
Karen B. asked:
OK, so is that a picture of your current sock yarn stash or the additional fiber babies who’ve come to roost?
Um . . . that would be a photo of some of the new fiber babies . . .
And what a perfect segue to . . .
The Sock Yarn Stash of Epic Proportion!
I might have mentioned once or twice that I have a sock yarn stash of epic proportion. In order to clear out space for my new sock yarn stash, I want to send my old stash out to good homes. So . . . I’m sorry, but some of you guys are going to have to take it off my hands.
Rather than take photos of it and list it on eBay (or some other equally rational method of sock yarn disposal), here’s what’s gonna happen. Please read the following carefully!
Send an email (one email per person, please) to The Official WendyKnits Contest Email Address with the following information:
1. The most entertaining/creative/compelling reason you can think of why I should send you some of my sock yarn stash. (I reserve the right to share these missives along with whatever name you authorize me to use in said email — and blog link if you’ve got one — in future blog entries.)
2. Your snail mail address (this information will be shared with no one but the postal service, in the event of my mailing sock yarn to you). Please feel free to send me an email if you live outside of the U.S., by the way.
Please have these emails to me by Sunday March 26, 2006, 3:00pm EST. If you can’t click on the link for the email address, please leave a comment and I’ll respond and email the address to you.
I will pick the emails that entertain me the most, and send the authors care packages of sock yarn until I run out of the old sock yarn stash.
What you get will be a surprise — I’m going to make up grab bags of different yarns so you’ll probably get yarn for several pairs (how many will depend on how many creative and entertaining entries I get). Each separate yarn will be enough for a pair of socks though.
Ah, down-sizing. It’s so uplifting!
Lucy agrees. She thinks there will be more room for her catnip mice.