Finished my socks, finished my sweater. So there’s new stuff in the works!
A report on the alpaca socks I finished over the weekend. I wore them all day on Sunday. I schlepped around in the rain, going to the grocery store, putting gas in the car (ouch!) and made a couple of trips back and forth from car to home.
At the end of the day I handwashed the socks — soaked them in warm water with a mild soap for half an hour. Rinsed them, and put them in the dryer until they were just barely dry.
They came out looking perfect. They did not felt a bit, even though I was wearing athletic shoes that rubbed the heel of the socks slightly because the shoes were a tad large for the finer gauge socks.
So. New Socks.
Teddy is happy to pose wearing the new sock toe.
That is Opal Rainforest Tiger sock yarn. I made a pair of socks from the original Opal Tiger sock yarn in 2002. This yarn differs slightly in the colorway — there’s a sort of caramel-colored shade, in addition to the black, cream, and orange.
I’m actually a lot further along now:
These socks are for the KOARC — he picked the yarn out of my new (ahem) sock yarn stash. See what a fun-loving guy he is? I did promise not to knit his socks in Feather and Fan, by the way.
Upon seeing the sock in progress, he commented “Better not let Phyl see that sock.”
I also started a new sweater.
This is what I knitted a swatch for towards the end of last week. It’s Rowan Calmer in the color “Calmer,’ and the design is my own. I’m calling it Deirdre. It will be a long-sleeve pullover with waist shaping.
I really like this cable. Because the design is fitted, I wanted a nice flat motif that wouldn’t stand out too much and add bulk to the sweater. This cable fits the bill perfectly.
“Hmmmmm, I think tomorrow’s date is significant in some way. April 25 – what could it be?