I finished the Ingrid’s Blues socks yesterday. Alert the media!
To recap, these were made using my generic toe-up pattern with feather and fan on the leg. You may recall that I wrote this up into a pattern (pdf format) a little while back. The yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in the “Ingrid’s Blues” colorway. I used 2mm (US 0) needles.
I also finished the first of the Kool-Aid socks.
I did a plain stockinette sock with a picot edge at the top.
So I guess I will go ahead and make the second one. This sock is not really “me,” but if we ever again have a snowstorm in DC, I’ll be sure and wear these socks as a touch of summer during said snowstorm.
By the way, in the interests of enabling you into purchasing sock yarn, here are a few online shops from whom I have purchased sock yarn:
kpixie — I love Jessica and Missa! They have great stuff on their site — including Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. Ahem. I note that they currently have the lime green purse handles for Noni bags in stock, too. I’ve always had extremely fast service from kpixie — what’s not to like?
Carodan Farm — have you seen their new online store? Awesome! I am a longtime customer of Carodan. They also carry Hand Painted Yarns, along with a wide variety of other sock yarns. And other great yarns as well. Their own “house” brand of yarn is a killer deal — aran weight wool in a beautiful array of colors for a very low price.
Simply Sock Yarn Company has a wide array of sock yarns — including Fleece Artist. They also carry Interlacements Tiny Toes. Just sayin’.
And a new shop — The Loopy Ewe, run by “Sheri in St. Louis” from my comments. Sheri also has Hand Painted Yarns, Schaeffer Anne, Cherry Tree Hill, among others. And more yarns on the way!
So many great places to buy sock yarn . . .
I picked up my Log Cabin blanket last night and did a few rows, but I was too warm with the blanket draped over me, so I quickly went back to knitting a sock. Funny, in summers past I never had problems knitting with wool in the summer, but the advancement of middle age (sigh) is wreaking havoc with my internal thermostat. Small projects that don’t actually touch any part of me are far more do-able right now.
I do realize that time marches on, but does it have to march so relentlessly over me? (No need to answer that.)
Anyhow . . .
Thank you so much for all your nice comments about the Noni bag! I am pretty stinking pleased with it, I must say, even though it did involve sewing. Ew, sewing.
I’m mad for the Noni patterns and your bag is divine. But do you think it really requires lining? (Like you, I loathe picking up a needle and thread.)
Sadly (considering how I feel about sewing), my answer is yes, I do think it really requires lining.
When I was doing the finishing on my bag, I noticed how easy it was to poke the prongs of the feet through the felted fabric, and it crossed my mind how easy it would be for something sharp and pointy (like a knitting needle or a ballpoint pen) to poke through the felted fabric as well. Interfacing and lining can help thwart this.
And a pretty lining really adds something to the bag, too. I love the silk dupioni I used to line my Noni bag.
Even though it involves sewing (hey — did I mention that I loathe sewing?), I think putting a lining in a felted bag is totally worth the hassle.
I think my next Noni will be a medium carpet bag.
But in the meantime, I started some more sewing.
Lucy seems impressed, no?