It’s Super Ragdoll!
The KOARC took that action shot of Miss Lucy, leaping down from the top of the wall unit in my living room. I praised her for her agility:
In addition to remarking on how angelic Lucy looks when she sleeps, Roseann commented:
I wondered how you were going to block your mitered sweater, I thought maybe steaming. Did you use your new foam blocks (that you used for your Alpine Lace) and blocking wires? I’m enjoying your watching your miter progress, it is very entertaining!
I did use the foam blocks, but no blocking wires. I only use blocking wires when I am blocking lace and stretching it out. No stretching here — I just sort of pushed everything into shape.
I thought about steaming the pieces, but was afraid that would distort the garter stitch too much, so I opted for a dunk in cool water with Soak woolwash. I gently squeezed out excess water by rolling the pieces in bath towels and gently squeezing, and then laid them out on the foam blocks, straightened the pieces out, and left them to dry.
I finished the second of my Serendipity socks. Here is the pair:
To recap, this is Chewy Spaghetti sport weight sock yarn in the “Serendipity” colorway, purchased from the Loopy Ewe. I used a 3.0mm needle for the sock and my new pattern that I cobbled together. (I’ll be posting the pattern soon — watch this space.)
The colorway of your new socks reminds me a lot of the Lucy socks you made out of STR. Are they as similar in person as they seem?
Also, I’m curious how much ribbing you do at the top to keep your socks up? It looks like maybe about an inch on this pair? I’m getting ready to bind off the first of my Longhorn socks and trying to decide how much ribbing I want.
This colorway is much brighter than the Socks That Rock “Lucy” colorway. The Lucy colorway is more muted and resembles my Lucy’s coloring very much.
I only did an inch of ribbing at the top of these socks. I don’t like a deep ribbing on socks.
The Swedish picnic we attended on Saturday was not in celebration of Valborg, but was the “end of the school-year” party for an adult education Swedish school in the Washington DC area. I am the webmaster for the school’s website, so the director kindly invited me and the KOARC to the picnic. (The KOARC has some nice photos of the event on his blog here.)
By the way, several people have asked if I’ll be going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend. I’ve decided not to. I don’t always go, and because I’m in the middle of my “Knit From My Stash” effort, there’s really no reason to go this year. This will leave more yarn for the rest of you.
No, no need to thank me. It’s a public service I am pleased to offer.