My new sock is coming along very nicely.
The sock yarn is lovely. You don’t think it will felt, do you?
A very good question, and it reminded me that I neglected to mention that this yarn is handwash only. So if I were to throw it in the washer, it might very well felt.
Will it felt with wear? I’m betting not. I’m actually knitting it at 9 stitches to the inch, which makes for a very firm, sturdy fabric. I think it will stand up nicely to wear.
Shirley in PA commented:
By the way, your new sock yarn is hand wash and dry. What will you do? You could always send me the socks and I will wash and dry and wear them for you.
Ain’t she thoughtful? Thanks, Shirley, I’ll keep that in mind.
Another sock question, from Regenia:
I’ve been hearing good things about the Panda Cotton since it came out, but haven’t yet gotten to see (or touch) any. How would you compare it to something of similar composition such as Fixation?
Warning! Strong opinion ahead! Warning!
My only experience with Cascade Fixation is that I bought a couple of balls of it, thinking I ought to try it. I knit a swatch with it and hated it. Hated it. H-A-T-E-D it.
(Did I mention I hated it?)
I found to too thick and heavy and textured for socks. I know a lot of people like it, but it’s not for me.
The Panda Cotton, on the other hand, is much finer and to my mind, much softer. It’s not exactly the same composition because it has some bamboo in it. Perhaps that’s what adds the softness. While it was not my favorite sock yarn to knit — you do have to pay attention so you don’t split it — it was a pleasant knitting experience and I really love the socks.
Clown Miter Sweater
I really enjoyed hearing all your views on the miter sweater and I can certainly appreciate that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. Here’s the back, complete.
Little triangles form the back neck shaping.
As I said, I haven’t decided yet if it is a clown sweater. I do very much like the look of it at this point, but it’s hard for me to visualize just how busy it will be when it is complete. Only time will tell. But I am certainly enjoying the heck out of knitting it.
And now I’m obsessed with miters.
The copy of Strange Affair goes to Elaine P-P. Elaine, I’ve emailed you!
Maltese Shawl Revisited
The Maltese Shawl I completed a few weeks ago has gone to its new home.
This is my sister-in-law, Gala (married to my brother, Dave). Doesn’t she look fabulous?
Speaking of Fabulous
Lucy spends some quality time with her baby chick.