This week I unravelled/frogged the troublesome sock that was too big. To be honest for the hassle the pattern repeats were I’m glad I don’t need to knit its buddy! Plus with the yarn colours I prefer the sole anyway!
I ordered a 2mm Addi Sockwonder needle and will try again (with an easy vanilla pattern) to make a new pair that will fit someone I know! I think with a 2mm needle and casting on 72 stitches will be better than the 2.5mm needle. I realised when I made my husband’s first socks I’d cast on 64 stitches on 2.5mm needles, so no wonder this was so much bigger! This yarn seems slightly thinner fingering weight so I’m hoping CO72 with 2mm is going to be ok! What do you use when you are knitting men’s socks?
Once I have some opinions from my fellow YOPers I will cast them on.
The troublesome sock – RIP
My Lintilla scarf is progressing, I haven’t included a photo as I’m upstairs and its downstairs…imagine last week’s photo with extra ruffles lol!
Mostly though this week I have been concentrating on spinning and have now finished spinning and plying the 200g of camel and silk fibre. Today I soaked and snapped all the yarn and boy does it smell like there’s a camel in my utility room! I quite like the smell, but its very different from sheep wool smell. For the final batch I filled a bobbin completely and then chain plied the whole bobbin in one sitting and I am really pleased with the result. It not only shows the colours better, but the plying is just so much neater and more consistent than the 3 bobbins to 1 plying I did with an earlier batch. As it is still wet there’s no photo, so I’ll post next week.
I tried to needle-felt a small landscape, from a postcard image but it is so bad I am too embarrassed to put a photo up. Laziness on my part not spending time doing it properly. I did however make an Autumn Sparkle fairy to hang with my other fairies.
I have ordered 400g of black Icelandic sheep fibre (top) to make the waistcoat on my year of projects list. I have never used that breed of wool before, but the World of Wool website says it is very fine and is excellent for wet felting and nuno felting. I will be using some of the sari silk to decorate the waistcoat (I think in US you’d call it a vest?) Anyhoo that will be a job for my December felting group day in a couple of weeks! I may have ordered a few other bits and bobs as well…oops!
If you’d like to see what the other people are up to in our Year of Projects group have a look (if you have a Ravelry account).