While I loved working with the natural gray of the blanket, it was time for some color after completing it. Luckily, it was also time to finish up another project.
My YMCA socks are done. These socks are nice and comfortable and fit well. As an added bonus, the colors didn’t pool or form any noticeable pattern that I could distinguish. Cheers all around!
With YMCA done, I permitted myself to start a new pair of socks.
This is a slip stitch plait pattern that I got out of one of my stitch dictionaries. Part of the pattern is to drop the stitch that has been slipped for a couple rounds while working other stitches before picking it back up to knit it so that the whole pattern looks like a cabled pattern. It was felt odd to purposefully drop a stitch, but it all works out ok because the stitch originates a couple rounds below the round that is being work, so the dropped stitch does not get pulled or anything that would cause a run of dropped stitches. (I hope that all made sense, because I can’t think of another way to describe it.)
The yarn is Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga that I got at MDSW. It is possibly the softest sock yarn that I have ever felt. No wonder people go on about it like they do.
While we are on green projects, I am trying to get myself back to weaving on my smaller loom.
This is Atropos from Spirit Trail Fiberworks that I got as MDSW a few years ago. I starting putting this warp on the loom a while ago, but let it drift off because warping this loom became a pain, literally. Now that I know that I can use the stepstool to sit on while threading heddles, I hope to get back to it this weekend, as this project has been mocking me every time that I go down into the basement. Just mock mock mock. We shall see who has the last laugh.
There has been spinning as well. Over Memorial day weekend, I did quite a bit of spinning.
The blue at the top is more of the merino/bamboo from Fiber Optic, while the bobbins below it are each two ounces of the BFL/silk in the Espresso-Crimson-Gold gradient that I got from Fiber Optic at MDSW. There will be a good bit of plying action that will be happening soon (mostly to free up bobbins for continued spinning).
On the future spinning front is this.
Back in April was the weaving guild’s auction, and I was lucky enough to get the day with the guild’s dyeing study group. The day was back in May, and I dyed this cashmere and silk blend that I had along with a yak and merino blend that is not seen here. I steamed the rovings the following weekend, and despite my best attempts to ruin everything (the plastic wrapped “burrito” actually fell into the water and boiled away for a while), it all came out great. There are places where I didn’t apply enough dye, but I figure those will work out somehow when I spin it all up.
So, is that enough color for you?
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Love the socks. As for the weaving, I saw the details on the weft on Rav, but would love to see a pic of the color!
Love love the socks. My looms mock me more and more. Especially the one with the warp threaded and half sleyed.
Your YMCA socks are gorgeous and no pooling! Plus you have your perfect tubular cast off, very nice. I did not know that you had a little loom, I am intrigued as you and Dave Daniels more or less make me think that a small loom like that would be better than a rigid heddle loom. As usual, your spinning & dyeing are beautiful!