Well, I am sitting here right now, waiting for the air conditioning repairman to call me to let me know when he will be here. Fortunately, today is not supposed to be a scorcher; but I have never been a fan of these unscheduled times off work. I don’t have a lot of vacation time to begin with, so taking time off just to be chained to the house waiting for an appointment leaves something to be desired.
I figured, in the meantime, that I would update you on what is going on in textile land.
One STR Carbon sock is done.
My impressions so far? At least with the mediumweight, the yarn is ok; but I wouldn’t stand in line to get it. I think STR’s colorways are what causes the big fanbase. The yarn itself doesn’t seem to have much in the way of properties that I expect from merino: elasticity and softness. Would I buy it again? Probably, but it isn’t my first choice.
As far as the diamond brocade sock,
I am kind of in a quandary about that. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to do the foot. Karen is right that the stranding pinstripe is not ideal. I ripped out what you saw previously and tried knitting into the round below to create the pinstriping, but I am not sure about how to go about the decreases for the gusset with this method. Of course, if I rip out the heel and just go with a short row heel, my life would get a lot easier, as there would be no decreasing in the colorwork; but I kind of like the look of the decreasing in the pinstripe.
As for the spinning, I am halfway there.
To give you an idea of how fine the single is, here it is in comparison to Colinette Jitterbug.
I admit, I am a slow spinner, especially with fine yarns. Hey, at least it makes the experience last longer, right?
And there is a new sewing project on the horizon.
I got these jersey knits from Gorgeous Fabrics to try my hand at copying a favorite shirt of Mr. Penney’s. We can’t find a knit shirt that buttons all the way up the front anywhere, so I came up with the brilliant idea of making one. I report later on how successful the whole thing turns out.
As for the last post, thank you all, both on and off the blog, for your support. Strangely, I have been called worse and had worse things happen to me and not been as bothered by it; I guess because it had always been by a lone person that was considered a wingnut and not around much longer after that. In any case, things are getting taken care of in that department. My employer has been excellent over the whole situation.
Thanks to what went on, my next sock project has been selected.
I like the colors in your STR Carbon socks. They do have their yarn specially spun for them, it is some secret forumua. I look forward to seeing more of your Diamond Brocade sock yet I know how it feels to be stuck. I have one Fiesta Foot sock in Koigu completed, for instance. Pretty woodland singles colors and I love my Kaleidoscope socks, they are one of my favorite pairs.
Gorgeous spinning! I love the colors and the consistency of your single(s).
I think it’s interesting the way the STR striped nicely on the leg then pooled all over the place on the foot. Did you change stitch count?
Pretty STR socks. I got some of their raven mediumweight yarn at MSW that I have slated for a cardigan. Haven’t started on it yet, but I was wondering if the yarn would live up to the things I always hear about it.
Love the yarn for the new sock knitting project! Can you believe Lynn said she was sick o’ socks at tonight’s meetup thingie? How could anyone look at that yarn and be sick of socks!!
It’s the gayest yarn I’ve ever seen (gay has always meant a beautiful gift from God for me:) One of my daughter’s shares that gift, and as far as I’m concerned she’s perfect!
Now I know why I love rainbows!