Ewe can suck it

Thank you all for your well-wishes for my b’day 😀 I had a lovely evening, with a roast duck that turned out pretty much perfectly, great friends to share it with, nice champagne to help it swim, and baked cheesecake to keep it down.

The next day was rather laid back … except that one of my friends had given me some yarn I’d been coveting for ages: KnitPicks Chroma in the Regency colourway. I just love the colourway, and when I finally held it in my hands, I Oooooh’ed and Aaaaw’ed, I opened it’s bag and petted it, and I wanted to play with it right there and then.

The only thing standing between me and a new sock affair was … of course half a sock, hanging limply off the set of needles I needed. Well, only one thing a  knitter can do … put the nose to the grindstone, and get on with it.

So I quickly finished off the last half of a pair of socks made from “At Knit’s end” yarn, in the “Ewe can suck it” colourway – simple things with a 3-1 ribbing:

Ewe can suck it
Ewe can suck it

The only thing new (for me) about this sock was that I decided to try a Fleegle Heel. The ease of knitting is a huge win, as I never quite seem to get the math for a heel flap right. We’ll see how it wears … so far, it’s been good.

Fleegle Heel
Fleegle Heel

So, next up … yay! The new yarn:

Regency socks
Regency socks

Another fairly simple pair, with a mock cable rib pattern. I’m loving the yarn – it’s soft and squishy. A tad splitty, because it’s a single ply, but not too bad. And the colours are just my cup of tea, really.

Since I have two skeins, I’m already scheming what to do with the second one. A cowl maybe?

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The dilemma of pretty handmade socks

Cotton mix socks

It’s quiet on the crafty front here these days. I did finish the socks above, and apart from my ongoing heel issue, they’re fine.

After wearing them for the first time, it looks like the yarn stretches a bit, but that’s alright. I’m curious to see how they’ll behave in/after the washing machine.

Which brings me to a topic I’ve been kicking around my brain for a while.

While I am deeply in love with many handspun, handdyed, and otherwise just fantastic artisan yarns, I have noticed that none of them deal well with being machine washed.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I didn’t know that before I chucked them in. It says on all labels very clearly handwash, dry flat.

But my life really doesn’t play well with hand washing things. There is the time factor, as a FT working person it’s hard enough to fit in some general cleaning/laundry/house-holdey activities without sacrificing all your free time, and hand washing my socks just isn’t in there.

So I’m now looking for alternatives, and I’d love to hear about your favorite, machine-washable sock yarns!

 

 

Cotton socks, sort of

I probably mentioned before that I almost always have a pair of socks on the needles.

This week, it’s cotton socks – well, the yarn has ~40% of cotton, mixed with wool and nylon (for durability, I believe).

Cotton socks 1
Cotton socks 1

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