Thursday, November 13, 2008

This is what I call a productive meeting...

I spent a great deal of the week sitting in on meetings. The good thing is that, since I wasn’t an active participant, I was able to spend the time knitting. Here’s what I got done:

Now, I did have 1 of the striped socks already done but I knitted the second one during the meetings and I finished the second purple one tonight. That’s more than a pair of socks in 3 days of meetings. I like that. That’s the way every meeting should be, don’t you think!

The purple socks are Knit Picks Gloss in the Cosmos colorway which is 70% wool and 30% silk. They’re just my basic sock recipe but that’s what I was working for. I just want some basic socks for everyday wear. I made a pair out of Gloss in black last year and it’s a yarn that definitely gets softer with wear and washing. I was amazed, though, that, even though I made the cuff longer than I normally do, I was still able to make the whole pair out of 1skein of yarn. I probably had about 20 yards left over but I certainly didn’t skimp. That’s not bad to have a pair of handmade wool and silk socks for $3.99.

The striped socks are made out of, as best as I can remember, a Brown Sheep sock yarn. I can’t remember exactly because I bought 3 skeins of different sock yarn at the Sticks and Stones over in Jacksonville and I’ve lost the tag. But I think that’s what it was. I really liked it because it was more subdued colors but I’m not sure I really like the colors now that they’re worked up. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I need to do some dying so I’m thinking I may overdye it with a blue dye but I’m not sure yet. I may try to live with them a bit and see if they grow on me. The one thing I did like, however, was the way the yarn looked on the slip stitch heel. Have a look and see what you think.

Now I wish I had made the whole socks like this. I would have had enough yarn and I really like the almost Fair Isle look of them. Live and learn, my friends. Live and learn.

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