Socks for Me!!
Hello my lovely flowers!
(side note: boys can be lovely flowers too. If they want. I’m not leaving anyone out.)
I bring you something shocking on this fine day. I actually knit something for myself! (and it only took more than a year to finish the project :P) I almost overwhelmingly knit gifts, because wool=love in my mind. It’s not that I don’t love myself, it’s just that I don’t really think “Oh man, I just love and appreciate me so much! I should totally knit me something.” Which is often how I get started knitting something for someone else.
Anyway, I started knitting these socks a loooooong time ago, out of the now discontinued Cakewalk Yarns. (We mourn the passing of such lovely yarn. She moved on to bigger and better things, but her yarn shall never be forgotten.) I picked them up recently because I was in between projects and having UFO’s bugs me. Besides, I really wanted these socks! The speckly randomness of them charms me utterly.
Pretty, non? I call them my water lily socks, because to me, the colors evoke a beautiful impressionist painting. The pattern helps with that too, because the purl stitches make the colors seem to subtly swirl together. I love the result! Everyone loves Hermione’s Everyday Socks, and now I know why. I was knitting on these last year during Greg’s graduation in May, but not too long after that I got bogged down in Christmas knitting. I never picked them back up until just recently.
It’s funny to see how much you learn in a year! I realized now that I was knitting the socks at way too loose a gauge, so the fabric isn’t firm and sturdy. I also made the foot too short, so the heels are constantly slouching down 😛 I know a lot more about socks now, since I’ve knit three pairs since I started these. I’ve definitely improved with each one! I’m not going to rip the socks back, but when they get a hole (as they will, swiftly) I’m going to unravel them and reknit them at a better gauge. It seems sad, but it’s actually encouraging to see that I’ve gotten to be a much better sock knitter since I started these! Besides, this yarn is lovely and doesn’t exist anymore, so it deserves a second lease on life.
Grandpa, if you are reading this, STOP RIGHT THERE. I love you lots, but don’t read anymore of this entry. (I am not being mean, I promise.)
Now, on to spinning. Ever since my total failure with the stripey socks (which I still owe you pictures of.) I’ve been thinking about what to knit my grandpa instead. My mom said that he would probably get much more use out of a hat, but hats are easy. I wanted to make it special, so I decided to spin the yarn myself. I knew that what would be the most useful would be a simple hat with reversible ribbing, long enough that the bottom could be folded up for a double layer around the ears. After I decided that, it only remained to find the perfect fiber, which I finally did at the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool fair. Check it out!
I know that it looks pretty normal, but this is 50/50 merino/yak. It’s incredibly soft, and soooooo warm!! For those of you who have never come across yak fiber, it’s actually the downy undercoat of the yak that they shed in the spring. It’s for insulation in the Himalayas, so it’s super warm. It’s also very fine and soft, as is the merino wool it’s blended with. The fibers are both different colors too, which should make a lovely heathered yarn. I’m trying to spin thicker than normal, so we shall see how even it is. I’m going for a worsted/chunky weight for extra coziness in those Colorado winters. That will make a very warm, thick hat! I hope he likes it 🙂