It’s been a full week since I’ve posted. I think I just needed the time to recover from the Blog Week posts.
I received the Neighborhood Fiber Co yarn I posted about, and for which I broke my ‘yarn diet’ after a really short time. It is amazingly beautiful, and totally worth it.
I also picked up some more of the KA mini crochet hooks and a Clover yarn snipper for the notions bag. I’ve also made some slightly larger stitch markers, so that’s it for the general bag building. I’m sure I’ll be getting more as needed for particular projects
I’ve really appreciated the Blog Week comments. I did read the survey results, but didn’t really conclude anything from them – I guess the tool is only as good as the user… The point is, you’ve all said some very nice things, and I think I must have gotten a bit cocky, because I messed up the socks a bit.
The Sock Story
I had been knitting from two balls of the blue. When it came time to add the white I used a single ball (the leftover white from the Vexing Socks), and I knit from both the center and the outer edge of the ball. It worked well enough.
I did end up switching to a larger needle in the middle of the windows, because, well, my calves do thicken up substantially. I don’t think it’s an aesthetic issue, and it will definitely help the fit.
Then, when I got to the black and white portion, I decided that trying to knit from both ends of two balls of yarn would be too much to keep track of. So I tried cutting a shorter piece of each color, and using one ball and one single strand for each sock. That, too, was too much to keep track of.
If you look closely you can see that I used the same piece of black yarn to knit both socks. Nope, not the plan. So I tinked one sock back, and went to my notions store to find a better solution than yarn butterflies (which I can never tie well, they become a confused jumble – hence the confused socks…)
I ended up finding a couple of funny old yarn bobbins. I think I’ve figured out how this style is supposed to work.
Hopefully it’ll all be more straightforward from here on out.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
Another Plutonium Muffins giveaway – this one is for really cute stitch markers (31 May).