Pattern: Winging Worsted Weight Socks with a 48 stitch cuff, 42 stitch foot. Small scale gansey type patterning on cuff.
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish, a worsted weight superwash wool
Color: Red pepper
Needles: #3 double points
Gauge: About 6 stitches/inch. Haven't measured accurately yet.
Inspriation: I'm auditioning this yarn for a gansey sweater. With this simple pair of socks I can check out the color, the gauge, the stitch definition, and how it feels while being knit. Most important, especially with superwash yarn, how does it look after being worn and washed multiple times?
Verdict so far: Passes. The stitch definition is acceptable and it's not hurting my hands to knit it at a tight gauge on #3 needles.
It was a bit of a surprise to run out of yarn. Currently both socks are almost knit to the toe and stored with a dangling end of yarn sticking out while I wait for a third skein of Swish.
Of course I had to order a few other things in order to get free shipping, mostly smaller size Options needles to try. Will report the ordered loot after the box arrives. Will show you the socks when they're done. And, will report on Swish durability when the socks have been worn a few times.
Pattern: Rainbow Ripple by Linda Dziubala
Yarn: Opal sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon
Color: Petticoat 1291
Needles: Addi Turbo #1
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch
Inspiration: Dog trainer Gail has a birthday a week from today and I want to surprise her with these socks on Thursday, our last doggy school class of the week.
She asked for something comparable to the socks I've already given her, Opal Lollipop 1010 and blue Opal Magic
She wears the colors in these socks, so I'm confident about the yarn. The stitch pattern is fancier than her other, plain ribbing, gift socks. Hope she likes it.
Blue Saturday Sky
Yes, I know it's Sunday. This sky picture was taken on Saturday. It's only the posting that's a day late.
Blue sky yesterday. Blue sky again today. The word "snow" does not appear in the five day forecast.
SW Michiganders have switched their weather groans about cold, ice, and snow to the anticipated mud. I'm so glad it's thawing I can't bring myself to complain about the mud - yet.