"I don't mind being called a ho, so long as it is preceded by the words, sock yarn."
I find that I am enjoying my foray into hand-painted sock yarns perhaps a little too much.
From left to right: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Motherlode, STR in Fairgrounds medium weight, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Gold Hill
I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say that I'm waiting on a couple of hanks of Lorna's Laces shepherd sock in the Georgetown colourway. I have several patterns picked out that should work well with a handpainted yarn. This is one of them. Here is a Flickr Photo of the same pattern knit using Regia.
Nevertheless, it isn't the only thing occupying my ever wayward thinking.
I knit up an earflap/helmet hat for my husband using my handspun.
This handspun from 100% Wensleydale Teeswater sliver dyed by Fleece Artist to be exact, plus some natural coloured Corriedale.
Do you see it?? I knit my own handspun!
Me very proud. Ug.
I used the pattern from Norsk Strikkdesign for the lower part of the shaping, then improvised the shaping for the top of the hat because my yarn was a different gauge. It turned out rather well, but I'm already planning another hat for him. While he loves this hat and is as proud as a peacock [a mutual friend and co-worker of my husbands called to let me know] it is heavy! I owe this to my having made my handspun a three-ply... Navajo plied to be exact. So, I'm going to go for a two-ply next time and use a different fibre...probably merino. All in all, it was a joy to knit my handspun and truly see the improvements I've made in my spinning. It is much more consistent and not over spun.
Once again. Me very proud. Ug.
I'll get a pic of hubby wearing it when I get the opportunity.
Keep On Knitting...
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