This week was a lot about socks, although I did work a bit on a few other things. I have one FO (the Roses of Avon shawl I’ve been working on) but I will share that on Friday.
I have three pairs of socks on the go right now, all in various stages of first sock. (Shown below left to right)
- A pair of DK-weight vanilla socks. I’m sort of using The Crazy Sock Lady’s pattern by the same name, but using sportweight (a heavy sportweight, Work Sport Sock from Madeline Tosh) and adding contrast toes, cuffs and some stripes.
- The Bevy Socks, design by Miriam Felton. I needed a pattern that had a bubble-like pattern on it and I think the cuff on these fits that prompt perfectly. I’m using a skein of Classic Sock from Spun Right Round in the Float on By colorway, which fits my summer mood right now with those fun, light (but not too bright) colors.
- I also just started a pair of River Rapids socks this weekend; pattern is a freebie by Sockbug. These are for the 2-week The Woolly Thistle Sock Sprint that began on the 15th. I cast these on July 16th but they are zooming along. I’m using a new-to-me yarn that I have completely fallen in love with: Yarnadelic from John Arbon Textiles. This is a non-superwash yarn (without nylon), that’s 100% Corriedale from the Falklands. It’s a bit softer and sleeker than the Corriedale I’ve worked with in the past in handspun or other commercial yarns and it is LOVELY. The yarn is a very subtle heather in the most beautiful shade of blue (colorway is Woman in Blue) and I may have ordered myself another skein in a pomegranate color for some fall themed socks.
Otherwise, I’ve been spinning my 15 (or more) minutes a day for the Tour de Fleece. Happy to report that I have finished up the third color in the 4-color gradient pack of mixed BFL roving I’ve been spinning. Just one final 2-oz batch (in a beautiful ruby red) left to go.
And finally, a bit of progress on Desert Mandala. I didn’t quite get this “nature corner” finished, but it’s close – just the second feather to finish up. The cacti, flowering bushes, the beetle and the scorpion are all done. My hope is to finish the feather up this week and then finish up the motif in the lower right corner that I’ve started, and put in the beginnings of the center bottom landscape vignette.
Have a great week YOP’ers!