I’m still practicing my Irish cottage knitting. So far, my biggest problem is figuring out how to hold the yarn for the right tension. If I find a way that works for knit stitches, it’s too loose for purls. If it’s good for purls and knits, I can’t work very fast. But I’m still trying and when I get it down, there will be tutorials!
It wasn’t until I was about 8 inches into my “practice swatch” that I realized that this is a good opportunity to make myself a scarf. I searched my stash for some yummy worsted weight… only to find that I don’t have any. Well, I have yummy worsted. But not enough to make a scarf. (I take that back. I just realized that I have some wool that was hand-dyed in New Mexico that would have been great, but isn’t stored in the stash right now so I had forgotten about it. Hm, hopefully the husband who I dragged to two yarn stores, saying that I had no yarn, will not read this!) So we went to the yarn shop during some errands and then to the second yarn shop when the first didn’t have anything that jumped into my hands that was also in my price range. I am not making an $80 scarf, Alchemy Yarns, no matter how soft and shiny and utterly gorgeous you are! At the second yarn shop, I got two balls of Mochi Plus, in Neptune Rainbow. I almost ended up buying needles too, since this new technique seems to be easier to learn on straights than DPNs at least at the beginning. But Mochi Plus luckily needs one of my three pairs of straights. So far I’m liking the yarn very much. Pretty colors, nice gradation, and easy to work with. Oh, and SOFT. I can’t wait to try the sock yarn version!
So, scarf on the needles, socks also underway. (To be honest, I have many socks underway. But no one needs to be that honest.) I have been working on a pair of socks for Lowell; the poor man hadn’t gotten any socks yet! After I found the perfect yarn (which took a while!), I couldn’t come up with the right pattern. These seem to be going over well, though. I finished the first sock last week and am making the second sock in record time, since Lowell has been walking around with a sock on one foot and a felted slipper on the other for the last few days. I haven’t decided yet if these socks will be submitted for publishing anywhere yet, so no pictures until I make up my mind. I’m leaning towards publishing them on the blog though. Will keep you posted.