This is the Crosshatch Lace pattern from the second sensational socks book (try saying that ten times fast). I really heart that book by the way. The yarn is Lisa Souza Sock! Merino yarn in the Gendarme color way. When I first started, I increased the toe to 64 stitches, did a couple of rows before I tried it on. #1, it was too big and #2, it was pooling something awful. Normally, I’m a fan of pooling, but I like a pool that more or less sweeps to the side and zigzags and all that good stuff. This pool was just vertical globs of color (yuck). So I ripped (yeah you read that right, I frogged) it back to 60 stitches and just flipped through the book until I found a pattern that I liked and would work for my stitch count. Did I mention that I really heart this book? To make a long story short, now I have a pool that kinda looks like stripes, now how cool is that? I’m usually a gusset gal but I didn’t want to mess with the pool action on the instep so I opted for a short row heel. I have to make another road trip this weekend so hopefully I can finish it during the 4 hour ride and I’ll be halfway to two pairs of socks.
Not only did she send about 6 ounces of wool, but she also sent me some of her Mango beeswax lip balm and some handmade soap from her shop. The soap filled the whole package with the most wonderful aroma. Can you imagine the aromatherapy effects once I get to spinning this wool. All I can say is Thanks Maggie and I will definitely will be ordering some more soap from you guys.
Like I said before I didn’t get much time to spin this week. I made a learn to spin kit as a door prize for my meetups’ Knit In Public day event but of course I forgot to take a picture of it. I hand painted the spindle and it looks something like this one but not quite.
I should have a couple more spinning kits available in the shop by the end of next week so stay tuned. I would appreciate it if someone (read: Tawanna or Allena) could take a picture of it tomorrow and send it me. I’ll owe you one. I did manage to spin a little though. After reading Abby’s post on plying and getting this book, I can’t wait to try out these techniques. I had some of Abby’s luxury batts in my stash so I kinda eyeballed it and split the whole thing into thirds. I want to ply my first three-ply yarn so I’m trying to spin my singles really thin. I don’t have any plans for the finish yarn but I’m mainly spinning this to practice spinning evenly and plying. My only problem is lack of bobbins. I need like 20 more but I can’t justify the purchase right now. It just aint in the budget so I have to find another way to accomplish my goal. I spun the first bobbin, let it sit for a coupla days, then wound it into a center pull ball. I slid the single right off the ball winder and onto a knitting needle so I can set it up in my makeshift lazy kate seen here.(My Fiber Basket)
Now I can still use my original bobbin to spin the other two singles. I think I’ll just slide them all on the needle side by side and ply them that way. I am so anxious to see how this comes out so of course I’ll keep you guys posted.
Well that’s it for now kiddies, I need to go pack. By the way, if you’re on ravelry…lets be friends!