No More Sock Experiments; and, Fabulous Felting Fiber
No, that doesn't mean I won't knit any more socks. I just consider them to be out of the experimental phase, now that I've knit a pair I'm very happy with (SE4).
Lolly has declared a Socktoberfest 2005 knitalong, and I've signed up to be part of it. I have yarns in the house for about 4 or 5 pairs of socks, and I've been meaning to get a non-secret project on the needles anyhow, so this seemed like a good choice.
My current favorite pair of socks was actually knitted by my mother from Lion Brand MicroSpun, and boy, are they they softest, most comfortable things ever! I was delighted a few weeks ago when I found A.C.Moore carrying the stuff, and picked up a few skeins. Of course, I have to swatch, since this is a different yarn than I've socked with before.
Lavender Micro-Spun Swatch
I'm getting 15 stitches in 2 inches using size 2 needles (the package recommends size 4, and I think my mom said she used 8's, but I want a tighter knit). With size 2's, I'm getting easy knitting, and a dense but still soft fabric with more stretch sideways than lengthwise. I think this will do just fine.
I'll be using Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet again, of course. With a different gauge than before, I'll be working a different stitch count of the pattern than with the Sockotta yarn. (I'd say different size, but when you use gauge and foot measurements to decide how many stitches you use, it's not really "sizes" you're knitting, is it?) I may choose to do a toe-up sock, though - that way, I can see just how far the leg can go before I run out of yarn.
Since I can't rightly call these sock experiments anymore, I'll have to come up with a different abbreviation. SC (Sock Creation)? FE (Foot Enhancers)? Any suggestions? Or am I being silly changing the name - after all, isn't everything we do in life an experiment? Hmm.
In other fiber news, there was enhancement of the needle-felting stash last night. One of the Craft Goddesses who had followed along the needle-felting path after me decided that A) she wasn't really interested in needlefelting as much as focusing on her beadwork (she's the other former bead store owner in our craft circle), and B) her cats were displaying far more interesting in her needlefelting supplies than she was, and it was becoming a messy hazard. So she brought the whole pile along to give away.
I somehow found it in my heart to give these poor orphaned fibers a good home.
I've never had any of the curly stuff before - and I've wanted to do a wall hanging some day, too. Maybe I'll get back to the needlefelting a bit, after all...hmmmm.......