Last year when I was at the Madrona festival, my friend Mel and I split a Blue Moon Sheep to Shoe kit in the Bruiser colorway and had a little sock-a-long. Now, Mel is an amazing spinner and can spin perfect fingering weight sock yarn, so I'm just going to accept our differences and try not to be too humiliated.
So here's Mel's in-progress spinning
See what I mean? Here's her description of what she did to spin it:
I stripped the top lengthwise into three and spun the first one onto bobbin #1. The next section I stripped lengthwise into two, and spun those two lengths onto bobbin #2. The last section I stripped lenthwise into four and spun those onto bobbin #3. Then I plied from the three bobbins, and voila, Bruiser three ply.
I just left it as it was and Navajo plied.
Here's Mel's completed skein:
And mine, which is almost sport weight:
We decided to use the same pattern, a basic 3x1 rib. She used 2.25mm (1US) needles and 68 stitches, I used 2.75mm(2US) and 72 stitches. We got to compare at Madrona this year!
Mine are floppy soft and fuzzy, Mel's are more like real sock yarn socks - soft but definitely much sturdier. Mine probably won't last more than a couple of seasons, Mel will have her momento forever.
This is what I knit as my New Year's sweater:
It's an out-of-print pattern by Michelle Wyman called Casual Cables. I knit it out of Berocco Ultra Alpaca, which was wonderful to work with but is very pilly as a sweater.
Anyway, this was the first time I started a new sweater on NYD and I think I will keep up this tradition! It made me want to wrap up a few projects at year end, though I was in the middle of Flyindales and I have yet to get back to it.
Here are a couple of other projects I've completed recently - already with supplies I brought home from Madrona this year!
Socks That Rock in colorway Treehugger:
~2 oz of 50/50 cashmere/silk:
There's a shawl that's been completed, too, but right now it's pretty raisiny and needs blocking.
It's looking like spring is finally here! The grass is green and the trees are starting to wake up!