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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.
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.
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: