This Friday I have some worsted weight yarn to show. It's not often, that I manage to spin thicker then my usual yarn, which is anything between lace weight and ww yarn. This was lovely to spin, being super wash merino, so soft. It tents to get thick/thin, when I spin this, but this time I just let it go.
I've got 2 skeins from 8oz of sw merino dyed by FatCatKnits (could only get the Etsy link to work right now). Both skeins have a total of ~ 254yds, 2-ply yarn. You can get it in my shop. Keep in mind that this is 8oz, and I believe it should be sold together.
I was going to ply my second half of Ghosts & Gremlins yesterday, but the urge to see what the first finished skein would look like knit up was too strong, so I've cast on a sock.
Since I don't want to waste any of my handspun yarn, I decided to knit the sock toe-up. I used Judy's magic cast on, which for me is the only toe-up cast on I'll ever do. I used to read her blog, and was lucky to read about her magic cast on when she came up with it. I've used it ever since.
Well, that was easily done, but I was not so sure about the toe-up heel. I've never been quite satisfyed with the ones I've used so far. They don't fit my foot very well. I was going through my bookmarked links column, to delete old sites, when I stumbled upon Fleegle's blog post about toe-up No-Flap, No-Hassle sock pattern, which I've marked for just that moment, it seems. I read through the instructions, but could not quite understand what the heel would look like, but I decided to follow her instructions blindly. I could rip it out if it didn't fit any time, but I didn't' have to. It's genius, and it fits well. I could have knit a couple of more rounds before the gusset, but the sock still fits great.
sorry about the bad photo, it's snow/raining today, and it doesn't look like it's getting any lighter any time soon
The patterning on the sock surprised me. Stripes??? I can't remember how I prepared the fiber for spinning, and that's why the second sock will probably look very different - I think. We'll see. The yarn itself is a true 3-ply yarn. I spun one ply undyed white merino, and two plies Ghosts & Gremlins, Falkland. I quite like the look this gives me. The first skein was ~ 192yds. I have size 11 feet, and it looks like there's plenty to finish the sock.
And because you like them, here are some more pictures of the hounds.
Usually Denny snuggles up to Happy, wherever he is, but this time Denny was there first, and Happy had to find a comfortable position.
Not the best spot in the house, but it didn't seem to bother him. (I'm saying that because Denny has been quite gassy lately).
Denny made sure, that if HE's taking a break, so will I, and positioned his chew bone on my treadle. :o) Good thing I had other things to do, or I might have crossed his plans.