Hi folks! 😀
I am so sorry for the long absence, but I have so much to do right now … I am working hard for my dissertation, and so I spent most of the last week at my desk, reading texts, making notes … On Friday, I had a meeting with my professor to clarify some things and since then, I have increased my efforts even more. This morning, I finished another text I had started last night and then took the rest of the day off.
Now, on to the socks …
If you have read my “Flash you Stash!” post here, you will remember that I said I love everything that I have. Everything? Well … Almost everything. The yarn above is from a German discounter which has spread around the world: AL*I. Every once in a while, you can buy sock wool from them and they come in packages of 200 grams with two colours and a pair of 20cm metal knitting needles.
I bought this package about three years ago – I had just started knitting and thought it was great to get sock yarn at such a low price. The navy blue yarn was knit up into a pair of socks which, as I am sorry to say, developed holes very quickly … but maybe it was just me. I was a very new knitter back then.
I thought about tossing the greenish-blueish yarn a couple of times or gifting it, but really couldn’t bring myself to ask somebody else to deal with something I didn’t like. 😉 So I kept it …
… And decided to knit it up. After all, I want to use some of my stash – and the sooner I knit with that yarn, the sooner it’ll be gone! (Applause!) Since I wasn’t too fond of the colours (more blueish stuff …), I picked Edda Fokens “Kon Tiki” pattern. It’s a nice mixture of all-purl rows and ribbing and stockinette and so I cast on and got going.
Since the disastrous failure with mum’s socks, I was a bit worried that my usual number of 60 sts for a sock might be too big again … But it turned out to be just fine. The only problem were the purl rows – I don’t know why, but I still get ladders whenever I have to purl in the round. I asked my gran, but since she never had that problem, she couldn’t give any advice. I have tried to purl the first stitch on every needle “backwards” (that makes the ladders bigger) and I have made every first stitch quite tight … Maybe that’s just the problem.
These took quite some time, since I wasn’t very enthusiastic about them – but, as always, everything comes to an end, and so I could cast off last week. And yes – I was debating whether I should just frog everything and toss the yarn. But then – why?
I only hope now that the socks will last. Because otherwise I’ll be seriously pissed.
So, what now? Well … Let’s just say that you’ll be seeing more of this again in the future:
Because it seems that I still can’t get enough of knitting lace.
I wish you all a very successful Monday and a great Sunday evening, friends! Take care!
P.S.: Since Christmas is over, Philipp has been making a point of wearing my socks and has been making frequent comments about how comfortable they are and how warm … What do you think he’s hinting at?