In a few days I’ll be asking you to help us vote for the best interpretation of dragon socks! We’re approaching the final days of the Seadragonus KAL and I thought I’d show you some of the very elegant dragons that are appearing. See this link to go to the page where everyone’s dragons are being posted and where the vote will be held.
I have really enjoyed this KAL. It brings a happy smile to my face to see the socks being knitted, and most enjoyably, to interact with those who are participating. I look forward to more KALs in future! Thanks again to Alice for organising it in the first place!
My own second knit had completely unforseen results:
They became the young boy’s socks! He loves them so much that he has now worn them for approximately 24 hours, and refuses to take them off! Looks like I now have another hand knit sock convert in the household. :-)
The socks also fit me, but they do have more negative ease than my first socks, and I believe this is due to the yarn I used being squishier. It’s the second time I have knitted socks in a squishy yarn that has made the sock turn out smaller than the first pair.
I also finished another design this week, and I’m very pleased to give you a preview:
This is Something Lovely (unless I can think of a different name before I publish it!). It is designed specifically with Zealana yarns in mind – AIR Chunky, KAURI Worsted or HERON Worsted. All three yarns have the same approximate gauge, and all have the same beautiful drape, warmth and softness that is so typical of a good New Zealand possum yarn. Each yarn has slightly different properties. This cowl uses about 380m in all three yarns.
Something Lovely features alternating panels of lace and double moss. I have been craving a cowl that combines both texture and prettiness in a way that can be worn both casually and to work over one’s coat. I am not fond of all over lace in a garment, so this design is my ideal of texture and lace combined. I have broken up the panels so that it is possible to see both stitch patterns at any point of wear.
My first iteration was in AIR Chunky in the Gold colourway (L07):
It is total luxury, with its cashmere, NZ brushtail possum and silk blend, and I love this colour so much!! It is so light that I don’t even notice it around my neck, except for the extremely warm and cuddly feeling that has been keeping me very snug this week! See the beautifully soft haze of the downy fibres used in this yarn, and pretty shimmer!
There were a couple of things I did not like about the design once I had finished it, so I fiddled a bit to come up with the next iteration in KAURI Worsted in Red Waina (K10 colourway):
It is essentially the same, but I shortened it from its original length so that it sat better around the neck, and also changed the lace repeat so that it finished and ended in a satisfyingly balanced way. KAURI is a blend of merino, NZ brushtail possum and silk. It softens incredibly once it is washed, and a beautiful bloom develops. With its wool content, this yarn has a bit more substance than AIR, although it is still a light, warm and soft choice. I am wearing my sweater in this yarn today as we’re having a stormy Spring day and it is rather cold!! But the warmth and softness of the possum is keeping me toasty and comfortable. It is so soft that I can feel the softness and cuddliness even through my merino base layer! KAURI is also a more economical choice than AIR Chunky. I used four and a bit balls of KAURI for this cowl, which I think is quite an approachable amount for a special gift or a treat for yourself!
I haven’t knit this design in HERON, but know it well enough to know it will use the same amount of yarn and come out at the same size. HERON is a blend of merino and possum. Again, it blooms and softens and drapes in a magically lovely way once it is washed, and it would make a very good choice for this cowl as well, using only four balls.
This is some Heron that I have in my stash. You can see it doesn’t look terribly fluffy in the ball, but once knitted and washed, it becomes the same as the sweater I have laid the balls on – my Affection, knitted in Heron. With just merino and possum, it is one of the more traditional possum blends, although I particularly love it because of its single-spun, slightly heathered look – so special!
Something Lovely is a quick knit – I finished the second cowl in only two days. A good choice for Christmas gift knitting!?
The pattern will be released as soon as I can get some nice photos taken by the eldest boy, hopefully by the end of this week.