I’ve had my nose buried in a secret test knitting project for the past week. It’s one of those charted projects that you need to concentrate on, and so for a bit of light relief, I have also started on a couple of socks…
We have another Antarctic blast about to hit, and my feet are saying “Warm socks, NOW!!!!”
This is Hedgerow, a free pattern by Jane Cochran. Like a few others who have knitted this pattern, I misread the instructions somehow (goodness knows how, as the instructions clearly say rows 1 and 2… and then rows 3 and 4…!). I ended up putting seed stitch between the ribs, not moss (or as some know it, double moss). Never mind, it still looks good, so that’s all that matters.
The yarn is exquisite and enchanting. It’s Fibre Alive’s Awesome Alpaca sock yarn, in the Scottish Moors colourway. You can see in the photo just how soft it is. It’s just wonderful to knit, and the colours are enchanting – they make me happy just looking at them!! Most relevantly at the moment, the yarn is super warm, with a 60% New Zealand alpaca content. Toasty toes coming up!
Sometimes I feel that yarn is too pretty to knit, and then it has to be savoured in the stash for a while. Other times, I feel that a yarn is so pretty that it must be knit, right now, and this is certainly the case with this yarn – I only got it this weekend at the Social Wool Fair!
Of course, I believe that good things must come in pairs, and so I have also cast on this pair for my older son:
This yarn has sat in my stash for far too long. Why on earth have I not knit it sooner? It’s the John Q Earth Wear possum sock blend yarn (85% recycled possum, 15% nylon). The recycled possum is pre-consumer possum yarn that is essentially ‘factory waste’, so this is a good opportunity to make use of a perfectly good product that would otherwise truly go to waste.
It makes a very squishy, delightfully warm sock. Good thing I have another ball stashed away, as I want a pair for myself! In fact, I have a terrible desire to hop in the car and run to the yarn store to stock up on this yarn, as it is so lovely that I am now worried about what would might happen if they stop selling it before I go to get more!???
Ah, the worries of a knitter, eh?