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Yarn Along – 11/30/16

November 30, 2016

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

It’s been some lovely fiber times around here. I spun up some sock yarn from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is a blend of 55% superwash merino, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 5% Tussah Silk. I got a heavy fingering 3-ply.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I immediately cast on some more socks for my husband. He is extremely knit-worthy and appreciative and doesn’t have nearly enough handmade socks.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I am using my usual toe-up sock recipe with an afterthought heel. The texture is the waffle weave from the Blueberry Waffle Sock pattern.

As for reading, I am partway into a new audio book: The Chemistry of Tears, by Peter Carey.

I am not sure how I feel about it. The readers are excellent, and the story is compelling: After a tragic loss,  museum curator, Catherine, becomes enthralled with the story of a museum piece she is restoring. But the characters and not entirely likable, which generally gives me a problem. I am REALLY hoping they redeem themselves or I fear this will be a terrible waste of a good story. Holding out hope!

It’s British, so I am plunging forward! Wishing you happy reading and knitting!

So happy to be back joining Ginny in the Yarn Along!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2016 2:17 pm

    gorgeous yarn!!! I love that tweedy look 🙂

  2. November 30, 2016 3:50 pm

    Oh, how I adore your yarn!!! And those textured socks will be beautiful 🙂 I’m still a little afraid of socks for some reason. But after two pair of mittens I should probably collect my courage and jump in 😉 What pattern would you recommend for an absolut beginner of sock knitting? Are you knitting two on one circular needle???

    • November 30, 2016 4:12 pm

      Thank you! If you can do mittens, you can do socks! I suggest Susan B. Anderson’s Smooth Operator Socks. Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smooth-operator-socks

      I haven’t knit the pattern myself, but I’ve heard amazing things about how great the instruction is. I prefer the afterthought heel. It is the easiest by far and that’s what she includes in her pattern. I knit my socks toe up, each sock on two 16″ circulars. I have tried many different ways and this is my favorite. I also cast on both sock at the same time and knit a few inches on each one, back and forth. I find it much faster, plus the socks seem to match better.

      Best of luck on your sock adventure! I recommend you swatch – it really helps get the right size!

  3. December 1, 2016 11:11 pm

    I LOVE your yarn and the textured socks look so cozy! I keep meaning to give socks a try and life gets in the way (or other projects). Thank you for the suggestion for the Smooth Operator socks. I think I may give them a try when my Christmas knitting is done.

    • December 2, 2016 9:09 am

      Thanks, Sarah! It does take some mental space when you first try socks, but now they just fly for me. Worth the investment when you can find a pocket of time to start!

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