In honor of my 100th blog post on Heather Knits, I promised in the last post to send some sock yarn to the 400th commenter but I changed my mind. I want to hear about your favorite socks instead. Interpret that how you will, and I’ll pick a winner, completely subjectively. You have till Thursday at 6pm to leave a comment. I would show you the yarn but I haven’t quite figured that part out yet! You’ll just have to trust me on that one.
Here are some more photos of the Anatolian socks that I found – the first set is actually slippers, and I am going to try to copy them at some point, because the construction seems fairly simple.
This pair won’t fit me, but I’ll probably hang them up somewhere. I love the colors and the different motifs. Here’s a bottom-of-the-heel view as well.
And the large socks that do fit me – flat and an on-the-foot view. These – well, I am not so much about the hot pink, but I do like the classic construction and the fact that the knitter didn’t seem to care about changing colors midway through a motif or about making it symmetrical. Also, did I read somewhere that they didn’t tend to sew in ends on these babies? You can see a loop at the toe where it was tied off.
Last week I was working on my first attempt at toe-up, two-at-a-time, magic-loop, increase-gusset socks. This little bit alone probably took me most of an hour! They have been zooming along since then, and are looking much more like socks, although someone at SnB last week thought maybe it was going to be a brassiere???
At long last, I have finished Jaywalkers to model! Although I think I did something funky with gauge or needles on these socks too (oops), since one seems a bit tighter than the other, I DON’T CARE because I love them!
Last week was pretty eventful, because my Louet Victoria also arrived! I meant to wait a while, but I was taken in by the marketing ploy of “OH NOES THE PRICES ARE ALL GOING UP!” Which is a practical concern, I think – all the wheels in the next shipment will cost at least $100 more. So I took the plunge, which I’ve been putting off since October when I decided I wanted to spin for real. I had it shipped to K’s place and she brought it to our spinning guild meeting, so I had an audience of 15 when I opened it. Man, those oohs! and aahs! were really satisfying!
I’ve spun one spool of grey alpaca top that I think is lacking on the twist… And then I worked with some grey wool roving dyed with teal, which seems to be going well. I’ve been converted to the 5% nation of predrafting your wool.
Consistency will take a lot of work, but I am enjoying the process and I’m not too concerned about imperfections at this stage.
On the spinning tip, one of our guild members forwarded this YouTube link. I tend to ignore any and all YouTube links on blogs, since, well, even at home I am usually using my work laptop and I don’t want to click if I don’t know what it is. But this link is worth the click. It is an 8+ minute black and white film with a music soundtrack, no narrative, about charkha spinning in India. I heard that there is someone in our area who teaches this technique, so maybe one day I’ll get to try it.
It appears that WordPress won’t let me embed the film, so click here to watch.
Oh – I just remembered – one more thing on the sock front! If you sign up for the Knitting Daily newsletter, you can download for free Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ gorgeous Caspian Sea Socks!