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Thursday, March 16, 2006

This is where socks come from

Yesterday I got a lot of little things done, and nothing really noticeable of knitting done, so I'll distract you with some stash enhancement. This is 8 ounces each (enough for approximately 2 pairs of socks each) of rovings from Linden Lane Farm. They are both Romney/ Mohair (70/30 respectively) which is a great mix for socks. Romney is a medium wool and generally is fairly soft but also strong (there is a range within the breed for fleece that's next to the skin soft with a fine crimp all the way to a really open crimp that's pretty coarse - it varies from sheep to sheep). Mohair adds strength. You may have noticed that most commercial sock yarns blend in a little nylon for strength, well mohair does the same thing, but it doesn't make the finished item washable like the nylon can. This isn't a problem for me since I have gone to handwashing all my hand knit socks because they will wear longer that way. Anyway, back to the rovings, on the left is "Manhatten" and on the right is "San Clemente." Linden Lane is where I got the Harvest roving that I spun for the socks from yesterday's post (and Caleb's socks, done a couple of weeks ago), and I just love the way her rovings spin up. They are very well prepared with minimal VM and the colors come together really nicely.

So, what did I do yesterday? Well, on the Harvest Socks, I'm past the Heel and the Gusset. I have 24 more rounds until I start toe shaping and I plan to finish this pair today. I frogged the Lace Cardi I discussed yesterday. I appreciate all the encouragement everyone gave in the comments, I just know that I wouldn't have worn the cardi. Also, as I was knitting it, I kept making mistakes and having to tink. I could just have seen getting finished with it and finding mistakes I didn't catch, so I think frogging it and going for the hat and scarf set is probably the best choice for me. I also made 5 dozen cookies for Caleb's St. Patrick's Day party at school today. I ate way too much cookie dough while I was doing it too!


Anonymous Kelly said...

The rovings are beautiful what beautiful socks they will make!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

Coveting those gorgeous colors! Lucky!!!

3:43 PM  
Blogger aija said...

Gorgeous rovings!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Love the harvest socks. You are an enabler. I went and ordered some of their roving. I so want to spin thin enough to make a 2-ply sock yarn. How do you do it?

5:59 AM  

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