I was lucky enough to have a very fibery and somewhat relaxing weekend (which is still going on as I’m off today and have to work this coming Saturday) which has delayed the blog post again to today. Sorry about that! Anyway, at one point this weekend I had a spinning wheel, a CSM *and* a drum carder in the car! There wasn’t much room for more fiber equipment so I decided to go home. But seriously, the spin-in Friday night was quite fun (thanks again Marilyn!) and the CSM crank-in on Saturday, while small, was also quite fun and quite helpful. I may get the hang of the sock machine yet!
The highlight of the weekend though was finally being able to give my Mom her Mother’s Day socks in person on Sunday. They were the secret project I’ve been talking about and now I can finally share them with you!
Mother’s Day Socks 2008
Pattern: Socks of Kindness
Yarn: Panda Cotton
Needles: size 1 addi lace
Mods: I inserted the stitch pattern into my usual toe up pattern with a heel flap instead of a short row heel.
I really enjoyed this pattern. It’s fairly easy to memorize despite being 12 rows long and it works well with a variegated yarn like this one. It’s really quite simple and gives a great result. The original pattern includes a short row heel, but I prefer a heel flap. It also is written to be top down, but without even reversing the pattern stitches it works great toe up too.
Going toe up was also necessary because of the short yardage in the Panda Cotton. This time I didn’t have a problem with the two skeins being wildly different lengths as I have in the past, but I wasn’t taking any chances. I didn’t tuck in the end on the first sock until the second was done and a matching length.
And there’s the “proof is in the pudding” shot. We’ve had problems with this yarn stretching pretty badly as well so I made these a bit on the tighter side. I was quite happy to see that they still fit despite the adjustment.
More fibery fun next time!Tags: fun, mom, Socks