I found this sock blank an intriguing colour. Very far from my blue-grey-white-lilacs but so very inviting to knit. I long to see the socks (or hat!) that comes from this blank:
It comes with a little sheep progress marker, to mark when you’re halfway the blank 🙂
These handprinted sockblanks are packaged as a milk shake, the Slush Sock Blank:
The makers of StitchFiddle were there:
With StitchFiddle you can make your own charts, both colour and stitch charts. For knitting and embroidery and more. It’s free!
The makers of the program are just the nicest people. She knitted him this vest, using their own program to design the fair isle motives and the letters. There are 14 colours in there and she didn’t even steek! That’s a lot of ends to weave in. The vest looked spectacular, both on the right side and on the wrong side.
I didn’t take any more pictures but here’s an 8 minute vlog by Random Gwen with a nice impression of the fair. You may see a familiar face 😉
On the train home I examine my loot. I bought out of my comfortzone:
Out of my comfortzone with sparkles:
This is how a similar dyed skein is knitting up. Stripey without pooling. That looks promising.
This yarn amazes me. It’s 100% wool yet I’ve been wearing these socks all the time and they do not pill nor wear. In fact, I yanked them out of the cupboard this morning and put them on display in the stand. They look that good.
The yarn is not typically round plied nor is it super soft or super smooth (it is superwash though). It isn’t the soft sock yarn that comes from the UK nowadays and is used by all the indy dyers. But it isn’t scratchy either, the way commercial German sock yarns are (Opal, Regia, the Danish DROPS Fabel)
Yes this is a strange yarn. I was more than willing to scoff at but there just isn’t any reason to. And the socks from it are beautiful. I’ll have another pair please.
Then there’s this lovely gift I got from Random Gwen, author of the Random Knitter Podcast:
Great colours! Supersoft. Sparkles. Smelled of sheep haha! People were looking…
What’s in it? Everything!
And it is bunny approved 😀