Souvenir yarn

We visited Colorful Yarns in Centennial, Colorado when we visited our daughter last month and I bought some souvenir yarn all in fingering weight.

Two hand-dyed in the Denver area and one from Texas.

Knerd String is located in Castle Rock, Colorado.  I loved the greens and purples in the Mr. Greensleeves colorway.  As this is 100% wool, it will become a shawl of some sort.

Andromeda‘s Grumpy Gus is a special colorway created just for the Colorful Yarns shop.  This hank of blues and greens will become socks or a shawl in a yet-to-be-determined pattern.

I had to have the grey and touch of purple Chasing Rabbits Fern yarn in Tarnish hand-dyed in Amarillo, Texas.

I’m a sucker for greys and other neutral colors though I also like color…it just depends on my mood and the project on which I’m working.

Do you buy souvenir yarn, fabric or other things on your travels?

Cornish Cream Tea

The fourth pair of socks in The Handmade Sock Society II, Cornish Cream Tea, are finished and ready to be gifted.  These were done before our vacation but I didn’t have time to post about them.

I’ve enjoyed all of the socks in this series so far and the fifth pattern was released about two weeks ago.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in a tonal color called Thunderhead.  I love all the subtle shades of greys.

For some reason, the number of rows knitted between the end of the gusset and beginning of the toe decreases just wasn’t long enough to fit my foot as with the other three pairs of socks.  Same needle size, same brand and weight of yarn.  Perhaps the pattern down the front of the leg and foot doesn’t stretch as much as the previous ones.

But my SIL will love them!

 

 

THSS II sock 4 progress

I’ve made great progress on the fourth sock in the Handmade Sock Society season 2 series: Cornish Cream Tea socks. I’ve already turned the heel and am knitting the foot of the first sock.

I’m loving all the different shades of grey in Knit Picks Stroll in Thunderhead.

One thing I have learned from knitting all the socks in this series is that I can’t concentrate on the lace patterns AND decrease the heel gusset while listening to an audiobook.  This lace pattern on this sock is easier for me to read from the included chart rather than the written pattern. But the decreases are on the written pattern page and not the chart thus making me flip back and forth between the two.  I forget to do that when listening to a book.  I could remedy that by rewriting the chart but it’s only for 20 rows.

What are you working on this week?