life with a chronic disease and a really big yarn stash
Embracing the Sock Blank
Last month I went to the Estes Park Wool Market and scored some great additions for the stash; most intriguing were the sock blanks that I found in the Bonkers Handmade Originals booth. They were single stranded, so suitable for mismatched mitts and socks, or maybe for a little shawl. Hmm… I bought two of them.
I have to be honest here. As soon as I had satisfied my burning curiosity about how the yarn would knit up I stuffed the project into a bag where it languished out of sight for a few weeks.
Then I went up to Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder Colorado three weeks ago to get some more bobbins for my current weaving project and I saw these stacked in a pile of yumminess right by the front door:
I did run into some issues when I got to the heel gussets; I had to use an extra needle (one for each sock heel) to handle all of the stitches during the gusset decreases. Once the stitch number was down to a reasonable number I was able to transfer stitches back to the original needles and finished up with no problems.
Flush with the success of the socks I pulled back out the mitts that I had started with the first sock blank that I got from Bonkers. This blank didn’t have a reversed dye pattern so I just went ahead and made mitts that are complementary but not identical.
I still have two blanks to play with, but as of today I have absolutely no projects on my needles at all; MacKenzie’s WIP basket is empty again. It’s kind of crushing. I have the yarn for three sweaters all lined up, but I’m torn about which one to start on. Should I start the artsy Stephen West Marled Magic sweater that will be very labor intensive, or should I just go for the easy knitting of another drijfhout in a single color? Then there is the crazy colored yarn that I bought for that I See Spring sweater by Joji Locatelli…
Time to start winding yarn. Good thing I am a knitting addict with a lot of needles on hand!
I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.
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11 thoughts on “Embracing the Sock Blank”
MacKenzie looks like an excellent supervisor! Nice work! I’m always impressed!
Thank you. He is the best knitting companion ever. Well, there is a little chomping, but not too bad. 🙂
What great finds you found and picked up. I will be looking for a sock blank next February at STITCHES.
They are fun. Be sure to check if the blank is single or double stranded… I’m looking forward to trying out a double one. I’m planning to use one of the blanks in the Stephen West sweater, so I’m going to wind the yarn into a ball so it can relax.
Your socks and mitts are fantastic!! I am impressed by your willingness to knit kinky yarn. I had a few sock blanks and ended up winding the yarn and letting it sit to unkink.
Why not cast on all three sweaters and knit as the mood strikes you, that is assuming you have loads of needles:)
MacKenzie is an excellent supervisor. I’ll bet it’s time for a cat cookie:)
I wrap the yarn around my index finger for tension (continental knitter here) so the kinks really weren’t much of a problem. One blank (The socks) was much earlier to work with… funny, huh.
I cast on the one color drijfhout this evening, and will start the West sweater soon. One will be for traveling, and one will stay home. I
bet you can guess which is which. 😀
MacKenzie: cookie please!!
Beautiful palette in the mitts
Thank you. It was the wonderful dye job by Bonkers.
I like how you got the socks to match! Pretty.
Thanks! I’m thinking of making matching mitts with the remains of the yarn.