Chapter 1. FO
I finished my Bamboo socks for myself recently. They were my second socks ever, and I felt like the pattern was challenging for a newbie, but still easy enough to figure out. I learned how to read charts (I didn’t come to think that you read them as you would knit – from right to left, bottom to top) and I learned to do the Dutch heel.
The yarn I used is Estonian Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2; I got it as a gift from Obiskus about a year ago. The hank was huge and I barely used about 20% of the ball! The color doesn’t change very often, as you can see: the first sock has pink and dark purple, while the second begins with the dark purple and continues in light purple. Those are the three colors of the yarn. Beautiful, and I like the asymmetry in the socks, as they still have one color in common. But if I wanted something not-so-funny, I would probably use this yarn for a scarf, perhaps.
I also learned that the sock should feel tight at first, if you want it to fit perfectly over time. I thought mine fit perfectly, but they’re already looser, and for some reason the pink ankle is much looser than the other ankle. Go figure. But since I usually wear at least two pairs of woolly socks in the winter on top of each other, mostly three pairs, I need to have socks in all sizes. Fitting underneath and bigger on the top. Now I just have to knit some prettier, bigger socks to be worn on the top, so I can ditch my old, ugly socks!
Chapter 2. Arranging the stash
Yesterday I felt energetic enough to clean my apartment, and while I was in full swing, I assembled two cardboard boxes that I’d got from my mum and put all my yarn in them. The boxes are quite pretty:
But I didn’t want to hide all my yarn, so I put the prettiest ones on display in the wicker basket that was also from my mum. Some yarn is also hidden inside the white leather stool – I love the idea! It’s actually also from mum, she bought it specially for putting my yarn in it. She has really nice ideas for storing things. Now I feel good about rummaging through my yarn, because the bags were quite of unwieldy.
Chapter 3. New projects ahoy
I had a momentary panic when I finished my Bamboo socks. I had finished all my knits for xmas and hadn’t planned new projects in the hurry. It feels terrible to have no project to knit! Thankfully I got some ideas to knit more for mum and UncleEnsio and my cousin Satu (she has absolutely no internet presence whatsoever, believe it or not!).
Here are Petäjä socks for Ensio, I’m still knitting the first sock:
The pattern is ridiculously easy after the Bamboo socks, so I knitted a French heel this time. It’s supposed to be rounder than the Dutch heel, and maybe it is. The yarn is Novita 7 Veljestä Jättiraita and the needles are 2mm, so the sock feels very stiff and sturdy, just like Ensio wanted.
Since I gave the Heelhead scarf in Novita 7 Veljestä Jättiraita for mum for xmas, I suggested I make her mittens too from the same yarn, since there was still some left. I’m still knitting the first one:
Mum really liked her scarf and the yarn colors and she’s gotten compliments for it. It’s great, because I’m never exactly sure of her taste.
Since I had two skeins of Novita Puro Revontulet, I thought I would make matching mittens for my Northern Lights scarf:
The dye lot isn’t the same, but that’s fine. This yarn is lovely to knit and the colors are beautiful, but they pool so that it’s really difficult to knit something that truly matches the yarn’s potential.
Chapter 4. New yarn!
Moreover, I got some new yarn on xmas. Here they are:
4 humongous hanks in 4 colors of Tekstiiliteollisuus Huopalanka, it’s DK yarn meant for felting.
And 3 skeins of Sublime Luxurious Woolly Merino in 3 colors:
And 3 skeins of Schoeller + Stahl Elfin color in 2 colors, a mohair yarn:
And 4 skeins of Sandnesgarn Fritidsgarn in 2 colors:
I also bought some yarn myself. Ensio got excited about the orange Fritidsgarn and thought that an orange pullover would be cool. But the problem is, Fritidsgarn is quite bulky and coarse and meant for felting. I wanted a thinner yarn so the sweater wouldn’t be too warm, and it would have to be soft on the skin, and wear well. I bought one skein of Gjestal Maija in dark orange but didn’t like it, then I bought Cascade Yarns 220 wool:
But it’s actually in coral, not orange, so that didn’t work either. I’m going to make socks for myself from this yarn because it’s a lovely color and could show some interesting pattern very well.
But on a second visit to Lankaliike Aili Jokinen, a very old LYS in Tampere, they had gotten new yarn and Step Classic by Austermann in orange turned out to be the perfect color.
Moreover, it has 25% Nylon and Jojoba oil, so it should be very soft to wear. The sales lady also noticed my beanie made from Teetee Pallas and showed it to the owner. Good service. She also suggested I have to make mittens from the same yarn, but I didn’t cave in. I have to knit my existing stash first. Well, some of it at least.
I also thought I would use my Novita Isoveli Colori skein for making socks for my cousin for next xmas. Yes, I’m already thinking of knitting presents for next xmas, because I didn’t like being in a hurry the last time. I also consider knitting her a scarf from King Cole’s Mirage.
Chapter 5. Afterword
OMG I’m so excited about my new yarn, new projects and new project ideas!