It's that time of year again when I can't step out the door without getting microscopic pieces of spikey pollen in my eyes. Since I wear contacts, this event causes much pain and many tears. I can't see a foot in front of me with glasses, so I just have to tough it out - the pollen is the obvious price paid for all the beautiful flowers. In addition, every outdoor surface is yellow, and no rain is predicted until at least Saturday, and only a 40% chance then. It's going to take a real frog drowner to clear this stuff!
But my time inside has been profitably spent. I have a finish!
"Mulberry Twisted Drop Stitch Shawl" from the Colinette "Arboritum" booklet. It uses two yarns, one a silk (Tao) and the other kid mohair with a little polyamide (Parisienne.) I was hoping for a more artsy effect here, but it's a rather hazy (see pollen complaint above) partly cloudy day and this is the best I could do. Maybe a closeup will help.
Yeah, that's a little better, although the overall effect is more a light green with less noticeable red. It's soft and light, and will be fairly warm, not that I need it now with temps in the 80's. I'll block it and tuck it safely away for fall, which should show up sometime around the beginning to middle of December, if last year is any indicator.
After working for weeks on the shawl, it seemed time for a quick project, so I turned to, what else, socks.
This is the Tofutsies I picked up a few weeks ago. I like how soft it is, and haven't noticed any breaks or knots (yet.) I am having a little dilemma with it though. Usually, my socks are made on size 1's with 60 stitches. For a while, I've been thinking that they would be better on 0's, so when the pattern called for 64, that's what I chose. Only now, the fabric I'm creating seems even looser than when I use 1's. What's up with that? It's a simple K3, P5 variation, so there's no funky pattern stitches. I do not want to go down to 00's (not that I have that size anyway - and FSM forbid that I have to go to the LYS. We all know where that leads!) If you've used Tofutsies, did you notice a variation on your usual sock yarn gauge? I'm going to keep knitting. After all, if it doesn't work out, it's just socks. I can always start over - even if it means the LYS.
Now, how about some flower pictures?
Definitely worth the ouch.