All went well.
The outré socks are finished:
And Ketki’s Van Gogh socks have been cast on. My hands have got used to Knit Pics over all these weeks – even ribbing now seems to speed forward. I’ll lay it aside with some reluctance.
Here's a very hasty snap of the Sky Scarf, minus today's uniform grey stripe.
Revisiting the Sailors’ Society I find that they specify DK if you insist on using your own yarn for a hat – and will send something called “Feel Good Yarn” if you ask for one of their kits. So I guess Debbie Bliss “Maya” is out. I have put it out for donation. I think I started something with it once – the “February Lady Sweater”, I believe – and found it rather garish, although beautiful in the skein.
For the hat, I have switched my plans to Paton’s “Tapestry” of which I have a couple of balls, and will get started today. They don’t want a folded-up brim. They don’t want garter stitch (as in the Stahman hat). I might as well do as they ask, except for knitting it in the round. It should be very quick.
And I explored the Unknit Sock collection yesterday, with happier results than I expected. I must have had a purge sometime recently which I have forgotten about. There remain 12 pairs of Unknit Socks – not counting Ketki’s, which are now Being Knit. Some of them are suitable for gents. Twelve pairs of socks could be finished within a year. Kristie gave me a 100 gr ball called “Crazy Zauberball” when we met last summer. That’s one of the 12, and is going to be a pair for myself.
I remain grateful for yesterday’s tips about sock yarns suitable for gents but not too boring, and will save them in my electronic Filofax. I can suggest, from my own recent experience, Regia’s KF Random Stripes in “Anthracite”. I wouldn’t mind doing them again. And a couple of years ago I knit a pair for Granddaughter Hellie’s boyfriend Matt in Artist’s Palette Smoothie Sock Yarn in a very gentlemanly colour. I bought the yarn from the market that day in
when I had a class with Alice Starmore: I have forgotten who organised it. London
But when I follow that link myself now, they have no Smoothie in a remotely suitable shade. Nor have I heard from Matt how the socks have worn. If all goes according to plan, he will be with us again on the shores of Loch Fyne at Easter, and I will ask.