This messy pile above is my sock collection – all pairs of socks and leg warmers that I’ve knitted except those that were made for someone else and one pair which felted in the laundry – even though the yarn was supposed to be machine washable! They don’t look to well because I don’t ever bother with blocking socks after washing, thankfully on the feet their looks improve a lot.
The rusty pair on the left is my most recent project, the same My Cup of Tea socks that I wrote about in the previous post. I wasn’t sure if I’d even finish them, because they seemed too wide, but in the end I decided to go on and they’re not that bad. You can see below that the feet are a bit too wide indeed, but not so much that I can’t wear them.
I’m wearing one my sock pairs as I’m writing this post and it feels so great! Warm and comfy, and it’s so exciting to think that I made them. Quite amazing!
I’m still feeling sick unfortunately, even though most of the cold symptoms are gone (thank heavens!), my joints are achy and I’m also feeling fatigued, as if the virus drained all my energy. I’m trying to focus on work but the brain fog doesn’t help it and it takes me twice the normal time! Feeling like that, I’m staying mostly at home, but today I decided to go out for the first time, because I had some good reasons. First thing is this awesomeness that I had to pick up from delivery depot:
It’s Wensleydale pure wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. I wanted to try their yarn out for a while, and finally I found a good excuse for that – a gift for my Friend. She usually wears warm colours, from brown to red, and they match her amber eyes and dark brown hair perfectly. But she told me some time ago that she would like to add some pink to her wardrobe, so I’m more than happy to make her wish come true. I thought that The Rain Outside pattern would be perfect to show off this beautiful hot pink and cool silvery gray. I’ve seen this shawl on many blogs that I follow and it always looks spectacular. I only worry that it may feel a little itchy next to skin, because this wool is a little bit fuzzy. It’s very soft for pure wool and I think after washing it’s going to get even softer, but it still has these tiny hair. I have to think it through – maybe a cardigan would be better, and I should look for some other yarn for a shawl? In any case, I love this wool so much and I really like the way these two colours compliment each other.
My second reason to go out was to donate some of my past finished projects to a charity auction. One of the dolls I’d crocheted long time ago, some of the more recent hats and scarves… I’m really happy because I can contribute to a cause which is dear to my heart (animal rescue), but also – mwahaha! – because now I have a reason to knit more hats and scarves for myself! And to crochet some amigurumi too! I stopped doing it for a few reasons, one of them being that I don’t really have small children around me. My nephew is getting older, so do some of my friends’ kids… and it’s even worse with dolls, as most of the children in my life are boys anyways and not interested in them. But when I donated my toys, the auction organizer was super happy so I can sense more toys in the future! It’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?
So is anyone out there as sock-obsessed as me? Do you have some great patterns to recommend?