Thursday, February 4, 2010
slow and steady
Every evening I knit a few more rounds of my Heartland Lace shawl. Slowly, slowly, it's growing to the size I want. Just one and a half more repeats of the Bison Tracks Lace to go before I start the edging. I'm looking forward to seeing it after blocking - I just hope that I'm not disappointed by the yarn. The considerable nylon content in this yarn gives it a shininess that I'm not sure I'm going to like in the finished shawl. And it's hard to say whether it will block out nicely the way natural fiber would.
Every day at work I knit a repeat or two on my Shur'tugal socks. And once again I have doubts about the yarn. I've used this yarn before - Paton's Stretch Sock - for some fingerless mitts with a good result. The yarn's not very soft, a bit scratchy really, but it's stretchy which makes the sock or mitt fit really well. Other Ravelers have commented that it washes and wears well. I'm guessing these will be nice enough as sturdy and practical socks. But I won't be buying either of these yarns again.