Sunday, September 7, 2014

Year of Projects 04: Marilinda 01

SOCKTOPUS :  Farmer McGregor • Om Shanti

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus • Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

Although for KAL timing reasons I probably should have cast on Om Shanti, instead I cast on Marilinda. It just looked like more fun. When I first glanced at the pattern I thought it was a lot of cabling, but it turns out to be mostly travelling stitches. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I don't mind an occasional cable, but a lot of cabling is... well... tiresome. There are lots of fun charts, with a handful of symbols and corresponding stitch sequences that I have never seen before. That's kinda fun. And the heel flap is patterned; I just love that!

The yarn is Dye-Version stretch bamboo sock which I picked up from a Ravelry destash. I've been wanting to make a pair of socks for my sister, but her skin condition can be exacerbated by wool. I hope the Bamboo/Lycra blend is more soothing. It's interesting to knit. It's soft and a bit slippery with quite a bit of sheen to it. It looks like it wants to worm, but it seems to knit smoothly and the stitch definition is fine. It's not splitty like you'd expect for bamboo, and the lycra gives the bamboo a much needed springiness and stretchiness. So far, so good, other than a stripey-ness that I'm not entirely enamoured with.

I'm not very far along - just the first leg and heel knit - but the pattern actually flies pretty quickly. I just haven't had much time to spend on it. There are couple of reasons...

First, I've got a new computer at work. Thursday I finished the migration from old to new. Friday I spent downloading and updating software. Feels like I entered my Apple ID a thousand times! So far so good though; seems almost everything works exactly as it should. And the new MAC is lightning fast!

Second, I've taken over moderation of a group on Ravelry. It's my first experience with something like this so there's a bit of a learning curve. I've created and uploaded new badges, I've learned how to sticky threads and now I'm trying different things to encourage the participation of the group members. A big thank you to Wandering Cat Yarns for their support in donating a skein of yarn as a prize for our first KAL.

Third, I've been working with my brother to self-publish a series of stories to raise money for the restoration of a historic train station in McAdam, NB. He wrote a Christmas novella which will launch on November 9th ... well, presuming I got the illustrations done and the books printed. Looks like we're on track (lol - a train joke); the files are with the printer and we expect the first samples in the next few days.

Fourth, I've finished the blanket I've been working on since July. The baby is due early to mid December, however as overseas shipping can take 6-8 weeks unless you pay premium rates, my deadline for this was looming. I hope it will arrive to the expectant grandparents in time to gift to the expectant parents at a baby shower in the weeks before delivery. The pattern for the blanket is Sea of Dreams - this is the second time I've knit it and it's just a gorgeous the second time through. The yarn is Baby Cashmerino with I ordered from LoveKnitting.com. My yarn arrived in a sheer organza bag - just the perfect thing in which to wrap the finished blanket. Those adorable little gift tags you see? They're handmade by my friend Jane - her Etsy shop is here.

12 comments:

Lucy Bowen said...

The sock is looking great as always!! Love the blanket - I quite like loveknitting as well and as far as I can tell you always get good service.

Renee Anne said...

Love the sock! Also, it seems a lot of people have new things happening this week...not a lot of time to knit :)

ayarnyrobin said...

Busy, busy, busy... but a lovely looking sock xx

Caffeine Girl said...

Holy Cow! You are busy. That is a gorgeous sock.
The book project sounds fascinating. Are you the artist doing the illustrations?
The baby blanket is a great pattern!

Kepanie said...

Goodness you are one busy woman. The sock colorway is like a mermaid's tail. Very sweet that you're making it for your sister. It's cool you're working on a self-publishing project with tour brother. Do let us know how it works with the publishing part.

mysparemoments.com said...

ohhh you have been busy, I do love the sock and I'm with you on the stripes part of the yarn but it looks like a really fun project. That baby blanket is so gorgeous and I'm sure it's a gift that's going to be treasured, best of luck with both the group moderation and the upcoming book.

Maria said...

Oooh, that sock is gorgeous - the colour suits it perfectly. And I just LOVE the baby blanket - very, very cute :)

Dee said...

I think this is one of your prettiest socks so far.

I'm confused . . . what does "worming" mean?

Have a great week! Sounds like you will be quite busy.

WildflowerWool said...

My goodness you are busy. Love the new sock and the afghan that you finished.

Sam I Am...... said...

Love the sock and I too wondered what "worming" was? The baby blanket is exquisite...I "faved" it because it is so gorgeous. I also love Baby Cash although I've never used it but I have several patterns calling for it so I think I will be ordering some from that shop you mentioned. The group you are forming or have formed is wonderful as that is exactly how I quit smoking and look at me now! LOL!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Wow - that's a pretty sock pattern!

I saw the blanket on ravelry - it's gorgeous!

Leyla Alieva said...

Beautiful work! I like the sock, and the blanket is truly gorgeous.