Let conscience be my guide…

The first Senneh sock is finished. It was a quick romp to the end. I don’t think I shall ever get used to making socks in these thicker yarns! Anyway – it looks glorious, but I am going to keep the beauty shots for when I have a pair.

The Joshaqans will be finished tomorrow. For the remainder of this evening I am swatching.

Yes. You heard right.  Swatching. Or in good old-fashioned Brit-knitter parlance, I am knitting tension squares. You see, the Sooper Seckrit knitting is next up after the Joshaqan socks and the trouble with test knitting is… well, it is a test. There is no point in testing a pattern unless you stick to it religiously and that means that, instead of winging it in my usual fashion, I actually need to get my gauge/tension right before I begin.

So, I am filling the evening’s void, and getting my mindless knitting fix at the same time and I am seeking a yarn to give me just 7 stitches per inch.

Let us hope that I can find one! DK does not feature large in my stash, it must be said. Lace weights? I have literally miles of the stuff. 4 ply? can’t be far behind. But DK? I have some cotton (not appropriate at this juncture) and some merino leftovers… and I do have some Silk Blend but would far rather not cut into that if I can help it – besides, it is variegated and I do prefer my lace to be less visually cluttered.

There should be a skein of green alpaca somewhere – can I find it? I can not.

If all else fails, I shall dig out some 4ply and throw it onto the wheel for plying into DK. Since Kettletoft Stores burned there’s not much option on the yarn front, without a trip into town – or waiting for a parcel to arrive.

All may be well… although the pattern asks for DK, I am reasonably certain I’ll not get 7 stitches to my inch unless I dig some sock yarn out. Let’s face it, my sock yarn stash has reached SABLE proportions. I should be able to find something appropriate. Somewhere.

Um. Have you seen the state of my workroom?

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post by mail. who is this user Beth Loft 86390, France

October 29, 2020 at 12:12PM

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  1. SpinningGill
    August 17, 2011

    Yes! LOL

    • August 17, 2011

      More importantly, have you seen that ball of yarn that I set aside?

  2. August 18, 2011

    Jitterbug might be quite a good candidate…

  3. SpinningGill
    August 18, 2011

    It’s not lurking in the conservatory is it? That’s where we were looking through the box of yarns…

  4. August 18, 2011

    Jitterbug might be quite a good candidate…

    Of course. Of COURSE! I am an idiot and you, dear Katie, are a genius. What could be better for the task – nothing, that’s what – and I even have a skein on hand.

    Rather a pity then that I swatched and then cast on with some Colourmart Extra Fine Merino DK last night and am halfway up the chart.

    Shall I frog and begin again?

    I might – Jitterbug is way more fun to knit with than this merino is.

  5. August 18, 2011

    It’s not lurking in the conservatory is it? That’s where we were looking through the box of yarns…

    I know – but I still cannot find it!

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