Step Into the Light

Neighbor #1: Hey, I saw some new people just moved in across the street.  Have you met them yet?

Neighbor #2: No, but I saw one of them doing something a little strange today.

Neighbor #1: Ooh, do tell!

Neighbor #2:  Well, I saw a woman walking around in the yard, taking pictures of…her feet.

Neighbor #1: …

I finished my socks!  And I have days to knit up my fiber festival hat (3 to be exact), so I am a happy knitter today.  I did have to walk around outside this morning, it was too dark in the house for photos!  It’s going to be a bit of a bumpy road finding the light in my new place.  We have some nice windows, but when it’s grey outside, there’s only so much light inside.  We do have a cool light tube, which helps brighten up a particularly dark corner of the living room, but doesn’t do much for lighting my knits.

Anyway, back to the socks.

  • Pattern: A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in color 1702, about 3/4 of the skein (I had 30 grams leftover)
  • Needles: US 1 1/2 or 2.5 mm
  • Mods: I cast on 68 stitches and did a rapidly decreasing toe, mostly because I wasn’t paying attention and knit the 1st sock too long.

Just like the pattern name promises, these are a pair of nice ribbed socks.  The simple ribbing created enough texture to show off this wild rainbow of yarn and was just enough action to keep me engaged.  How about that yarn, eh?  I just love the colors, and they are blended together so nicely.  It reminds me of the skein of Noro Sock yarn I knit with previously, but in my experience the CZ was so much nicer to knit with.  It is soft and spun more consistently than the Noro, staying at a pretty even fingering weight throughout the skein.   There also weren’t any twigs or other vegetation spun into it.  The CZ was a bit splitty on occasion (I was also knitting with Addi Lace needles–super pointy), but not so often that it became a thing.  Mostly I just sat back and knit, happily watching the colors change.  Overall I would say this was a great yarn and pattern match up and would recommend either one very highly.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to cast on this hat and think about which yarn to choose to knit these socks!

Good Cheer

It’s been a busy and challenging few days around here.  It looks and feels like a tornado blew through our house: boxes, boxes, everywhere!  And the change that has blown through is tremendous.  My mind feels nearly as cluttered with debris as the house as I sort through feelings of excitement, anxiety, enthusiasm and uncertainty.  So to combat the stress and ennui of moving, I decided to cast on something unabashedly cheerful.  Socks for Sweetie:

Crazy Zauberball, A Nice Ribbed Sock

In looking at my Ravelry projects page recently, I noticed that I have knit 4 pairs of socks this year.  The balance is clearly off as I knit 3 of those pairs for myself and just one for Sweetie.  She picked this yarn out on a recent trip to Seed Stitch in Salem, MA.  Incidentally, I have been dying to knit up my own CZ socks since the fall when I bought this:

Similar color scheme, but mine should have more of a rainbow hue to it, whereas Sweetie’s socks seem to have an orange hue throughout the skein.  So far, anyway.  Who knows what surprises lurk inside that charming ball of yarn!