You'll never guess what I am knitting.
Well from the title of this post, you may suspect something to do with socks. Indeed, I am making socks, but the real question is for whom?
Peter! Yes, the man who blew through a pair of painstakingly hand knit socks in just two weeks, is actually getting another chance.
Why? you ask. Why would I risk that much effort again?
Ah, once again I have fallen victim to the siren call of a beautiful new sock yarn. It has me so entranced that I decided that socks in general must be our inspiration of the week.
You see, we just received a shipment of Jawoll Bambus from Lang Yarns. It is lovely stuff. Soft, muted patterning on a smooth and silky blend of superwash wool, bamboo, and nylon. When I saw the fiber combination, I suspected that this might just be the stuff tough enough for Peter's hard wear and tear on socks. Then, I factored in the extra bonus hidden in each skein - a spool of reinforcing thread! You use the reinforcing thread held alongside the sock yarn for the heels and toes.
Perfect! I decided that if any sock yarn was going to suit Peter, this was it. What I didn't expect was how much I am enjoying knitting these babies. The yarn is seriously nice to have running through your hands and creates an incredible soft and lightweight fabric. Now I think I want to knit a pair for myself! It comes in an array of colors, but the vibrant blue is the one catching my eye at the moment.
For Peter's socks, and anytime I am using a patterned sock yarn, I turn towards the simple sock pattern so that the yarn can do the talking.
Some great patterns are the Figheadh Fundamental Toe-Up Socks, Knitting Pure and Simple's Beginner's Lightweight Sock, or the Spud and Chloe Two for One Socks.