My Sockapalooza sock pal sent me a present!! Not just a present, a package of presents, all very cute.
Clever return address label to protect secret identity.
Fabulous presents! The polka-dotted square is a tape measure and the 3 little packets are a woolwash that I've never heard of but I can't wait to try. The card says she just couldn't wait until August to send me something - yay!
Of note: the sheep where my secret pal lives say "Maaaaah" instead of "Baa" like American sheep. Very intriguing.
Many thanks to my wonderful Sockapalooza pal for my surprise package!!
In knitting news, I whipped up the world's tiniest buttonhole bag with my handspun. This is the pre-felted version with a soda can for scale. I felted it yesterday, but it is still drying upside down, so it is not ready for its close-up yet, Mr. DeMille. I will snap a quick pic before the frantic last-minute wrapping I'll be doing tonight. (Which may or may not be preceded by frantic last-minute blow drying.)
With the buttonhole bag off my to-do list, I turned to another pair of socks. Remember the Knit Picks Memories yarn I thought would make good socks for my Dad? Well, Father's Day is rapidly approaching, so I thought I'd better get cracking.
After the plodding progress on the challenging sock, it is absolutely ridiculous how quick this sock is going. That is literally only one day's knitting. The size 3 needles feel like broomsticks!
I am using a stitch pattern called Railway stitch from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. My Dad is a train enthusiast, so it seemed apropos. Despite being a straight-forward six row repeat, there have been several episodes of tinking back and one all-out ripping session. I seem to have some sort of a mental block for this pattern - it really should not be that hard!
I'm not following Nancy's sock pattern because I wanted to knit them toe-up. I have always disliked the short-row heel, so on this sock I tried Wendy's toe-up gusset heel.
Very easy to do and I like the look of it. I haven't tried it on, since my Dad's feet are bigger than mine, but I expect it will be serviceable as well as attractive. We'd expect no less from Wendy, right?
Checking my newly updated to-do list, I see that I still need to block the afghan squares for Laura and then I want to make a couple more items for Dulaan. Hats? Little socks? We shall see.