The past few week’s knitting has been devoted entirely to hands and feet projects. The two socks from the last post are each coming along nicely. Stalagmites from the Cookie A. book Knit.Sock.Love require concentration because of the intricate cables but I am thoroughly loving them.
The DVD Socks are completely rocking the bright orange and rust of the Lost City Knits Bittersweet colorway! I took these to Beerknitting last week and they were bright enough to knit in in the pub!
The new kid on the block is a pattern-in-the-works featuring a local alpaca/llama/wool fingering weight that I’ll have up in the online shop before long. The first two naked – as in undyed – colorways that returned from the mill are white and gray. The second mill order should arrive sometime in March and will include naked brown, faun, and black. The patterns and the yarn will be available as kits, as well as sold separately.
The working name for the new mitten pattern (and hopefully the hat to match!) is Climbing Rose. On the top side of the mitten you see a white yarn background with an old fashioned rose in gray yarn flanked by chain links from a fence.
On the palm side the background color is gray with the chain links in white. Obviously, the thumb will be added after I finish the hand.
I love the new fiber for these! I requested a little merino wool to be added to the alpaca and llama to give a little more bounce and tone down the halo. Mittens made from alpaca and llama are going to be incredibly warm!!
The samples you see above are the medium size and measure about 8 inches around unblocked. I’ll be knitting a pair for myself in the small size using two of the yarns that come in the second mill order. Maybe I’ll combine the natural black with the gray – or maybe the faun and brown. I’m not sure – but I can’t wait to see how the other colorway options look!