As I mentioned in my last post, I recently went to Kid 'n Ewe, our local fiber festival. In previous years, I've come away from Kid 'n Ewe with large quantities of yarn, but this year I bought just one ball of sock yarn. I had heard that Madelinetosh hand-dyed yarns was going to be there, but she (he? they?) were not there. If Madelinetosh had been there, I'm sure I would have bought more yarn, but as it was nothing really called out to me, or maybe I finally have enough yarn. Here is my one purchase...
I bought this ball of Ty Dy Socks from The Tinsmith's Wife. I'd been looking for this particular yarn for awhile, so it was a welcome find. I cast on not long after I got home with my super short (9 inch) Hiya Hiya circular needle. I found the tiny needle nearly impossible to knit with and I've since moved the sock to 2 circular needles. The first row on the tiny needle was the most difficult to knit, and even though subsequent rows were easier, the needle made my hands hurt. I didn't feel like there was anything to grab onto and I had to hold my middle, ring, and pinky fingers in the air. The one thing I did like about the 9 inch circular was the fact that I could just set the sock down whenever I needed to without finishing a row. In that regard, it was kind of like knitting a hat.
This week was an Austin Symphony week and I ended up killing some time at Hill Country Weavers. A few weeks ago I saw this stripey sweater (Ravelry link) while browsing the interwebs and I resolved that I must knit one. The only problem is that there is no pattern. The knitter of the original is the kind of knitter who can just whip up this sort of thing without a pattern (I am not this type of knitter). I sent a message to the genius in question and she said that she's working on publishing the pattern. In the meantime, I'm getting my yarn ready. My new favorite yarn is Dream in Color Classy and that is what I will be using for my stripey hoodie. I already have a couple of skeins and assorted leftovers, and I got a few more at HCW.
My plan is to have Cocoa Kiss (the black/brown color) be more prevalent than the brighter colors (L-R: Punky Fuschia, Pansy Go-Lightly, and Flamingo Pie). I think this color scheme needs at least one more color. I'm thinking about something in the green family. Any suggestions?