FO Friday – Epic Rainbow Socks

They’re finished!

My new rainbow socks started as 3.5oz of SW Merino/Bamboo Rayon/Nylon top dyed in Loud and Proud.

I spun on and off all summer of 2011 and into the fall. I felt like I was never going to finish. I lost motivation around September when I had only gotten through half the braid

I finally got the motivation to finish when I hung out with the RI Spinning Guild at the Fiber Festival of New England. Then I chain plied the singles straight from the bobbin. OY…this was the first time I’ve ever chain plied on a wheel. I probably should have done so with a bigger single, but I like to jump straight into the deep end when it comes to fibery pursuits.

I made yarn! I need to work on spinning consistently throughout a skein. I had a bunch of bumpy, slubby bits where the singles twisted up on themselves (pics below) but it was usable AND A RAINBOW!

I immediately cast on toe-up socks, two at a time, working from the inside and outside of a center-pull ball. I knit on them through December and into January.

I spun and plied this pretty hard for durability which didn’t make the knitting very enjoyable. And I knit the socks on 1.5mm needles so I wouldn’t call them soft either. But they’ll wear pretty well and they keep my feet warm but not suffocating like some 100% wool socks do. AND RAINBOW! I think I wore them three days in a row this week. I had to wash them for so I could get a close up pic of the slubby bits.

WIP Wednesday – It’s Zelda’s Fault

I have WIPs! I have WIPs that I’m actually knitting and making progress on!

This is kind of a big deal because I lost my knitting mojo a bit right after the holidays. No, actually, gift knitting wasn’t to blame. It was the Zelda Skyward Sword game for our Wii. I am not a huge gamer, but I’m addicted to this one. I’ve gotten to a point in the game that I need a break. And I finished my handspun rainbow socks (stay tuned for FO Friday!) so I immediately cast on two new things.

First for Tweenboy, I started Eugenia’s Mittens, a free pattern designed by Mollie Woodworth. I’m using PAL Boundless Worsted, a 4ply conventional merino. It’s soft, but will hold up to melting snowballs. Tweenboy chose Surplus, one of my new semisolid colorways. I finished mitten #1 in a couple of days! I’m so used to knitting with fingering weight yarn, I’ve forgotten how quickly projects work up in worsted.

I vowed to use my Tripping Yarn Balls club yarns for my travel-friendly projects this year. Having just received January’s club yarn from Shameless Twist, I was struck by how beautiful January’s Capricorn and October’s Libra are together. Obviously, they had to become a Stripe Study Shawl. So far the shawl is pretty mindless but very satisfying. I can knit several rows at night before bed without worrying about following a chart or finding my spot the next day. And if late night knitting gets the best of me, it’s all garter stitch so tinking will be easy!

left - right: Libra and Capricorn

This shawl is going to be HUGE. Two 400+ yd skeins are going into this baby. When it’s done, I’m going to wrap it around me like a security blanket.

And The Winner Is…

The Random Number Generator has chosen! The winner of the 3rd Anniversary Giveaway is Aimee of comment #2.

Thanks a billion to everyone who entered and shared the contest with your friends. This was so much fun, I’m planning to make the giveaways a regular thing. If you’re a fiber artists who would like to collaborate with me on a giveaway, feel free to contact me with your ideas.

3rd Anniversary Giveaway

Thanks to my loyal customers and supportive friends, Play at Life Fiber Arts is headed into its 3rd year of business! I’m hoping this year will bring new opportunities, more exposure, and more fun. I’m thinking a giveaway is a good way to accomplish all those things!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake? Leave your answer in the comment section below to enter for a chance to win one of these awesome muslin bags filled with a Sockie Maki set in Loud and Proud and a BIG set of variegated and semi-solid mini skeins. Share the giveaway via your favorite social media site for an extra entry (please leave a second comment if you do so!)

The giveaway will run through noon, Friday, January 13, 2011. I will announce the winner here, Monday, January 16, 2011. The winner will be responsible for contacting via email.