In Which the Pirate Has Finished Yarn.
That BFL top which Pirate-Husband bought me has become the first completed yarn off the Kromski Sonata. I had a slow start with some concerns about making the colors line up, and then the bobbins sat for a few days while I tried to find time to ply in one go.
But here it is, finally: 410 yards from 4.4 ounces of Blue-Faced Leicester top. That measurement is from before the wash, so it might have shrunk a little bit. Still, that’s enough for a pair of socks! I will definitely be weighing out the yarn into two sections and then knitting toe-up. Given how hard I tried to make the colors in the singles line up for the plying, I expect that they will be somewhat stripy socks. I am tempted to cast on for them *right now* – if it weren’t still a little damp. And there are the other works in progress, too. Okay, so I won’t cast on right now, even if I do want to. I’ll finish the Stripey Striped Socks first, so I can see if I’ve got the fit of the 60% short-row heel right. Yeah, that’s a good reason to wait!
Here’s a closeup, with a penny for scale. I am pleased with the tight twists of the plies. The singles only drifted apart in one section when I was plying, so I might have gotten the hang of putting enough twist into them. Some parts of the yarn do feel a little hard, but I have faith that they will soften up in the knitting and in the final wash.
Socks with my own handspun yarn: does it get any better than that?
Awesome! Looking forward to seeing how these knit up. It’s so tempting to start up with my own sock yarn for my next pair.
auughhh that colorway is gorgeous, and the yarn itself- splendid!! *i don’t need another hobby. i don’t need another hobby… i don’t need another hobby!!!*