|Hand Maiden's Casbah (81% merino, 9% cashmere, 10% nylon) in Nova Scotia casting an accusing and defiant eye|
My skein of Casbah in Nova Scotia didn't want to be socks. Now, I have used the same yarn in a different colorway for a pair of mansocks. It was wonderful, perfect. Magnificent, even. This encouraged me to insist a little more than normal. I made two attempts to force the issue, first with a baby-cable pattern, then with a slip-stitch pattern. The yarn won out. My mistake: there are other uses for sock yarn than socks, of course. Baby clothing comes to mind. Scarves, fingerless mitts, wraps. It's simply a matter of taking full advantage of the yarn's relative lightness and colorways.
The pattern is Ulmus. It's a slip-stitch pattern calling for two rows of Yarn A followed by two rows of Yarn B. Some use contrasting yarns but I happened to have a complimentary yarn on hand. This is the result:
Yarn B is Shibui Knits Sock (100% superwash merino) in Emerald. I bought it online, thinking it was a solid. Yeah, it's a self-striper in shades of green. See?
I didn't love it for socks. I do love it as contrast and edging for this shawl.
Nice shawl, stash down by four skeins (one of the blues/greens and three of the emerald). Happy ending, right?
And so I, too, believed. Then the Loopy Ewe decided to put on Camp Loopy - details of what that is in the link. The first project is a scarf or shawl or cape in two colors to be knit between mid-June and mid-July.