Now that I only have one pair of socks on the needles, I wanted to cast on a pair for my nieces and nephews. I dug thru my sock bin (actually I dumped it out right when #1 Son walked in. He seemed a bit surprised as to how much a 60gal Rubbermaid bin can hold) and I found two yarns I want to use. One is a Malabrigo for my 6 y/o niece and the other yarn is a mystery yarn. I bought it almost 10 years ago on eBay and it came from an independent dyer. No yarn ball or color name, just some nice yarn to make some socks. The only problem is that I had no idea what kind of wool it was. Superwash? Wool/nylon blend?? 100% Wool???? I knew I had to test it to see what it would do when washed. I also wanted to check what needle size I would need since it seemed more of a sport weight than a fingering.
This would mean I would have to make a (gasp) swatch. I NEVER swatch!!! Neither did my mom. (so I'll blame her!) Whenever she made sweaters, she would check her gauge as she went along. If the gauge was off, then she would rip it out and start over. I guess there were no worries abt what happened when it got wet because I don't ever remember there being a problem.
However I was knitting for a kid whose mom would definitely wash them in the machine and possibly dry them in the dryer. I had to be sure they wouldn't felt. So I made a swatch.
It's ridiculously small, but it did the job! AND it didn't felt!! So I know its a go to start a pair for my nephew. He requested purple and pink socks and I think these will make him very happy!! I hope to cast on before the wknd.
Come back tomorrow (ok later today since it's already 1am) when I share some pics of my tomato plants. How these guys are still producing fruit I have NO idea!!