kira makes out like a bandit at the potluck/swap

Last night’s Twisted Stitchers RVA (our stitch & bitch group) was a potluck/swap. I made the crowd-favorite Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (was a hit, again), and a recipe I hadn’t tried before: Cold Soba & Cucumber Salad. It’s more of an assembly recipe than actual cooking; super quick to put together (I made it during my lunch break, on the day of!), and was also very tasty. I polished off the leftovers today for lunch!

Swap Books

But, look at the books I snagged! Super stoked about the Zimmerman books and Walker’s Knitting Treasuries (1 through 3! just missing #4!). Plus, No Sheep for You is good for looking into other non-wool yarns as a mostly-vegan — I still eat honey, and occasionally use wool. Because, things like felting, and other awesome wool properties…

Speaking of wool, I also took a ball of Berocco Sox in a really neat colorway (think it was 1425 John Moores, but not sure if I remember properly — it only had the colorway number and not the name on the ball band).

And speaking of socks, my first pair is coming along. I was gifted a skein of lovely sock yarn (The Twisted Knitter Hand Dyed Originals Platinum Sock in “Naughty or Nice”) by my friend. And, I decided that this sock yarn should actually become socks!

Naughty or Nice Socks Progress

After a few false starts (CO edge too tights, too loose, etc), I made my way through the toe and onto the main body of the sock. I was concerned for a bit that the sock would be too large, but I think that was just the needles pulling the yarn when I was trying it on in the initial stages. Now to knit just a bit more before moving onto the heel.

I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, with the additional help of this video for figuring out the CO for DPNs. I am using Fleegle’s Toe-Up No-Flap, No-Hassle Sock Pattern; after looking at several different toe-up heels, I became intrigued with the Fleegle heel, and figured I’d give that one a go. And, at the end, I plan to use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. I divided the skein into two equal weight balls, and plan on knitting until I run out of yarn! I anticipate having an inch or two of ribbing at the top, on otherwise stockinette stitch socks (and depending on how tall/long they become, I may do some increases to fit over the calf).

[Ravelry project notes here]


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