Friday, October 12, 2007

Trauma!

Did a bit of laundry this morning, as usual. I put my handknit socks together, and washed them in the shortest cycle they have here in the UK (about an hour and a half), but it is gentle, and they were all together with 2 t-shirts. To my horror, when I took them out there was a hole in my Seduction sock!!! I have never had this happen to me. This yarn contains Tencel, which is supposed to be super strong. I immediately tried to mend it before it completely pulled out, but I don't think I did a very good job. It now has a little bit of a lump in it. Its strange also, because it is on the bottom of the foot, not a place where there is alot of friction.
I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the hole, it was all a bit too traumatic for me at the time, I think I rushed to do the repair.

Seduction-sock-repair

I have been thinking for a while that I need a new pair of socks, but can't decide which color to use. The green one is Koigu, and I am in love with it. The only problem is that I am knitting a green top, and not sure if it is enough already with the green. The bright one is STR, but not a very realistic color for socks. They are a bit bright. Should I choose one, or do I wind up another, which I promised myself I would not do. Thinking about Smooshy.

2-choices

Yesterday was the annual pilgramage to Ally Pally. This year wasn't as exciting as the past couple of years. There weren't as many knitting stalls, I think it is too expensive for small companies. I did pick up a few goodies from small companies that are not available in shops. First was a stop at Shilasdair, they have the most beautiful colors, and the owner is originally from New Jersey, near my neck of the woods. Check out this handspun cashmere, I want to snuggle up with it!

Handspun-Cashmere

I also fell in love with their Cashmere/Angora/Lambswool blend, but left the stand, thinking I could resist.

Next was a stop at Knit Witches. The owner is the nicest! Nathalie and I made instant friends, and could have stayed all day. I left with these two, to make a scarf.

Knitwitches-2-skeins

Next was on to Fyberspates, and some Tencel/Wool roving. Not sure how keen I am at Tencel after this mornings problem, but we shall see.

Fyberspates-rovings

Now I have to find time for a bit of spinning between the mound of knitting projects I have planned.

I couldn't stop thinking about the Shilasdair, so we just had to go back and buy some of this. Not sure what it will become, maybe a sweater.

Shilisdair-dk-reddish

It does smell a bit from moth balls, but hoping that will go away, it should with a bit of fresh air I would think.

NB: I unpicked my sock, put it on 2 dpns, and kitchenered it together. Looks almost as good as new!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh your poor socks!

I hate the washing machines here, I miss the toploaders back home and washing everything in cold water!

Try getting a delicates bag to wash your socks in, I find they're pretty good.

Jill said...

It was the Shilsadair (?sp) that did for me too, I have enough of the mix one to do a cardigan for me, and some of the handspun cashmere for a scarf. And Knitwitches, I have done mail-order from them but it is the first time I've seen it all laid out. And that owner is certainly a one-off!

Your sock - could you have been walking around shoeless and caught it on something? I've never had one go into a hole like that.

Fiona said...

Ditto for me with extensive Knitwitches and Shilasdair purchases ( plus I couldn't resist a little bit of quivit!)
What a shame about the socks- at least you repaired the damage straight away - I tend to have a permanent pile of "items needing attention " which makes me feel very guilty to look at it.