I finished my “man scarf” project! I finished a little after the holidays, but that’s ok. It came out really nice! After I finished I soaked it in cold water with a little bit of Soak, squeezed out as much water as I could, rolled it up in a towel and squeezed out some more water, and then I laid it out on my floor on top of my “hot yoga extra absorbent” towel to dry. This blocking experience went much better than my last one (although a scarf is a lot smaller and easier to manage than a bulky sweater). Blocking the scarf made the stitches look a lot neater. Also, the fabric feels…. flatter, if that makes any sense?
While I was home for the holidays, my mom gave me a sock knitting lesson. I’ve been wanting to learn to make socks, but figured I would need some help. So we started with this pattern by Wendy D. Johnson (my mom’s favorite sock lady). We used the Turkish cast on method for the toe and I’m using the “magic loop” method (because I hate DPNs). I’m using a ball of yarntini sock yarn in “good to be girl.” My mom maaaade me swatch the yarn first, which was good because I ended up needing to use size 00 needles to get the gauge right! It was really hard for me at first just to adjust to knitting with such small needles and thin yarn! But, I think I’m getting the hang of it now. It smooth sailing… until I get to the heel!!