Death never takes a holiday. (The book, according to Amazon.com, was written in 2000. The cliché seems older.) The cross-country ski idyll was clipped short by Grandmere’s death. As my DH points out, his grandmere’s death is sad, but not a tragedy. She was 99 years old, had not participated in her surroundings for several years, and had wished for death’s release in her early 90’s. So we drove back from Jackson, NH (Inn at Thorn Hill – VERY recommended for luxury, graciousness, ambience, and understanding hosts.) I didn't have time to search for the LYS near Jackson. While we were cruising back by GPS guidance, I passed a store called “Woolie for Ewe” in Conway. Next time. Maybe. (I await the rude discovery of their probable ethereal hours.) Our route took us to Ewe’ll Love It, in Nashua, NH. It is one of the BEST yarn stores in southern New England. I had a list of yarn for needed projects, but couldn’t focus. So I bought a skein of Mountain Colors, Mountain Goat, in Pine Needle. It seemed propitious that it had 250yds, which is exactly what I need for my Knitting Pure and Simple Sock Pattern. A no-brainer project was necessary for the plane, and here was the right yarn, falling into my eager hands. I, like many in the blogosphere, don’t like what variegated yarns become in the knitted garments. I’ve found that I tend to forgive socks in variegated colors, as long as the pattern is simple. And, for me, if the colors are close in shade, the variegation is less jarring. I won’t buy yarn with light/dark colors melting together. Too startling.
Here is the yarn and the sock.
The gauge is 5 stitches/inch, just like the Lorna’s Laces from my first blog entry. But the Mountain Goat is noticeably thinner. The ribbing of the cuff looked perforated. That was so unlike my other use of this pattern, that I almost ripped it out to save the yarn for a hat. That would have left me with me no project, and no airplane knitting. So I’m continuing, to see what the body looks like, and what the cuff looks like when it is not as close to the needles. I’m assuming it will look less stretched, and more sock-like.
I also brought home Maggie Righetti's book, "Knitting in Plain English". Although parts are basic and past-tense for me, many other pieces are superbly timely. It will be a new experience to NOT have to make every mistake possible in order to learn the craft.