At last week's "Tuesday Night Knitters", Sherri gave Sheddy and me a lesson on knitting a sock swatch via the Magic Loop method. And here's my swatch:
I've since emailed Sherri my gauge numbers and shoe size and she'll be cranking out a sock pattern to bring to me tomorrow night. And then I get to start my first real sock!
If you were paying attention, you may notice that that is not the yarn I originally purchased for the socks. I just don't like the original yarn enough to use for my very first pair of socks, but I'll hang on to it for some future pair. (Or maybe I'll return it -- I don't know yet.) But the above yarn was just so lovely, I now understand why people wax poetic about it. It is none other than:
One thing about this sock yarn: I've noticed from surfing other blogs where this yarn's colorway was used that the colors vary significantly from lot to lot. Some lots have more teals, blues and purples, (the swatch on the Lorna's Laces website looks nothing like my yarn),
whereas my yarn leans toward browns, beiges, and pale greens, as you can see. But I still like it. Such lovely yarn, such lovely colors. Now I understand what all the fuss is about. In my opinion, if you're going to knit something as challenging as a sock, you better like the yarn you're handling. And I like this yarn -- I think it's well worth the cost.
As with the previous week, I didn't get many pictures taken during our knitting group time because I was busy knitting! However, Jane did an admirable job, as usual, of documenting the evening, and so I nominate her the unofficial historian. ;-)
And not only that, Jane and Sheddy were also last week's "Trollopes of the Week". Here they are, wrestling for the honor of top Trollope:
You'll have to ask them who won!