I thought I should share with you the finished result of the rainbow Mini Mochi socks.
Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace, colourway 101, dyelot 1 (though the two socks from two different balls are not the same)
My own pattern.
I will dig out the hand drawn pattern I figured out (on the back of something I picked up at Stitches, must find the paperwork!) and produce a nice chart I might even write up a pattern. I have discovered I hate writing up patterns cos I have to be very clear and I describe every step and then it ends up being pages long and possibly too complex to work out! I also have discovered I don't like my socks to be too complicated (despite what I have in my ravelry queue - you oughta see the fantastic things people have thought up!) cos socks are for knitting on buses and trains and are things to take to social knit gatherings. I don't want to have to think too hard about them. I can sit at home and be quiet and think hard - I don't want to go out and be quiet and think hard.
I am very pleased with the socks, even if the foot of one is slightly shorter than the other (but one of my feet is slightly shorter than the other too). I am going to be brave and see if they machine wash ok. It says they are machine washable. I stick a bunch of my machine washable socks in a lingerie bag (aka a fleece washing bag 8-) and do all my washing on the gentle cycle in cold water. I only ever use hot water for fleece or when something is really greasy/yucky. I also only use the tumble drier when things have not dried in a couple of days of hanging on racks - at home I use the washing line as much as possible and do not have a tumble drier at all!
(in the cloggie things Yarnhunter gave me)
Next I was going to do a personal sock club sock but the Lisa Souza easter egg* yarn is calling me. Lyyyyynnnnne, knit me! Kniiiiiiiiiiit me! You know you want to! So I've spent half the morning charting a pattern for the foot and have to figure out the one for the leg. I reckon it will be fantastic. We shall just have to wait and see.
What else is on the needles?
Does this give a clue?
And I've played with the sewing machine a bit too.
What do you reckon this is?
And the spinning madness continues. I've discovered that I much prefer merino/silk or merino/bamboo to merino/tencel. For some reason the tencel blend is annoyingly variable in drafting - the fibre length seems pretty random and it tends to break if you accidentally overspin and the take up takes up abruptly (eg when I've just sat down to do a little spinning).
Now if only the big black clouds would go away so I can get out and ride - I reallllly need some groceries, not just fripperies but basics. It's been a week since I did any shopping.
Finally, a pic for those of you wanting spring :-)