Yesterday, I went to my LYS2 for their Sock-of-the-month club. I had hoped either S or Janna would be able to go, but both were busy so I went by myself. I knew one person there, a friend from my spinning group who works at the store. The new shipment of Cascade Fixation was not yet in, so I’ll have to go back if I want some of the new colors. I had never heard of Fixation. It is really different. It is 98.3% cotton / 1.7% elastic and super stretchy. It is also worked up on bigger needles than I have used for socks (5.5 s = 1″ #5-9). I’m not convinced I’ll like it, but I probably do need to try it. I’m also concerned that the socks will be so stretchy that I’ll make them too big, so I need to get a color TH would wear. I’m hoping for 9816, 9192, 9843, 9030, 9206 or possibly 9891, or 9862.
It seemed like a very different group of knitters than my normal group. That may be mostly because I only knew one person already. There were also two college students which made a nice mix. They were much more up on blogs and Ravelry etc. than anyone else (go figure) and they are both avid sock knitters.
The group was very informal – no official program this month (and by no means was everyone knitting socks). N was knitting two socks at once on circular needles. I had never seen it done before so it quite interesting to watch her. The one time I tried socks on two circular needles, I wasn’t a big fan, but I may have to try this anyway. One of my problems is that my size 1 needles are not Addi turbo and so catch just a bit. I don’t think I want to invest in two Addis just to see if I’d like this two socks at a time thing. N really likes the technique and she teaches a class on it. I’m not convinced it will be for me and think I may agree more with Sockknitter and Purly Whites.
In other news – I spun a small sample of merino – tencel – alpaca (unknown percentages) that I purchased for the Spinner’s group to try. I only spun about 1/6 of an oz (about 4.7 g), which was 28 yards plied. It is a small skein of white yarn so not particularly photogenic. I had never heard of this fiber combination so I thought it would be a good thing for us to all experiment with. I should try dyeing it sometime.