The second pair of Kai Mei is finished, just a few more ends to weave in and blocking to do. I’m feeling quite relaxed about that bit, though, since the recipient won’t get a chance to use them before the fall anyway, so I don’t have to rush. And obviously, casting on for something new is much more exciting. :)
My first attempt at my third official pair of socks did not go so well, so I decided to try something much simpler on my second attempt. I’m going for a toe-up construction again, with just a few very very simple cables to break up the monotony. The yarn I’m using is quite lively on its own so it doesn’t need much activity in terms of texture or pattern.
It’s Ancient Threads Sockittome Select. I think this may have been the first variegated yarn I ever bought in my life. I bought it in a small shop in London almost two years ago, and I don’t think I realised then that it was a very limited yarn by an independent dyer. Sometimes we stumble upon jewels completely unknowingly. I made a baby sweater out of it, and was amazed with how wonderfully the yarn behaved. The stitches look heavenly – they are perfectly even and pop wonderfully with cables. Luckily I had bought two skeins, so now that I am on my way to becoming a sock knitter I can put the second one to its “proper” use. I’m really looking forward to seeing how these come out!