Verdant

The first Bines sock is done.  The second was started, suffered a small mishap, and is now in time out for a few days while I work on something else.  I finished the first draft of the Bines pattern and have sent it out to a cadre of genius test knitters who are hard at work on it as I type.  I hope to have the pattern out in about a month.  In the mean time, I’ve got to finish the other sock, take better pictures, and put in the corrections I’m sure my testers will have for me.  Perhaps another picture will tide you over till I get all that done.

bines

The yarn is Heather by Schaefer Yarns in the color Dian Fossey.  The yarn is 30% silk, which gives it a lovely sheen, and 15% nylon, which makes me worry less about walking holes in them (I’m not bad at math, the other 55% is superwash merino).  This is one of the yarns I got in return for designing a sock for Schaefer earlier this year, and I’m very glad I got a chance to use it.  It’s definitely one I’ll be looking for in the future.

The socks are on sock blockers I got at Sock Summit.  They are basically a sock shaped wire frame with a hanger on the top.  They don’t have the cute factor of some of the wooden ones but they are awesome.  Socks dry almost instantly, and there are no rough edges or splinters to snag the fabric.  To top it off, they were only $16.00 for the pair.  I got them at the Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks booth, but I don’t think they made them and I don’t see them on their website.  If anybody knows who made them I’d love to know, and if anybody has a chance to buy blockers like this I highly recommend it.

Up next, the first of the yarn reports from Sock Summit.