This was a little surprising to me, but I didn’t have much time to knit while I was in Portland – either in the tourist-y part of the trip or while at Sock Summit. The bulk of my knitting was completed on the plane.
On the way home yesterday, I finished the first sock of the pair I started just before I left:I think it will look a little nicer after blocking. The dropped stitch sections (the part with ladders) are a little sloppy, but I expect the yarn to settle down a bit after a bath. Then again, this 100% superwash BFL is quite lively and springy as it is. Maybe the floats WON’T settle down. We shall see.
I decided to discontinue the dropped stitch pattern partway down the instep because those sections are going to be weaker than anyplace else. I figure there’s no reason to subject them to the friction of a shoe. I kept going long enough that you’ll be able to see the pattern through a Mary Jane strap, but not all the way to the toe decrease.
Also on this trip, I learned that I really don’t care for knitting laceweight yarn. I spent the longest time getting through one repeat of this lace pattern, and I just don’t like it! There’s nothing wrong with the pattern and the scarf will be lovely (the yarn is 100% cashmere), but I don’t like knitting it. Does anyone else want to finish it? I’ll give you the yarn if you take this project off my hands! I think I would happily knit the pattern on heavier yarn, but not this thin stuff. Look how thick it is next to my lifeline (which is dental floss). It’s super thin.
I know I still need to show you the goodies I got at the Sock Summit marketplace… but I haven’t photographed them yet. This is just a quick update. Oh, I have to show you the birthday aliens, too!