I started new socks over the weekend. Just some simple st st ones with the Opal zebra print yarn. They're almost done, but first I want to tell you about some other knitting I did in September.
Let's go waaay back to the end of August, when another colleague left. On her last day at work, I had the brilliant idea of giving her my Icarus shawl, which I hadn't used since finishing it back in May. BUT! The pale lemony lime wasn't a color I saw her wearing, so I decided to dye it with some Koolaid. (Are you shaking your head already?) Now, June had told me of dangers in dyeing finished knits, but I was desperate enough to give it a try.
What I wanted was a pink, or at most a light coral color. I only had two packs of pink lemonade, and added two packs of watermelon as that was the next lightest color. When I tried dyeing a small bundle, it came out a light coral, which was fine. When I put in the shawl, there wasn't enough dye and it came out a light sickly orange color. Three packs cherry, and one pack black cherry later, the shawl wasn't taking up any more dye.
This picture doesn't do the color justice; it's worse in real life, and is more like radioactive persimmon/salmon mixed with pepto-bismol. But for some reason, it doesn't digust me like it did when I first saw it, probably because back then it was so different from what I'd envisioned.
Anyway, I remember this colleague liked Marianne, and since I had one ball of KSH leftover, why not buy another ball and do what I should have done in the beginning, which was to knit something from scratch. So, I went to Filo Kilo and bought another ball.
That's when I saw that they had their remaining stock of Rowan RYC Cashsoft on sale! Wouldn't the grey look great with the two balls of pink angora I bought ages ago to make baby booties? Except I don't want to make angora booties any more.
So that's how I've got the Masquerade cardi, from Louisa Harding's Winter Muse Portraits, on the needles. The angora's a bit thinner than the Cashsoft, so I'm knitting it along with a strand of KSH, and I'm knitting the fronts and back in one piece so I'll have fewer ends to weave in at the end. I'm up to the armhole shaping now, and as soon as I'm done socking, I'm going to pick this up again.