I received the first shipment in the Cookie A Sock Club.
Gorgeous, right? That’s Alisha Goes Around, which has both cashmere and silk. (It came in that printed project bag!) Given the color and the fiber content, I was tempted to use the yarn for a scarf, but then I reminded myself that this is a SOCK club and one of the reasons I sprang for the club was to knit more (adventurous) socks. I wasn’t totally wild about the patterns that accompanied this shipment (though I was super impressed with the length and thoroughness of the document!). But I wanted to still make some Cookie A socks so I am going to attempt her Rick pattern. I saw those socks in real life (in red!) when I took her class and loved them so I think it’ll be perfect. Each shipment also comes with two cookie recipes. One from this shipment is a spicy chocolate cookie recipe that I plan to attempt in the next few weeks. (The other is a fortune cookie recipe,; I probably won’t attempt those.) By the way, it took a lot of will power not to glimpse the spoiler photos in the club’s Ravelry group before my own shipment arrived, but I held out and it really was super fun to get a surprise package like this in the mail. I am now enjoying the photos of people’s finished socks and cookies.
Meanwhile, I finished a project for my hands:
Those are the Sweet Fern Mitts from Clara Parkes made with Quince & Co. Lark. This is a great little pattern that uses very little yarn and has just enough cabling to keep it interesting. I’m not wild about the color — it’s sort of a faint ice blue that looks white from a distance. It’s very muted and I think these could get dirty quickly. That said, it was an enjoyable little project.
Speaking of enjoyable, have you heard the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast? If not, I recommend it. It’s a charming mom-daughter duo and they discuss knitting and books. It’s been a great podcast to listen to, especially given that some of my other favorites (Never Not Knitting, the Knitmore Girls) are on haitus. Barb and Tracie are leading a book club now and I decided to join in. We’re reading The Paris Wife, a fictionalized account of Hemingway’s first wife. I’m enjoying it quite a bit.