While there's at least one more post's worth of fibrous content from Peru (not to mention all the non-fiber things we did; patient as my family are with my obsession, I didn't subject them to constant doses of woolly goodness), I have been spinning and knitting here at home, too.
Between Peru and Sock Summit, I had a short period of time at home. I devoted myself to finishing the Alhambra socks, as I had hopes of wearing them while at Sock Summit; there is something particularly wonderful about wearing socks that took so much effort to knit to a place where I knew I'd be surrounded by people who actually understood how much effort it took to knit them. So I knitted like the wind.
To recap, these are Janel Laidman's Alhambra socks (my Rav page here), from this year's Illuminations sock club. They're knit out of jwrayco handpainted fingering yarn (the kit yarn); the blue color is Lerwick Harbor Purple, but I never got a ball band for the yellow colorway and I don't see its name on the Rav pattern page, alas.
So, I did manage to knit and wear these and my handspun Rivendells at Sock Summit. Two out of three dreams ain't half bad, right? (I also managed to show the Alhambras to Janel, and the Rivendells to the folks at the Sincere Sheep booth; that was rather fun.)
What was the third pair I'd wanted to knit and wear, you ask? These:
Silk Road socks, knitted for me, this time (note that it fits? I've been checking...). I managed to get the heel turn to work in the larger stitch count, and I'm very pleased with that fact. These go pretty quickly when I work on them, since I don't need a chart to knit them. So I'll keep plugging away. I need to decide whether I'm going to write this pattern up or not. The major hesitation comes from writing up the heel; I may end up writing out the heel turn line by line, and I should take notes on that when I do the second one. We'll see.
Meanwhile, I have also succumbed to the siren call of the Stripe Study shawl. I managed to hold off in spite of drooling over Helen's gorgeous versions, until I walked into my LYS and saw one hanging there innocently, right above a display of Zen Garden Serenity Lace (which has cashmere in it, just so you know). I was lost.
I'm also playing with fiber. For example, between trips I finished spinning the absolutely gorgeous fiber that Erica sent me last spring - I need to wash it to set the twist before I take final measurements, but I spun this woollen in hopes of getting a lofty yarn, and I think I've succeeded. Younger Daughter has already laid claim to it and wants a shawl.
And finally, I'm playing with silk hankies for a class I'm teaching at my LYS in September. I want to have a nice simple pattern for mitts, plus maybe one for a shawlette, by the time of the class. It's such a hardship to have to play with silk...
So, fiber fun right here at home. And now, I think I should finish just one more short row before dinner, don't you?