Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some "Ooooooohs!" and an "Oops!"

Working the Agribition with Ron from Buffalo Gold remained fun up until the end. My feet were completely killing me and the pain was starting to radiate up my back, but I still didn't want it to end. I met so many great people. And I would go to work for Ron again in a heart beat.

I also found that I like my kids a whole lot better when I don't see them as much. Funny how that works.

I had my first bison burger courtesy of Ron and we got to introduce him to local favourites like Nanaimo Bars.

My stash has also now moved up in social standing. My poor superwash sock yarns are turning up their noses at their new luxurious neighbours.

This skein is a sportweight 90% bison down, 10% nylon blend. The nylon is really only added because the bison down is very short and the nylon makes it easier to spin. I think I will make it into an everyday scarf for myself since it is machine wash and dryable. Yup, you read that right. Into the dryer it can go. It won't shrink or felt. This is the same yarn that my sister washed and dried after a test dyeing.
The two skeins on the right are the "Lux" yarn which is 45% bison down, 20% cashmere, 20% silk and 15% Tencel. When I get brave enough to try my hand at lace knitting I will do one of them up into a dressy scarf. It is available in the two colours right now, but in January there will be an additional 20 shades.

The socks below are machine knit from the "Lux." They are to die for! So soft that I couldnt quit fondling them all week. These aren't actually available from Buffalo Gold yet as they were a prototype, but somehow they jumped into my bag at the end of the week. Probably because Ron didn't want them with my drool all over them.
But all was not great on the knitting front last week. I am still not sure exactly what I did wrong on the heel of these Crusoe socks, but I think they are going to have to be frogged up to the start of the heel flap. I followed the pattern for the flap...

Rw 1: Slp 1, *k1, wyif, slp 1
Rw 2: Slp 1, p to end

and they "grew" so much width-wise that almost became bubble shaped. I don't THINK I did anything wrong, but obviously I must have.

Other than that I love this pattern for variegated yarns.


Iron Needles said...

I have often coveted some Buffalo Gold yarn/fiber for my stash. One day I will have some! It is ymmy stuff.

Thanks for your comment, and your observation of the need for sisters. Dearest Sister surely keeps me humble.

Hege said...

The gray socks really looks comfy and soft. And your sock in progress is great.

Lina said...

Love the Buffalo Gold yarn! It's beautiful!

CiCi and CAJtalk said...

Wow.. this yarn is amazing. I hope one day to have some

knitwych said...

Beautiful! This is the first time I've seen bison yarn. I can just imagine the looks I'll get at the LYS (in NC) when I ask if they carry bison yarn. :-)

Bean Counting Knitter said...

Beautiful finished socks.
cath from the blog train

pinkangel said...

OH I love the grey socks.........they look sooo soft. Must check into Buffalo Gold but have no idea what I may make from it. Not so good in the socks department....

Beautiful work as always...even the one you have to frog...'cause it too will be beautiful.

Diane FL