I am (reluctantly) back from my camping trip, it was such a lovely time. We didn’t go far, and we weren’t gone for long, but something about spending the entire day outside and sleeping with just a thin nylon wall between you and the night feels wonderful. It was a tad chilly the first couple of nights, but the sun was warm during the day and we got plenty of hiking, biking, and campfire relaxing in.
I brought three projects with me (of course) but the only one I worked on was my Camelot Monkey sock. I had the wild idea that I’d have so much leisure time I would totally finish the entire pair… which did not happen. I did make my way back through the leg and heel that I had to frog last week, but it turns out that roasting marshmallows and reading to toddlers is way more fun than knitting (*gasp*). Plus, it gets dark early outdoors which doesn’t jive well with my nighttime knitting habits.
However, that kind of project monogamy is coming to a close. I returned home to a giant box of goodies from Louet, including a Spinzilla 2015 May Fiber Pack and a lovely skein of laceweight Colinton mohair yarn (both of which you’ll hear more about soon). I eagerly ripped into the sample fibers and have begun playing with the irresistible Eri silk. So soft! So shiny! It’s also known as ‘peace silk’ because the silk worms are allowed to emerge from their cocoons before the silk is harvested, which does not allow for the silk to be reeled off in a single strand, but does allow the little insect to live.
I strangely didn’t read a thing while camping (I read nearly constantly at home) but I did finish that Mama, PhD book I was reading last week. I am now working my way through a couple of issues of Ply magazine that have been patiently waiting their turn.
Hope you all had lovely weekends and are halfway through a decent week! Linking up with Yarnalong and Stitch Along Wednesday.
Your sock looks amazing. Campfire knitting like beach knitting or bonfire knitting can be so relaxing and satisfying can’t it?
Camping? With fibery goodies waiting for you to come home? I don’t think it gets better than that!
Campfire knitting looks so cozy and peaceful. Now I want to pitch up the tent in the backyard and roast some marshmallows! Your sock is looking great.
I like your Monkeys.
I never heard of peace silk before. That’s a great idea.
I never get that much knitting done when I go on little holidays- I think I will, but I always bring too many projects! Your socks are looking awesome. And roasting marshmallows should always have priority!
Alright! The monkey advances.
I wanted to thank you for the sock yarn spinning advice. I am very much looking forward to experimenting with spinning loosely and plying tightly.