I started the socks that Ursula and I were knitting out of the hand dyed yarn (Thelonius by Cookie A) and they didn't go well. There were two reasons for this: Firstly is was a bad pattern / yarn combination and secondly the pattern drove me insane. It has a ten round chart, and travelling stitches rounds every fourth round. This led to me feeling that there was absolutely no flow the to the process. Also, it may be that I have gone way overboard on socks recently. So I put it aside and cast on Taygete, by Romi Hill. I'm a bit obsessed by Romi, she designs amazing shawls, as well as creating really pretty shawl pins - and orifice hooks, but that's a story for another day.Taygete's centre is a simple two row garter stitch stripe, with a yarn over thrown in there every 4th stitch. It's soothing and satisfying. And, as I always say, there is nothing like knitting with my own handspun. I think it's a great pattern / yarn combo and I am just relaxing into it.
On the weekend I finished plying the yarn for another Romi Hill shawl - Bitterroot. I'm really happy with how this came out - it’s a heavy lace weight and I love the colours. I got 817 meters for 150 grams, which is plenty to do the large size, or whatever I eventually decide on. My only regret, with the benefit of experience is that I didn't put more Angelina in it. It has a very subtle shine. Next time I card I am going to use ridiculous amounts of sparkle. This yarn is very nice though, it's soft and squishy and I'm very much looking forward to knitting with it. I'll probably knit Romi Hill shawls until I really need a break from them and then go back to knitting Cookie A socks constantly. Moderation? Not for this knitter.