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August Cookie A (spoilers) and a dilema

The Cookie A sock club August instalment in the mail today. Very exciting, the patterns are innovative and interesting and I adore the second one, with the leaves. I'll be knitting that in the club yarn, which is this amazing acid green. The other pattern will, I think look amazing in a multi coloured yarn and we all know I have plenty of that. I don't actually know when I'm going to get to either of these patterns, because I have a whole lot of other things I have to knit RIGHT NOW.
 (These pictures are Cookie A's, taken from the Ravelry page)

Tonight I am casting on a pair of socks for Raph, as mentioned yesterday. This amazingly beautiful Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Bamboo came in the mail yesterday. The colour is perfect for a man who is unadventurous about socks. When I saw him last I asked what colour sock he was wearing and he said immediately, without checking "Black. All my socks are black". My only concern, and one I rarely have is yardage. I'm making a 72 stitch version of Hickory and he has size 11 feet. There are 400 yards in a skein. I think yardage will be tight, and that makes me very nervous. I've been to Old Maiden Aunt's website, but the yarn is out of stock. I did email her to see if maybe she has some not on her website. I could do the heel and toes in different yarn - I have a grey Patonyle that would work and it would also make the heels stronger. 

I could buy two skeins of another bamboo yarn, but I'm can't find any in Melbourne and postage times could be an issue, and I've actually struggled to find dark yarn with bamboo anywhere. If you have any ideas, please pop them in the comments.

ETA: I realise I could do them toe up, which would solve all of this problem, but I don't have enough experience with toe up socks to convert the pattern, and I can't find a toe up pattern I love.


  1. Does it have to be bamboo? I've a couple of skeins of undyed BFL that we could dye in suitably somber colours if you'd like :)

    I adore the 2nd pattern in the package - I'm going to make it as soon as I possibly can.

  2. It does have to be bamboo, it's part of an ongoing conversation about whether bamboo stops socks smelling.
    I'm also going to make the second one in the club yarn. So stunning.


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