In 2011, I started my first yarn and fibre club; the Wheel of the Year club. There were eight installments, corresponding to the solstices and equinoxes, plus the ‘cross-quarter’ festivals which sit between them, and I offered sock, lace or fibre options for subscribers. The first installment was for Samhain (Hallowe’en):
I kept yarn or fibre, sometimes both, for myself from every club installment, and I’ve been playing with the idea of ‘following’ my own club over the next 12 months or so, even if I am three years late!
Nothing if not ambitious, I designed my first gradient colourway for this installment: “into the dark” – based on the seasonal slide from sunlight to darkness, and also the truly *amazing* berry colours that were around that year.
I kept the prototype sock yarn (Footsie!) and 100g of fibre (Corriedale wool; a lovely, easy spin). I designed some long socks to show off the full length of the colour shift – but never wrote up the pattern:
I do rather love them; the leg shaping is incorporated into the lace pattern, and I should probably work on getting it out there sometime.
I also spun up the fibre pretty much straight away – roughly Aran-weight, chain plied to maintain the gradient. But knitting myself a beanie somehow had to wait until this year.
I increased too far the first time round, and ended up with more of a plate than a hat…
But after a month or so in time-out, I pulled back and re-knit in just a couple of days. Just long enough to cover my ears, and no binding or riding up. If I can find a yarn that works well instead of my hand-spun, I’ll have to write this one up, too.