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Time flies…

…I meant to post about this for the last week or so, right after I received my International Sock Swap package. I was so spoiled!


Three angels stepped up to put this together for me, and I am overwhelmed by their generosity! I’m tentatively planning on putting the heels in these socks this weekend. The weather has just turned gray and cold, and I think these bright and cheery socks are just the ticket to brighten things up!

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Hard to believe as it may be, even for myself, I have not solely (har) been working on socks.  There has been much variety in the knitting in these parts. If a sweater and a baby blanket in addition to socks can be called much variety…

The sweater is a cropped cardigan called Cecilia. Super cute, but I think I must have deluded myself when I thought I could actually wear the thing when it’s done. I’m a little too…erm, busty to pull off the cropped look. I’ve known this about myself for some time now. And it’s the reason poor Cecilia has been languishing on the needles far longer than necessary. But I am determined to finish it, fit be damned. I tell myself that it not fitting, well or at all, isn’t so big of a deal. After all, I’m a process knitter. And I enjoyed the process before I started beating myself up for being overly endowed. So no more of that!

 

Hi! I am an out-of-date picture. Imagine me with one sleeve done!

 

It looks awfully small, doesn’t it? The pattern suggested several inches of negative ease because the lace, it stretches. But despite my attempts to be philosophical about fit and to just enjoy the ride, a small part of me despairs of it blocking out enough to actually fit around my chest.  At this point I’ve only got the second sleeve and the button band left, so soon we shall see how it goes. This may be my most vigorous blocking go ’round yet, trying to make it submit to my will!

The baby blanket I finished a couple weeks back, but was only able to gift it a couple days ago. I’m ridiculously pleased with how it came out!

 

Strangely hypnotic...

 

Pattern: OpArt by Melissa Dominguez

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK in Dusk and Asparagus

Needles: US7/4.5mm

Getting started was definitely the hardest part of this project. And it wasn’t so much hard as it was fiddly. Despite my intense dislike of Magic Loop (it just feels awkward and slow to me), it was the easiest way  for me to get going. As soon as I had a couple of the stripes, though, I immediately switched to DPNs and used them until I could comfortably work on circulars. The yarn was a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t anything special to work with, but as soon as I washed it (I figured I’d give it its inaugural spin (har, again) through the washing machine in case tragedy struck in the form of it unraveling. It seemed cruel to have the new parents to discover the ends were badly woven in and leave them with a mess of tangled yarn on their hands. Luckily for all in hearing range, crisis was averted when it came out perfectly intact.) it softened up beautifully. It went from a scrunched up, wonky looking square to a wonderfully drape-y blanket. I had read in some of the project pages on Ravelry that some of the Swish DK bled upon washing, but I didn’t have that problem. I would definitely use this yarn again and for this same pattern, which I definitely think I will make again should the need arise. I think it looks pretty awesome; not your typical baby blanket. I’ve even thought about making a gigantic one for the couch, but I’m not sure how I feel about that much garter stitch again anytime real soon…

And, finally, let there be September socks!

Pattern: Masonic Lodge by Emma Haigh

Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock in SY02 Desert Grass

Needles: US2.5/3.0mm

A pair of man socks! Nothing exceptional or exciting about these, other than that J likes them and has worn them several times already. I was interested in the yarn because it’s from a company in Western Nebraska. I like the mottled look of the finished socks, but the yarn was rather splitty for my liking. It was also a bit hard on my hands at first, until I got used to it. I have another three skeins in a purple colorway. I was thinking of using it for a Sockhead Hat and some fingerless gloves, but now I’m not sure. I’ll see how the yarn softens with wash and wear and then decide.

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There have been a more than one in my life in the last couple weeks, but here’s the most recent (and most easily photographed):

 

Yes, it's another sock.

 

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