The knit along for the projects based on the Fucus asparagoides print is starting over on ravelry. That’s this lovely curved shawl (I just love that shape far more than is reasonable, it’s so easy to wear) and these super lacy socks. I am a huge believer in low-stress knit alongs, so this one is pretty laid back. Come, knit with us, chat, post pictures…I promise we’re friendly! At the end of September, I’ll find someone who has posted a picture of a finished project in the thread and send them happy mail. That’s pretty much all there is to it. If these are going to find their way onto your needles, I’d love to see them!
Oh, and for those who have been asking, these two projects are now available as individual patterns for those who prefer not to have the whole book. Just click through to the KAL thread for all the links!
Hey, that looks familiar. That looks rather like a sock.
Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I knit a sock? The last pair were Amenable and I finished them at the end of January. That’s almost six months ago. That’s not really cool at all.
These are going smoothly (almost as if the sock gods were trying to tempt me back to their cause). I had one little ‘wrong needles’ incident where I had to rip out a false start, but even that didn’t feel terribly traumatic. These actually seem to be going rather quickly. I expect you to remind me I said that when I’m in the middle of the second sock’s foot and can’t ever imagine being done with them. But so far, they’re zipping along.
The yarn is the lovely Pediboo Sport by Frog Tree. It really is one of the rounder yarns I’ve ever worked with, very crisp feeling on the needles. It’s 255 yards per skein, and these are going to be boy socks, so I’m pretty sure I’ll need two skeins, but I’m curious as to just what the yardage will be. I’ll weigh this one when I’m done and see.
Next up in the the ongoing (dare I say never-ending, all-consuming, perhaps even frenzied) project of rereleasing old patterns, Adumbrate. These will be going up this coming week. Folks on the mailing list will get an announcement (and usually some sort of coupon or other goody) as soon as it’s up. Now every time I send something to the mailing list, I get a few very nice emails from folks saying they didn’t know about the mailing list and could they please have whatever the special offer is anyways. And that’s always awkward. So in the interest of having fewer awkward moments, I’ll be all smooth and remind you that you can sign up for said mailing list right over here. It’s super easy, I promise.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sock on the needles…an actual real live sock that I’m knitting myself and that’s not for a book and that I can take pictures of and talk about and everything. I’m going to go spend some time with that so I can show it off properly in a day or two. I’m sure you understand.
You know those conversations you sometimes have with yourself as you’re knitting? The ones that point out that you’re using the wrong size needle, or that you really should be twisting that column, or that your cast on is a bit wobbly? The ones that you really should listen to sooner, rather than later? Because if you’re going to rip something out anyways, better to just go ahead and do it now rather than waiting till you’ve put even more time into it.
Mmmmm. Yes. I was having one of those conversations pretty much the whole way through the start of this sock. But I didn’t have any smaller needles with me, and I kept thinking I’d just pull the yarn a bit tighter and it would be ok.
So that’s ripped, and back on the needles, and looking much more tidy. Comparison pictures when things get a bit farther along, but so far it’s a distinct improvement.
We talked the other day about sock yarns for the book after next, but as usual, the book is more than just socks. Some of the non-sock yarns have also started to arrive, and they’re delightful.
Up at the top there, in all of its lovely pinkness, is Manos Fino in Rosewater. That’s going to become an absolutely delicious shawl. Moving clockwise around the circle, the next one is Anzula Oasis in Seaside. This is also destined for some sort of wrap (it’s a silk/camel blend, and I anticipate greatness). Then we’ve got Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Silver. I’m anticipating a hat, but I’m not 100% decided. And finally, the lovely Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass. This has actually already leapt onto the needles and is absolutely a hat.
There are more to come (four you’ve not seen, two of which are coming in the mail any minute now). But this should give you a sense of what I’m up to these days. I am starting to get the sock itch though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a pair of socks started making appearances some time soon.