Oh, my dear blog-friends, please don’t think I’ve deserted you entirely! I’ve been around reading everyone’s posts, hanging out on Ravelry, but for some reason writing a blog post myself seems to be at the end of my to-do list. (And we all know what happens to those hangers-on at the end of the list, no?)
Thank you so much for all the get-well wishes, they really made my day, even through the Day-Quil haze I was in all week. I’m better now, for the most part, just a little lingering cough here and there as I finish clearing out the ol’ lungs… I’ve always been really prone to respiratory ailments, and this wet freeze-thaw cycle Maine has been going through this winter is not helping.
I didn’t knit for a few days while I was ill, but I made up for it in the later part of the week. I’m nearly done with the sleeve for Autumn Rose, and I’m still enjoying knitting on it (which is very unusual; I’m generally sick of a sweater by the time I get to the second sleeve!)
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multi, color 309
Size 0 (2.0mm) dpns
I made only a couple modifications to this pattern; I made the cuff longer by half a pattern repeat, which then gave me an extra half-a-repeat on the instep. It added just the right amount of length to fit my size 10 feet while maintaining the pattern so the leaf-shaped toe-decreases worked out too. On 2.0 mm needles, these socks are really rather slim, nearly too much so, but I do have narrow feet and socks have a way of stretching.
The most knitting progress has been made on the mittens I’m making for the No More Humdrum Mitten Swap 2. It’s been an interesting process so far, as I’ve put together my own color palette for the first time. A bit daunting, trying to make a nice combination outside of my own favorite colors.
I’m using Knit Picks Palette yarn, and I used my marble kaleidoscope to help see the colors together.
I’m knitting SpillyJane’s Sea Mineral Mittens (Ravelry link, pdf here) and I picked colors that complement my pal’s preference and also remind me of shells scattered on the sandy beaches where I grew up.
I’ve rounded off the top of the hand and the thumb a bit, and added more colors, but otherwise I’ve followed the pattern. I really love them so far and expect to get the second mitten done this week.
So, I believe a mid-winter resolution is in order: I am going to make every effort to blog more. I really miss you guys!