Thank you so much for the wonderful words about my Autumn Rose sweater. It is probably the biggest accomplishment of my knitting so far, though the execution of it was more lengthy than actually difficult. I don’t say that from a place of modesty or to diminish the time and effort I put into it, but rather as encouragement. While it took a lot of concentration to follow the charts and keep the stranding (sort of) even, I wouldn’t say it was so advanced a project that it couldn’t be done by most of you knitters who read my blog. I think we so often assume that the making of beautiful and complex things is beyond our skills, when in reality it is easily within reach if we add a dash of ambition and confidence. After all, isn’t it, in the end, just pulling one loop through another?
That said, don’t kill me, but I finished my socks. I know, I know; I seem like a speed demon. Remember, I’m on summer vacation.
JL Yarn “Vinca” (color 551) is the mutating color; 200 yards
2.5 (US 1.5) dpns
I knit them cuff-down, and didn’t really follow the pattern for anything but the colorwork. They are the first stranded socks I’ve made that fit a human foot, and I’m thrilled with how whimsical they are. They will definitely brighten up some gray winter day.
I also got the first sleeve done for my Apres Surf Hoodie.
I’ve started the body, which I’m knitting in the round, though I will spare you a photo showing only two inches of dusty-purple stockinette stitch on a 29″ circular needle. Not very exciting yet, but it makes for good mindless knitting. The sweater is definitely “product knitting” at this point.
With only one project on the needles, I felt a void. I wound up some of this, just for fun.
And I’ve been eying this on my shelf for some time now. I even have some ideas on how I’ll use it, though I need a similar weight natural-colored yarn to go with…
I even got out the basket of worsted-weight yarns and played a little.
This is the Luna Moth Shawl, a free pattern from Elann. I bought the yarn for it,
Lace knitting, especially in larger-scale projects, is something I admire but rarely take the time to do. So I’m taking a pinch of my own advice and jumping in with abandon. Lookout, here I come, needles flashing and yarn flying…
All for now.