Oooh look - more dull socks off the needles - will not be buying any more Opal Mosaic zzzzzzzzz.....
May I point out that a swift couple of pairs of toddler socks is not entirely 52 pair plunge gamesmanship on my part. I did design a plain pattern for a toe up sock knitting class that I was teaching a couple of times this year and they were used as class samples. Not gamesmanship but they gave my tally a much needed quick boost....
Note small running out of yarn incident - no frogging for me - pressing on regardless. Both pairs made in scraps of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock and being happily worn by my friend's little boy who appreciates my 'design feature'.
Next up a rather lovely pair of plain toe up socks in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino. Another outcome of this sock knitting mania is that I have been knitting more plain socks recently and in the spirit of stash busting digging old variegated skeins out from the back of the stash and rediscovering why I never seem to tire of knitting even the plainest socks so long as the yarn feels good and is an interesting colour.
I also rekindled my love for Nancy Bush designs with this pair of Little Child's Socks in some lovely green Yarn Yard Toddy that I knitted as part of a Nancy Bush knitalong. Some of my favourite socks that I always go to first when I have done a batch of hand washing are Nancy Bush socks. I love the attention to detail and the way that they fit.
Hmmm.... gloves. I loved knitting these Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller in a wonderful bright skein of Yarn Yard Clan.... until I got to the fingers...zzzzz...... good job I prefer fingerless mitts for most practical purposes. These lay without a thumb for about six months such was my lack of enthusiasm for that final bit of finishing. Now they're done I really like them and for those with more stamina than me I can thoroughly recommend this free pattern.
Next up, another pair of socks which I am ashamed to say also languished for some time - Brainless by Yarnissima in Koigu no less. Blame the endless twisted rib....
I have blogged about my yellow Bitterrroot shawl before. This is a free pattern in Knitty which I knit in Yarn Yard Gloaming, a reasonably robust merino and silk heavy lace weight which is wonderful to work wish if you aren't particularly fond of the very fine, frogs breath types of lace weight. As you can see, blocking transforms lace.
So much so that I need several self indulgent photographs to show it in all its glory.
I would really like to have a few more of these now that the warmer weather is here as they are perfect to wear at the throat of a black dress making that 'What shall I wear' moment first thing in the morning as easy as possible.
It must have become fairly clear now that I am a great lover of the colour yellow and these socks continue that theme. The yarn is another souvenir from my travels - Green Mountain Spinnery Sock in 'Meadow' which I brought back from the Rhinebeck Festival two years ago. If you look very closely at the yarn, which is a tightly spun wool and mohair blend, you will see little flecks of green and pink which lift the colour considerably.
And finally, after a weekend school on crochet back in August I felt it was time to embark on a seriously large crochet project - a big ripple blanket using Attic 24's very simple, well illustrated and attractive pattern. I get it out and add a few rows every so often. Would be nice to have it finished so that I can show and tell it at the retreat this August. Where did I put my hook?
Ripples are fun to photograph.
I'm particularly proud of the 'Arty' orange stripe I have added to the otherwise quite sombre 30s inspired palette.