I love vacation. I really really love vacation, particularly when it takes you to a totally different environment. Sparky and I returned last night from a week in Europe (mostly Germany with a side trip to France and a night in Switzerland). I got to go into yarn shops for the first time since July! Sparky has pictures, apparently. I was a bit distracted. I promise vacation photos very soon.
It's been a while since I've updated and the "Work in Progress" list is suffering as a result. There are currently 12 items on the list of which 4 have already been completed. I also have 3 additional items that never made the list that I've knit in the past month. I made a strict rule for myself that I am not allowed to delete anything from the "Work in Progress" list until it has either been frogged or received its formal posting on the blog. As I am a lazy blogger at best, this frequently leads to problems.
Anyway for the next couple of days I'm going to be getting caught up. Please don't laugh too hard. Some of these finished items have been lingering for a long while!
Project: October Socks
Yarn: Studio Sock by Neighborhood Fiber Company in Foggy Bottom
Yardage: 1 Skein (435 Yards)
Started: October 7, 2007
Finished: October 24, 2007
Yarn Source: Knit Happens
Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5)
Gauge: 8 stitches to the inch
I loved this yarn! It was sproingy and smooth and all that is good. I liked the slightly irregular pattern. Did I mention that I loved this yarn? I picked this skein up on a whim and really wish I had bought more.
I also rather enjoyed Wendy's new (well, newish now) toe-up pattern. In general, I really don't like short-row heels. I find that they slip around too much and don't accommodate my feet very well. It's pretty annoying really. Until recently (say, late September), I didn't realize that it was possible to knit socks toe-up without using a short row heel. I was surprised and delighted by Wendy's pattern and have since started looking for other patterns (a nice co-worker recently brought me a copy of New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi from the States). I plan many more toe-up not short-row heeled socks in the future (which is for the best, because I brought back much too much sock yarn from Germany).
Baby Booties 2
Project: Baby Booties
Pattern: from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Angel in Purple Club
Yardage: Less than 1 skein
Started: November 9, 2007
Finished: November 11, 2007
Yarn Source: Knit Happens
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5-6 stitches to the inch
And yet more knitting for upcoming babies! I hope you don't get too bored of baby things as many people I know seem to be expecting. I have three baby sweaters on the needles and another waiting in the wings.
These booties went faster than the last pair, but still weren't a one-hour knit. Still like the pattern and the finished project is adorable.