Contrary to what this blog would suggest lately, I actually HAVE been knitting. I haven’t shown much of it lately because much of it is for presents and putting those projects on the blog would ruin the surprise. Here’s what I CAN show you.
I finally finished the second sock of this pair of Seasonal Socks. They are my own pattern which you can download from Ravelry for free. These are made with Pigeonroof Studios Siren II Sock, color Bitter Orange. Fantastic yarn that feels as good to wear as it does to knit up.
Do hand knit knee socks stay up? Well, these aren’t too bad actually. I’m wearing them in the photo above over nylon stockings, which also helps to keep them up. When I’m walking down the street I have to pull them up about every 5 minutes. I can live with that. I did buy some very thin elastic that I can sew into the top band, but I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.
I can also show you some knitting WIP (work in progress).
This is the back piece for the Dahlia Sweater I’m working on. I just finished this part 3 days ago and quickly blocked it to see if it’s the right size and what it looks like. The color in the photo is COMPLETELY WRONG. I don’t know why my camera refuses to capture the correct color. I tried to edit it but could get there. Below is a photo of the skeins of yarn, and THIS is the correct color:
What a difference, right? The yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina, 75% merino, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. It’s luscious.
The lace square was supposed to end up at 13″ square but mine is 13 3/4″ square. This is actually good news as it means I can safely knit the 35″ sweater size and it will fit just right. I was undecided whether to knit the 35″ or 40″ size and now I know.
Here’s a photo of what the finished thing should look like (from Interweave Knits):
I also just finished a birthday present for my niece, which I’ve mailed off to her, and I’m busy with Christmas present knitting, which of course I can’t show you. I hope to post some photos of said niece wearing said FO in the near future.
With all the upheaval of putting our house on the marketing, ending one job yesterday and starting a new one tomorrow (commuting to London), knitting (and running) keep me sane and calm. Keep Calm and Carry Yarn is certainly my motto these days.