Saturday, October 22, 2011

Some Socks, and a Couple Bits of Mystery

It's finally time for the obligatory knitting post, so I can say this is more than just a photography blog. What have I been knitting, you ask? The answer is: socks. A while back, I decided that I would knit a "family of socks" for my California sister-in-law, her partner, and their son, my six year-old nephew. The partner has narrow, but pretty big feet—size 11, to be exact, so I started on her socks first, casting on in June. I've already written about those socks as they were in progress, but last weekend, I finally finished them. So, here, without further ado, I give you Karen's Crow's Feet:

This is the second pair of Linda Welch's Crow's Feet socks that I have knit. I love this pattern! It's simple and easy to memorize, and I think the result is spectacular, especially in this lovely shade of green, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Euphorbia colorway.

Now that the Crow's Feet are complete, I have picked up my Hearts for Evi socks, which I started on September first. I'm knitting Laura Chau's Slip Stitch Ridges pattern, and it is moving along pretty quickly now. Here is a peek at the first sock in progress:

I'm knitting these in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in the Bleeding Hearts Colorway.

A few days ago, I cast on for socks for Olin, my nephew. They are in the early stages, so no photos of those socks yet, but here is a picture of the yarn I'm using:

Definitely colors that a six (almost seven) year-old will love!

Other than socks, I finished Gwen's Garden, a pattern by Sharon Dreifuss, and one of two designs that were part of the She-Knits Mystery KAL #8. I loved working on this project! The pattern was well-written, and there were sections of it that were almost meditative to knit. In addition, the pattern included beads, and I love working with beads in my knitting.  The finished object was beyond stunning, in my humble opinion. Kudos to Sharon for a wonderful design!

There is also another mystery project that has been in the pipeline. The mystery involves something to go on one's head, but that is the only clue you will get for now. You will just have to wait a few days until I tell you about that one.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Road Trip: Going Coastal

Pardon my absence for the past two weeks; I've been traveling. Mr. D and I drove down to Santa Cruz, California for the youngest sister-in-law's Big 5-0 birthday. On the way down, we experienced all that is glorious about the Northern California coast. I'm not going to write much here. Just enjoy the sights (and sounds) from near Crescent City, Mendocino, and Point Reyes National Seashore. I'll be back with a longer post later this week, and you never know, it might even be about knitting!