Those of you who read my blog for knitting content have seen very little of it over the past three months, so I thought I would give you a treat and show you some of the things that I have actually finished lately.
First up, Delightful Delilah (all projects are linked to my notebook on Ravelry).
Delilah is a She-Knits pattern, and is distinguished by the cool fringe, with a bead on the end, that is created by first casting on, and then binding off either 16, 20 or 24 stitches. The bind-off creates the curlicues in the fringe that you can see in the photo. I used madelintosh merino light in the Dahlia colorway—love the yarn, the color and the well-written pattern!
A quick project: Purple Heaven.
That's my sister-in-law, Elizabeth, wearing 198 Yards of Heaven, which I knit for her for a very significant birthday. It took me less than a month to knit this little shawl, which is probably some sort of record for me. The yarn is Cascade 220 in the Italian Plum colorway.
I participated in the Ravelympics—oops—Ravellenics Games this year, and finished two projects. The first is a She-Knits bag, Emma, a long-term UFO that I started over three years ago: Emma is Better (Very) Late than Never. I hadn't touched it in months and months, but when I actually took it out of its hibernation place, it turned out that all I had left to do was knit the straps and felt it. I did that in a few hours over the course of about five days. Here is the finished bag; I'm so glad to have it done! The yarns are all Universal Yarn's Deluxe Chunky.
My other Ravellenics project was Atmospheric Winds, the Wafting cowl by Melissa Goodale. The yarn is one of my faves, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Atmosphere colorway. The yarn is actually more blue than this photograph shows. The pattern was very clearly written, and after a few glitches (totally knitter's error) I really enjoyed it.
Finally, my most recent FO is this pair of socks:
These are my Hickory Bark Socks. The pattern is Hickory, by Jane Cochran, and it's from The Knitter's Book of Socks. This is the second pattern that I have knit from Clara Parkes' fantastic book. The yarn is Hazel Knits Entice MCN in the Salted Caramel colorway. It's squishiness personified! Even though it took me over four months to get these socks off the needles, I loved this pattern, and I would definitely knit it again.
Well, that's the latest on the knitting front for now. Now, back to your regularly scheduled hiking post.