They’ve been a long time coming. I think the YoP group has seen engagements, house-movings and even brand shiny new babies since I cast these on six months ago. I don’t know why they took me so long but can truthfully say that my frogging, tinking and picking up dropped stitch techniques have all improved terrifically. They fit perfectly, more so than in the picture, and are toasty warm in this cold snap. Pattern is Vanilla Latte and yarn is a Natural Dye Studio 4ply. That’s now two pairs out of my six done.
The third pair (Vorticity) are progressing steadily. I’m doing the heel flap on the first sock now. I like the texture and colour, neither of which photograph well, so you’ll have to imagine something rather prettier than the picture – which is not that difficult. I’ve signed up for Crafts from the Cwtch sock knitalong, though am not yet sure whether to (sensibly) finish this pair or put them aside for the knitalong and try something new.
The winter frost stripe scarf is hibernating, I am keeping it as rebound knitting for those inevitable times when I need a break from anything that involves counting or stitchmarkers.
My Arcadian shawl is doing well, with occasional cussing when I find a knot or have to rip back to insert a missed yarn over. I’ve added the contrast colour in the photo though it will be a couple of weeks before I need it. The yarn is Manos Serena, a birthday gift from my good friend K last year, and is wonderful to work with despite the occasional knot.
While we’re talking about gifts, let me
shamelessly brag about mention the rest of a very generous delivery from Santa.
My hat-loving sister, via Santa, gave me 4 skeins of Yarn Yard merino sock weight. This will be the Nothing Fancy shawl, which I want to be a homage to Tim Burton movies, Helena Bonham Carter, Fuchsia Groan (from Mervyn Peake’s “Gormenghast”) and all things just a little bit dark. I *think* that the brown/grey edging will work well enough with the sulky pinky purply mix, but won’t know for sure until I get there – I don’t want a cookie-cutter match, rather something that sits a little unsettlingly.
The second shawl will be a laceweight Color Affection, courtesy of a very generous and kind friend. The first problem with this one will be choosing which three of the four balls of Lana Grossa Lace Merino to work with, the second problem will be minding my language through those very long rows. It’s calling to me though, probably because I haven’t made a blanket in six months now and I really fancy the silky drapey vastness of a laceweight Veera. Here’s the yarn in various combinations, and a gratuitous shot of crafting books from another sister. There were even more great books from another sister, but they are way out of scope for this blog. It’s been a great few weeks. I hope January is treating you well, wherever you are. Thank you for reading, and for all your comments last week.