Saturday, April 03, 2010

Jaywalkers & Embossed Leaves

Hey, guess what, I have been knitting and I even have a finished object to show you. But first, let me share with you my latest socks. I've finished one, and waited to start the other until I had a chance to photograph the yarn in the skein, because it is yummy.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces hand-dyed Shepherd Sock yarn in colourway 58, Valentine. I bought it ages ago and saved it in my stash for something special. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a knitting treat, found a pattern I wanted to try, and fished the yarn out of my stash.

The pattern is Embossed Leaves Socks, published in the book Favorite Socks, by Interweave Knits. You can see the model version on the cover here.

It's a moderately complicated lace pattern that you more or less have to do on dpns if you don't want to lose count the whole time. I used the same short, 4" wooden dpns that I used on my Jaywalkers, and it was a lovely marriage of pattern with needles, until I inevitably lost one and had to substitute a 6" blue metallic monster by Susan Bates instead.

Here's how it's turning out in the Valentine yarn. I'm liking the results a lot, although I think the socks would be even better if I had picked a plain yarn. So I am going to finish these and then I might just knit a second pair, with a solid colour, and without making any alterations to the pattern (the ones you see here have an extra-long leg, and I omitted the decorative aspects of the ribbing, which I now wish I'd included).

And here's my finished project. The reason my short dpns were available for Embossed Leaves is because I actually finished my Jaywalkers. Yes, really. Look.

I am happy.

In other news: I restarted my Central Park Hoodie, knitted confidently to the end of the ball and then discovered that I can't find the rest of the yarn. I have also had another go at Joe's Edan sweater. The third version of the hood is going to be good enough, I think. It will have to be. It's done, except I don't like the way I reduced at the top, it's gathering a bit, so I'm going to undo the final couple of rows and see if I can make it neater. Then he is getting his jumper, whether he likes it or not.

That's all for now! I might go and have another look for my CPH yarn. See you soon.