First up, my new knitting bag. It's from a commercial pattern (I think....Simplicity's easy line? It was $1.97, if that helps.) All the fabric was from stash - it's got denim as an inner layer (the pattern called for canvas interfacing....I don't keep canvas on hand for some reason), AND it has a *zippered* inside pocket! The zipper is....well, I need practice, but it's usable!
I want to do a close up of the "buttons" (the straps are sewed down, with buttons added for looks) - Herself made them for me out of porcelain.
They are TOO cute!!!
Next up, my latest travel sock project - I hand dyed the yarn (we call it "Calypso"). The blue is still bleeding off...:sigh: I need to tinker with my recipe, because it should NOT do that.
Here's a close up of the pattern - Feather and Fan. Also known as Old Shale. It's easy - 4 rows to the pattern, but only 1 of those is IN the pattern. Easy to memorize and easy to knit - but the payoff is fantastic!
And, finally, I give you "Walk Thru China". I.....LOVE these socks. I think that they are the most impressive socks I've knit to date - and I am totally enamored of them.
OK, so both sides are pretty much the same...but the front and back are different, and the sole has it's own pattern, too.
(I like patterns to show all sides of the socks...some (OK, most) don't.)
This was actually a very easy knit - seriously. Stranded knitting isn't hard, once you figure out the best way *for you* to handle 2 colors of yarn at the same time. Once you do that, it's just plain knitting, switching colors at will. I substituted a "rounder heel" turn for the band heel the designer used; her heel didn't fit my foot (I tried it - remember, in this year of the sock, I am knitting patterns as written. However, I do want the socks to FIT, so....I knit her heel, tried it on, thought about it...and ripped it back and put in a turn that actually fit. I had to tinker with the decreases, but it works, and it FITS.)
I learned a few things on this sock; I learned how to add in a new color BEFORE I needed it (I usually work my ends in as I'm knitting the first row with the new color. On these socks, I worked the end in on the round before I needed it. Simple change that made a difference in how the sock looks.)
I want to start the designer's next sock ("Trip up the Nile"), but I'm taking a break from color work right now. I started a pair of socks for SG (simple; stripes on the leg, contrast heel and toe) and am almost to the heel, but I want him to try it on. I looks too loose to me; he has big ankles so it might be fine, but.....I've learned to trust the little voice. Finally. :lol:
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