Friday, July 22, 2011
Finished Object Friday
This week has been a lot more successful for me ... maybe because I'm using the recommended yarns, the recommended needle sizes and following the patterns? I guess that's a lesson I need to learn over and over and over again!
The Wild Irish Rose necklace crocheted up quite satisfactorily. If I were to do it again I would make the necklace band plainer and not so ruffled. Also, my local stores stocked only white, ivory and this natural colour in crochet cotton; it'd be nice to try it in a fresher pastel colour. Andrea said it was very comfortable to wear, not too hot or heavy, and considering how hot is was yesterday, that's really saying something. If we get a cool evening in the next few days I'm going to try to give the necklace a very light steam blocking. Overall it worked out pretty well, I think.
My second Hourglass sock is also finished; I grafted the toe this morning. The yarn is Viola in a colourway called Robin's Egg and I just made it with only a few meters leftover. It's nerve-wracking to watch the yarn disappear while working the foot on top-down socks!
As for the pattern, it's pretty but I wouldn't knit it again. Why? The fabric has very little stretch so the sock doesn't fit snugly. Me, I like my socks to fit snugly! I added gusset decreases and shifted two stitches on each side of the instep to the bottom of the foot to bring the total number of stitches down to 68 otherwise they would have been HUGE.
Coincidentally, you may notice in future posts that Andrea's long, long hair has disappeared. Hours after the photos were taken she had it all chopped off to donate to charity. Nice, huh?
For lots more posts and lots more finished objects to inspire you, check Tami's list here.