Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I've made steady progress over the last couple of days on my Morning Glory socks. Just a teaser shot today; expect the full reveal on Friday! These socks are very pretty on the blockers, but the pattern really shines when worn. Really! Just wait 'til you see them on Friday! One thing though? I'm almost sorry I picked this Top Cat MCN yarn - that little bit of cashmere may have spoiled me for any other sock yarn :)
My evening knitting time has been divided between those socks and my Meida's Mittens for my Year of Projects. Tonight I'll start the decreases for the top of the mitt and then there's just the thumb to knit to finish the first mitten. It's a very colourful cuff and it's been the perfect pattern to use up little bits of sock yarn leftovers from my stash. The hand and the thumb are unpatterned brown so that makes it easy enough. So far it looks like they're going to go very nicely with my chocolate brown winter coat!
Last but not least I've been spending my knitting time at work on a Clapotis. I know, I know, after knitting a Clapotis from silk mawatas for my Ravellenic project, and after confessing to be bored silly by the pattern, I'm as surprised as you are to find myself knitting another one. But here's how it happened. Linda agreed to model the first Clapotis and then asked if she could keep it. I agreed and she was thrilled. She wore at work. She wore it at home. She wore it at college. And then she wore it when she took her mom for chemo ... and now we need to make one for her mom. A silk shawl is warm, light and very easy on sensitive skin - the perfect thing for a chemo patient shivering in a cold waiting room, right?
This time around I'm knitting from Handmaiden Sea Silk - much faster than drafting mawatas. I took Jen's tip and am purling to mark the to-be-dropped stitches rather than using stitch markers - faster again. And finally, I'm knitting on straights rather than fighting circs - even faster still. As a result, I'm about a quarter of the way through after a day and a half of knitting. Quick, huh? I hope so, because I'm hoping to present the finished shawl to Linda when she returns from her cottage vacation next week!
Lot's going on, huh? It's not just me busy - check out the links at Tami's Amis to see all the beautiful work being produced by so many talented crafters!