where have the last few days gone?
we’ve been having gorgeous fall weather and i think i just sank into it for a bit to knit and enjoy the last days of gardening, putting up produce, and clearing a few small projects off to the pattern stage before the next Big One begins (it starts soon; another top-secret deadline project).
i’ve worked every night for a couple of hours on my briar rose sweater and it’s paying off; i’ve got two fronts and nearly two sleeves done. that leaves just the back
i am SO going to have a rhinebeck sweater.
it may be the only decent article of clothing i have to take on the trip, but i’m confident i can exploit it (i’m lucky i haven’t been arrested yet for wardrobe neglect. no, really).
that is, if it fits; i shouldn’t gloat yet. (“pride goeth . . .” and all that.)
i’m going with the red glass buttons, but i thought i’d lay out the pewter ones just to see. it’s not that i don’t love them; i DO. but i think they pop just a little too much; the metal is too cool for the warm color of the yarn.
on the other hand, if the red ones don’t arrive in time, i can use these temporarily.
how gobsmacked am i that i have a backup set from my button stash?? stuff like this never happens to me.
as a permanent installation, i think they would be lots better on another sweater knit from a natural-gray handspun yarn
in fact, i am loving the cardigan sock so much that i might use that same stitch pattern for an actual cardigan, in that handspun corriedale yarn. sounds cozy to me.
in sock news, i got pretty far on both new socks and i entertained myself with heel designs for a good part of sunday afternoon. i don’t usually indulge in fancy heels, but i thought i’d give it a whirl.
for the cardigan sock, i extended the pattern down the heel in a ‘V’ formation, framed in garter stitch
it’ll require a little attention, and a separate charted stitch pattern, so i’m going to also try out an easier ribbed heel on an alternate sock, and maybe include both in the pattern (not sure about that yet). i’m planning on using kim’s new lambswool/nylon yarn for a second pair, to demonstrate that using a lighter-weight yarn will make a women’s size sock (whereas these red ones are done in the heavier dicentra yarn and are man-sized).
once i got this one past the gusset area, i went to work on the acorn socks for the fearless fibers club, which i am NUTS over (get it?). by friday night the pattern on the leg was well-established
it reminds me of those x-ray shots in the old chipmunk’s cartoons of the tree which is filled chock-a-block with nuts.
by sunday evening i had worked through the heel
not as decorative as the cardigan heel, but i love the last little acorn there. and i think it will look more prominent once it is one my foot and i can get a shot of the back of my heel (always an adventure). i am thinking to take the acorns partway down the foot in the same pattern, and bring just the ribbing to the toe.
so guess what? deb was reading all your enthusiastic comments about the acorn sock and noted (with dismay) the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who did not get into the sock club on time, and therefore, would not be able to get some of the greed colorway that will accompany the acorn pattern.
and she has dreamed up a wonderful solution. she is going to create a kit including the sock and pattern that she will sell from her etsy shop. the kit will be available in november, but deb will be happy to take pre-orders any time (in fact, that would help her plan ahead so that she’s sure to have plenty for everyone). if you are interested, you can follow this link to her shop and use the contact button in the sidebar to let her know. you can also visit her blog and contact her from there.
i also got the mitts moved from the last rows of fiddling around to the patterning stage. and discovered something cool about them in the process of taking some pictures
whereas most of my mitts have a left and a right, due to the offset thumb and lace panels along the back, this mitt, which has an allover lace pattern, is interchangeable.
i tried to take a picture of it on my right hand, using my left to work the camera, but that was, uh, (snort) not so successful. you’ll just have to take my word for it.
i did however get a nice shot of the palm-side of it, so i will distract you with that.
this pattern will soon be all set to hand over to anne so she can add it to her growing list of lovely kits. i believe it will be available starting october 15th in her shop.
i’m still working out the design for the thistle wrap, and making progress . . . i’m hoping to maybe have something to show for myself tomorrow. to be honest, i’ve been letting that one stew a bit; i got way into overthinking it last week and really worked myself up, so i thought it would be best to let the best parts come to the surface on their own. but now vanessa-the-wonder-knitter has yarn on the way, and nothing to knit (!) in the meantime, so i need to funnel that stewing into an actual plan.
now, i think i’ll go finish my second sleeve, and hang with my honey.