If I say at the start that this is a little ridiculous, it makes it sort of less ridic, doesn't it?
I started these Fleece Artist socks six (ahem) years ago while on vacation in Hawaii.
(Side note: love love love Hawaii. I remember the exact moments when I snapped the top two pics -- very happy times indeed.)
I knit the sock on the left in 2006 -- only the third sock I'd ever knit. I think that explains the shallow stockinette (!) heel flap and the wonky toe that I'd just pulled tight. I also used size 0 plastic needles. Then, the lonely little sock sat in a sad little ziploc until a few weeks ago.
For the second sock, I bumped up the needle size (because let's get serious...), did a proper heel (though it's still too shallow but I had to make it somewhat matchy), and grafted the toes on both shut.
There, that feels better. And that completes all of my unfinished projects. (I just wanted to see what it felt like to type that sentence... It'll feel good someday).
:: Ever feel like making pizza about an hour before dinner and then
remember about all of that rising and kneading and protocol and then decide that on second thought sandwiches are also pretty good too? This pizza dough recipe is quick and and rolls out paper thin (see photo above -- super super thin!). (It calls for a cup of parmesan but I usually do 1/2 a cup of parmesan and make the rest up with flour).
Modifications: The pattern calls for Blue Sky Royal Alpaca but I switched it up and went with Cascade Superwash sportweight. The pattern calls for four colours for the Fair Isle section up top but I used three. I bumped the needle size up to 3.5mm and followed the stitch count for the newborn size and the length directions for the 6-month size.
This project came together very quickly, knit over the weekend (granted, it was a long weekend and there was a fair bit of golf watching involved). I love the cool gray canvas, the happy splash of sunshine yellow and the tiny patch of bright blue.
Hasn't it been a nice long weekend? I think so too.
I've been reading a terribly thrilling book, trying out a new baby sweater pattern (more on that later), and watching lots and lots of golf (which I can't say that I've ever done before.)
These little lovelies were made using not quite one ball of Drops Alpaca using a basic improvised pattern. I made a pair last year using Drops Delight and they turned out snuggly and sweet.
Here are the basic elements of the pattern... (bear with me, this is my first attempt at scratching together a pattern. Also, these were made for my smallish hands... If you're looking for something bigger, bump up the needle size, or try a sport weight yarn, or try casting on a few more stitches. What follows is basically the essence of a pattern...)
Needles: 2.5 mm double-pointed needles
Yarn: One skein of Drops Alpaca or Drops Delight
Cast on 56 stitches using the long-tail cast on. Join the round and work k2, p2 for five rounds.
Knit straight until piece measures 4 inches from cast-on edge.
Thumb gusset: Knit 4 stitches, place marker, knit 1, place marker, knit to end of round.
*Knit to marker, slip marker, make one left, knit one, make one right, slip marker, knit to end of the round. Knit one round straight.* Continue these two rows between the stars until you have 19 stitches between the markers.
Knit to marker (and remove the marker), place 19 stitches onto piece of waste yarn (remove the other marker) and knit to end of the round.
Continue knitting straight for 1.5 inches.
Switch to ribbing and k2, p2 for five rows. Cast off loosely.
Pick up the stitches around the thumb and pick up 2 more stitches along the top. Knit in the round for 0.5 inches and then switch to k2, p2 ribbing for five rounds and then cast off loosely. Sew up any little gaps around the thumb.
Top photos: new project (yahoo! love new projects! they're the best!).
Bottom photo: old old old old project that I rediscovered after I read my friend Lynn's blog about how some unfinished projects can linger so long they seemingly become part of the landscape. I read her post and then dug deep (and by dug deep I mean I just moved my eyes around the room. Friends, I was confronted by some truths. Seriously -- I just moved my eyes. I didn't even have to move my neck and I spied some purple socks, blue socks, purple shawl and a baby sweater.)
Yep, I sure do know a thing or two about here, there and everywhere. If it were an Olympic sport, I would totally be representing.