So far I am doing well in the 12 Pairs in 12 Months sock challenge issued by my LYS. My April socks are finished and the May pair has already been cast on. I am loving the April socks and wishing it was not too warm to wear them, but I am glad that our spring has finally turned warm all at once. The yarn is a cheerful springy green, like the colors of new leaves unfurling in the breeze.
Pattern: Kai-Mei from Sock Innovation by Cookie A. [ravelry] This pattern is brilliantly written, and fairly simple to knit. I am toying with the idea of knitting another version and substituting a different pattern into the lace panel.
Yarn: Yarn Chef Minestrone in Sedum. Mmmm…like butter. I love the way she dyes yarn, but really I only have a slight addiction.
I was well on my way to finishing my April socks when I got distracted by some yarn and had to cast on my May socks a bit early. Oops. I do plan to finish the April pair before the end of the week, that is if I can put the May ones down long enough.
: : April Socks : :
Kai-Mei socks from Sock Innovation, knitted with Yarn Chef Minestrone in Sedum [ravelry]. I love they way this yarn is dyed. The colors are hard to capture in a photo, but these greens are exquisite – so cheerful and springy.
: : May Socks : :
Anastasia socks, knitted with Ancient Threads’ Sockittome in osage orange/cochineal/quebracho black [ravelry]. These sock reflect the colors I see in my neighborhood this spring…the colors of dogwoods, redbuds, and new spring leaves.
Ok, so I have not really decided to give up knitting. I also will never take up plastic canvas as an medium for my creative endeavors. April fool! You found me out. I really did not think anyone would buy that…but surprisingly, some of my real-life friends did! Too funny. Actually, I have two new projects on the needles, as well as a project I finished a week ago that only wants a sunny day to be photographed.
The above project is my latest WIP: Miralda’s Triangular Shawl [ravelry]from Knitted Lace of Estonia. This shawl is interesting in it’s construction. It begins with the long v-shaped bottom edge and ends at the top center, so each row is progressively shorter than the previous one. This is a nice change from the traditional grow-as-you-go method of knitting a triangular shawl. I’ve chosen to use Lacy Lamb, a springy 3-ply cobweb weight merino, and it is lovely to work with. The rusty orange color is a nice bright spot in my very gray and rainy day.
I also recieved my very own copy of Sock Innovation yesteday! Woo-hoo! My husband preordered the book for me back in January as a birthday gift, and I have been looking forward to its arrival ever since. Last night I promptly cast on my April socks using some lovely Yarn Chef minestrone from my stash.
And for those who missed it…here’s what yesterday’s blog looked like:
I am not exactly the pink-and-kitten type, for those who did not spot the incongruency immediately. Nor am I the plastic canvas type (no offense intended for those who enjoy making tissue covers and such). My real blog makeover is making it’s debut today with a springy new look!