Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's not finished till it's blocked

I keep telling myself this. It's not finished till it's blocked. Because otherwise I would have a sweater and a lace shawl to show you.
But I will soon. And also the Christmas roundup will continue. Especially if my mom sends me pictures of her sweater.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Christmas Roundup Part 1

Um, yes. I got out of the habit of blogging. Mostly because I was making things that I couldn't show you, because they were all Christmas gifts. I'm really, really bad at holding on to gifts and not giving them the minute I have them in my little hands, so it took a lot of willpower not to show you those before. Well, now you're going to see a lot of them.
Exhibit 1. Socks for Sarah.

My friend Sarah has cooked me lots of wonderful things, especially since I have had to go gluten-free. I hate cooking, so I figured I could return the favor by making her something nice out of yarn. So I did.

These are the Queen of Cups socks, a free pattern from the lovely . These were super fun to make. The pattern was complex enough that it wasn't movie theater knitting, but it was still within in the range of prime time TV. The lace is gorgeous, but surprisingly intuitive.
I got the yarn at Stitches, especially picked out for Sarah. She loves yellow, and I think it's perfect to have a splash of color in an accessory. Personally, I would not wear a full yellow shirt for example, but I would totally wear these socks. It's from Sheepy Time Knits, and I highly recommend it. I bought several things from her at Stitches, and even joined her sock club. I was so thrilled with this yarn that I bought some cheap dpn she had on hand to expressly tempt me, and cast on right away. It didn't wind up being this sock, so let's just call it swatching.

In summary:
Pattern: Queen of Cups from
Needles: Size US 1 (2.25 mm) dpn
Yarn: I think it's All Your Base sock yarn from Sheepy Time Knits, and the color was Rumplestiltskin
Time: A few weeks
Cost: The regular cost of socks