I'm at the final gate!
And a closeup of the stitch pattern:
This was a really fun knit. I couldn't ever completely abandon the chart, but it got to the point where I knew it pretty well and didn't have to look at it for every single stitch. It looks and feels great in this yarn (Knit Picks Elegance), and I think I'll wear it a lot. Stay tuned for finished pics tomorrow or Sunday!
The socks are flying fast and furious off the needles. Jennifer finished some gorgeous Jaywalkers in Pansy Sock Garden. Love that Sock Garden!
Tania knit up some fabulous lacy Jaywalker-esque socks of her own design. Love them! The lace really looks great with the zigzag pattern.
Ragan the crazy sock ho has finished her FOURTH pair of brownie point socks (this is in addition to her J and F socks). And she has more to come. Save some for March, lady!
Choomon has her 2nd pair of brownie point socks - a pair of Opal Rainforest Fish socks for her daughter. Funky!
Quikeye finished some River Rapids socks. Love that pattern - I am loving all these lace socks we're getting lately! I love lace, and I love socks, so I don't have to explain how I feel about lace socks...
Sheri finished some fantastic Pomatomi for her F. I am so in love with this pattern, but alas, no time! So I'll live vicariously through those of you who knit them and are gracious enough to share them.
Chris also gets an F for some finished socks, but you can't see them because they were sample knitting done for me. Let me just assure you that they are gorgeous and I'm a little sad that I have to send them back to her after I get them back from the publishers! Small sacrifice to make for a reliable and able test knitter! Even though there aren't socks on her blog, you should check out her latest post. She is the only person I know who could come up with an analogy between pap smears and knit-alongs.
As if having sample socks appear in my mailbox as if by magic wasn't enough, I got some socky yarn goodness from Karen as a little thank you for participating in Show Your FO.
My participation was a little lame, as the only things I finished were samples that couldn't be shown, so I was totally tickled to get this yarn (there was also chocolate in the envelope, but it was snarfed up before it even hit the table). I am absolutely DYING to cast on for some socks. Perhaps I should use this gift as an excuse to quit whinging about it and just do it!
The schedule for the 2006 Black Sheep Festival, the largest fiber festival on the west coast, is finally up. Is anyone else planning on going? There are a couple of workshops that I'm dying to take, but I don't know if I can justify the expense right now since they're not exactly business-related. One is a learn to spin class, but I just can't decide if I want to open that can of worms. The other is a dye-your-own sock yarn class that shows you how to do striping, fair-isle and other handpainted yarns. How cool is that? However, I'm not sure that I'm prepared to get into the yarn selling business, and so this would be another time-sucking creature that I would have in my brain, preventing me from doing income-producing design work. Sigh. Knitting as a business is great most of the time, but it is a bummer to have those occasional projects that you just don't feel like finishing but have to because you've made a commitment. I know, poor me. Feel free to give us a whack!