Every year I knit a pair of Halloween socks, and this year’s no different. These are the usual – plain vanilla, fish lips kiss heel. Yarn is Poste Self Striping in “Elm Street”.
So it turns out I do have an FO this week after all! This is Lunna Voe, knit in Dream in Color Jilly Lace, colorway Tart.
This is a construction I’ve never done before – you knit all the border repeats in one long strip, then you pick up the body stitches and work backwards from there. That’s why I didn’t think this would be finished – I’m not used to the last rows of a shawl getting faster and faster. I just kind of looked up and was like, “oh, I’m finished now.”
The yarn was nice to work with except that it broke near the border and I didn’t find it until blocking. I repaired it before it ran too far but that’s still a little disappointing.
This blocked out to be gigantic – much larger than I was expecting. I love it.
A two-fer today – this is Most Sinful, which is a bright blue creme (that doesn’t have that blue-polish stink), and Blue By You, which is an almost-transparent blue with green? sparkle. Most Sinful is the SinfulShine “gel” version of regular old Sinful Colors Endless Blue. I think Endless Blue applied better even though it did stink, if I remember correctly. I used three coats of Most Sinful and one coat of Blue By You. I do have to say Blue By You applied flawlessly – I didn’t have to do any fudging to get the sparkle to apply evenly.
I have to admit, it’s getting kind of boring to post vanilla self-striping socks, but I’m not really finishing anything else (I’m writing this the Sunday before it will post, and I don’t have anything else really that close to being finished, to be honest).
Toe-up, two at a time, fish lips kiss heel, didn’t need to manipulate the yarn to get the heels to come out correctly.
Yarn is Round Table Yarns Merlin, in colorway Luf Talkyng.
Rarely does the promised shimmer in the bottle come through on the nail, but Cherry Bomb does it! You don’t even need partial sun to see the lovely gold shimmer!
This did apply thicker than usual and was kind of a pain to work with – it didn’t level on its own, either. There is some visible nail line on the photos but you can’t really see it in person unless you’re looking for it.
It also dries a little textured – I’ve been using a thick topcoat recently (KB Shimmer, very similar to Seche Vite) but I think I might use a second coat, or even a layer of Gelous first. It’s not super obvious when looking at it but it’s not as smooth and shiny as it could be.
For once, I’ve knit a “hot” pattern while it’s still the in pattern!
This is Tegna, knit in Quince and Co Sparrow, colorway “eclipse”. It feels like I was knitting this for months, but my project page says it was really only 17 days.
I had to go up a million needle sizes to get close to gauge and it’s still off a little bit. I always intended this to go over something sleeveless so it’s sort-of office suitable, so I don’t really care that it’s not very opaque, or that I ended up with more positive ease than intended.
The only modification I made was sleeve length – I had so much more positive ease than I expected that I only knit the sleeves like two inches, but for once this turned out exactly right and my sleeves are nicely elbow-length. One of the sleeves is bound off a little tightly – it still goes on but I might pick that out and re-do it.