FO: More vanilla socks

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.

FO: Tegna

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.

FO: More Vanilla Socks

More vanilla socks, because I always have some on the needles even if it takes me a month or longer to finish.   This is…I think it’s Deborah Norville Serenity sock or something – it’s big box sock yarn.  These came in 50g balls, and even though both balls are the same “dye lot”, they don’t match.  So I didn’t bother starting them at the same spot in the color sequence or fudging the heels at all.

Ravelry classifies the yarn as “Light Fingering”, so I used 72 stitches for these instead of my usual 64.  They still look a little too stretched out but they’re fine.  I think I’m in denial that somehow my gauge has gotten tighter and I can either go up a needle size (that would be US3!!  Nope!!) or add more stitches for plain socks.

FO: Limelight

Here’s my finished Limelight.  I knit it in a lovely 100% silk gradient from White Birch Fiber Arts that I picked up at DFW Fiber Fest this year.   I’ve never knit a shawl with this construction method – you cast on a bajillion stitches, knit some short rows to create depth, then on to the border.  On the one hand, you have long rows right off the bat – on the other hand, at least in this pattern, all the rows past the short rows have the same number of stitches, so if you’re used to playing yarn chicken at the end of a lace shawl, it’s not quite so bad.

As you can tell from the closeup my bind-off could have been looser (and probably I could have picked a yarn with more give) but I’m pretty happy with this.

FO: Bubbles Down The Drain

MOAR SOCKS!  But not vanilla ones this time.  These are Bubbles Down The Drain, knit in numma numma doppio, colorway “Ruby Red”.  I’m not going to lie, I found this pattern a little tedious.  Maybe it’s the four-row repeat?  Still, I’ll probably knit this one again.  I used a fish lips kiss heel instead of the one in the pattern, not because the one in the pattern is bad, but because I have the FLK heel memorized and it fits me well enough that I don’t really feel like I need to use a different one without a good reason.