Sunday, April 15, 2007
1. Pattern: Crusoe
Yarn: Cascade Fixation 1 ball (color 9816)
Needles: US 1
Modifications: Converted to an anklet with a 2x2 ribbing instead of a rolled cuff.
Thoughts on the project: These were my first socks! I did attempt this pattern once with the recommended Koigu but found that the yarn just didn't have enough stretch for the stranded stitch pattern. So, I opted for an elastic yarn. They knit up pretty quickly, and I'm glad that I did finish the second sock despite not being in love with the colorway. I don't want to start single sock syndrome with my first pair of socks! Hopefully I will continue to be diligent with my knitting of the second sock. See that little ball between my feet? That's what was left from the ball when I finished. I'm so excited that I got 2 socks out of a single ball! I expect that un-used Koigu will become a pair of Jaywalkers.
2. Pattern: Danica
Yarn: Paton's SWS in Natural Earth (3.5 balls)
Needles: US 8
Thoughts on the Project: I admit I was being a sheep with this pattern. I saw some absolutely gorgeous Danicas on Craftster using SWS (particularly those by fragolina_piccolina and tragicheroine) and had to make one of my own. But wow, this scarf is gorgeous! I was actually in a self-forced knitting lull thinking I needed to focus on graduate school rather than my hobbies. But when I saw all those gorgeous scarves. . .my inner wooly knittingbeast broke free and I picked up my needles for the first time in a year. Thanks to all you wonderful knitters on Craftster for bringing me back. For a while I debated about blocking the scarf, and finally decided that I love the texture of entrelac and that I would proudly wear it bumpy! Fortunately, shortly after finishing the scarf our weather took a nosedive and I actually got to wear it! This will be a special scarf for me becuase it reminded me how happy I am to knit.