Sunday, April 15, 2007

Finished Photos

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.


Karen said...

I had so much fun yesterday - it's so nice to have knitting friends :)
I'm still in awe over your Danica, and your socks look great. I'm thinking I may try a Crusoe anklet with my leftover fixation.

Jules said...

Wow, your Danica is marvelous! I can't wait to get started on mine - just so many baby projects on my mind right now, not to mention passing my quals next week. I miss knitting so much, darn school. I agree with leaving the texture as is, I did the same with my Silk Garden entrelac. That scarf too made me realize how much I LOVE to knit, it was so fun. I think I may modify my SWS Danica so that the blocks are smaller. I've seen some other entrelacs with smaller blocks, and I really like the look. Congrats on another BEAUTIFUL finished project!