Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My first (and only!) socks.

Finally, here are some pictures of the socks I completed last Sept. I received the bamboo/wool blend year from Shannon the year before in the swap. She sent me beautiful pink Panda bamboo/wool blend sock yarn, and a pattern from Knit Picks. Knit Picks Aran braided socks . I used a size 1 bamboo needle dpn set. It only took me almost a year to finish!

I learned a lot about cables, turning heels, and not being able to knit these while watching or doing anything else. ;) lol They are oh so comfy and not too hot for Florida in the winter. I wore them to school (work) already on crazy sock day to show them off. They are beautiful, I think. :D Definitely not boring.

I still don't know if I will ever knit socks again! Maybe baby socks. ;)

My Biggest Challenges thus far...

I finished the baby alpaca lace scarf I was working on over the holidays. It is supposed to be for my sister. She gave me one ball of this really soft lovely grey-brown yarn. Then she said "I want you to make me something with this- I couldn't resist it." Even though she does not knit and isn't even interested! Hmph. I am not sure if she will get this or not. I may just have to keep it. :) I did try it out a couple of days, and enjoyed wearing it, but I think she might get more use out of it.
This was a Knitty pattern, recommended by Dani from the Spring '05 issue http://www.blogger.com/Branching . I started it before Thanksgiving and finished blocking it Jan 24th. It really didn't look like much until it was blocked, as Dani warned. I loved watching it take shape. I blocked it twice, as I wasn't aggressive enough the first time and the pattern didn't really show up. I learned a lot doing this one!
and...Finally I have some pictures of the cabled socks from the swap over a year ago! It was an ambitious first sock project. I made it through, though. More about that in a separate post..