Pattern: My own with the help of Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, 3x1 rib
Yarn: Opal Rainforest in Tiger
Needle: Bamboo DPN's in sizes 1 and 0
Start Date: January 11, 2006
Finish Date: February 28, 2006
Comments: As I knitted I really enjoyed the color striping, but I found the yarn a little scratchy. I was nervous they would not soften up too much, but the night M washed them he pulled them out of the laundry basket and declared they were "so soft." Wooo, that's a relief. I didn't want him tromping around in scratchy socks! He wore them yesterday for the first time and told me they were great. Yea!
I am continually amazed that a box of simple yarn can become something. Above is the Cascade Sierra in Lavender that is on it's way to becoming a blanket to keep my friends' baby cozy. I'm using the Oat Couture Prairie Blanket pattern and so far so good. The Sierra is pretty nice to knit with, but it's a little splitty. However, unlike straight cotton, this 80% cotton, 20% wool blend has a little more give so it's not killing my hands. Now, let's just see how quickly I can knit this up! Oh, and does anyone have any experience with machine washing and drying this yarn? I've heard it does well....I hope the rumors are true:)
Dublin Bay Sock in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Seaside
Yep, it's another sock. This yarn is so incredibly nice to work with and the striping effect is pretty neat. It's difficult to photograph the lace panel, but I assure you it is there and it is very pretty:) This pattern also has my favorite heel flap - the Eye of Partridge. It's a regular slip stitch heel flap, however the slip stitch rows are shifted so as to create a pattern (it really looks best when you are using variegated yarn). I'll take a close up heel flap picture tomorrow as it is a little hard to see in this one.