It’s been so long since I’ve mentioned any knitting projects I have going on. The sad news is that I’ve been very busy this summer and have not had much time to knit, so my lovely stash yarns and my long list of wonderful projects that I have in mind have been languishing, untouched.
What I have gotten done in the last couple of months is (1) finishing the first pair of socks to match my turnagain cowl, and (2) most of a pair of socks for John.
This has been a fun pair to work on – although his feet are enough larger than mine that it feels like I have been knitting these forever. It’s my first pair of toe-up socks, so while I’m basing them off of the stitch pattern & Eye of Partridge heel of these Neville Socks, I have had to do some calculating and adjustment. The heelflap and gusset construction is a little strange going “backward” (I’ve only ever done it top down before) but I like the method quite a lot, and anticipate doing all of my socks toe-up from now on.
The yarn for John’s socks is Madeleine Tosh, and one of my 4th of July purchases at Cannon Beach. Someone was sympathizing with John for having been dragged into a yarn shop on a holiday, and he replied that “maybe at least he’d get a pair of socks out of it.” After that, how could I leave without him choosing a sock skein? If it was a scheme, it worked.
My turnagain socks turned out quite well. I don’t have a photo of them finished, but I’ve been wearing them pretty hard since mid-July and the Black Trillium Merilon yarn is holding up well – nice and sturdy – and I’m pleased with the way the stripe pattern turned out. Photos, perhaps, coming … eventually ….