Monday, September 24, 2007

Alive & Well

Hello there.

I'm still here. Really.

Much belated photos of the package and socks from my Sockapalooza 4 Pal. I've had this sitting on my memory card for several weeks now but life is getting in the way of blogging.

The package included some dark chocolate (really bitter - just the way I like it), a handmade project bag (excellent for sock projects) and a few postcards from Boston.

The socks are really well-made with a great 2x2 tubular bind off.

At least I'm still knitting....

Last month I finished a pair of K3P1 socks in Collinette Jitterbug. I was inspired by the Ann Budd interview on the Knitpicks podcast a few weeks back where she said the K3P1 is her fall back pattern for socks, so I wanted to try it out. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo before I gave them away. They went to my (lucky) mother who has really small feet (which is the only way to make a pair of socks from one skein of Jitterbug - what's with the poor yardage?)

I also finished a pair of Very Sensible Socks in charcoal grey Zarina. Originally I was going to make them for my dad but soon realised his feet would be too wide for a 54 stitch sock. So now they're mine! The pattern is a K2P1 rib and they are so sensible looking it's not worth taking a photo.

I did try the Widdershin heel for the first time and I think it's a great heel, but I still prefer a heel flap. I think top-down socks are just more fun to knit for some reason.

I've also started the Wenlan Chia cardigan from the new KnitKnit book using some super chunky yarn I got from Nundle ages ago. I've done about a third of the body already and oh I'm using a different 6-stitch cable pattern instead of the one in the pattern - why would anyone put gigantic bobbles down the front of a woman's cardigan? (The version in the book is pink too!)

I've also started swatching for my dad's 'perfect jumper' (more on that in a later post), but yes, I've been busy!