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I’m working on a pair of socks for a friend as part of a trade.
I’m using the Menehune Sock Pattern and Panda Cotton, since my friend is allergic to wool. I’m really enjoying this pattern, although the yarn is just a bit splitty. Instead of working the standard heel flap, though, I’ve decided to attempt a Cat Bordhi top-down technique. We’ll see how it turns out. Also, I am using my new Hiya Hiya circular and I love it! The cable is flexible enough to easily Magic Loop two socks at once!
This pattern is addictive and the yarn is just wonderful, but I’m not sure how I’ll like the finished product. However, the project is temporarily on hold while I decide whether I prefer long sleeves or a longer body – I am trying to keep it to a two-skein sweater.
I also have another sock and a sweater on hold, the sock (in Three Irish Girls’ Irish Sea on Kells) because I am working it at a tight gauge that hurts my wrists, and the sweater (in Three Irish Girls’ Fitzgerald and Spruce on Elenya Alpaca) because I need to convince myself the corrugated ribbing at the waist is too tight and needs to be ripped out.
The coronet is finally finished, complete with pompom. I love it! It’s a tiny bit on the large side which I prefer, I just hope it fits my hat swap partner.
The cable band was a lot of fun to do. I slipped the first stitch of each row to help make a more defined edge. I am pretty sure I like it it better than not slipping, it almost looks like an i-cord edging.
My grafting job was reasonable, not fabulous but reasonable, and I did go back in with some duplicate stitching to better define the cables where they met.
Here is the teaser photo I sent my swap buddy. I included a neat little snowflake tin (she said she likes snowflakes), some stitch markers, some autumn-inspired novelty yarn (enough for a scarf – she said autumn colors are favorites of hers), some fabulous notecards from my friend Rachel (with snowflakes!) and a few other bits and pieces.
I knitted this hat for a swap I am doing on Livejournal. I hope my swap partner likes it. Right now I just need to weave in the ends, and then block it. I also need to decide if I want it to have a pompom or not.
What do you think?
(Pardon the bad photo – it’s January in Washington).
Here’s a photo when I was halfway through unwrapping.
All done! The haul included beaded stitch markers from Hide and Sheep on Etsy, Peppermint & Pumice scrub from Bella Bug Boutique, Knit.1 Summer 2007, DPN holders, a needle shaped pin, some hand lotion and some little cards to keep track of my knitting needles.