Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Knitting

Thank you everyone, for your kind comments after my last post.  Raven is missed, but our other dog, Roxy, is now getting twice the attention and treats.

Since then, between gardening and houseguests, I've only squeezed in bits of knitting here and there.  I did mail off the pair of socks I'd been knitting for afghans for Afghans, along with a 2nd pair from Angie.  Yay Angie! 
Here's my FO, yet another pair of Priscilla's Dream Socks, this time knit in Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn in the "Glenwood" colorway. 

Although I love Lorna's Laces, and I don't think I'll ever tire of the Priscilla's Dream Sock pattern, I'm not thrilled with how the color pooling changes from the foot to the leg of the sock.  Still, I hope they help keep someone warm this winter.

I started the next pair on my not-so-secret birthday sock list.  Back to beautiful Malabrigo sock yarn:

After being encouraged to do so, (Thanks Jeanne!), I decided to try a method of knitting 2 socks on one long circular needle.  I can see the benefits of getting both socks done at the same time.  Both will turn out the same, and no 2nd sock syndrome.   It does seem like I am fidgeting with my needles a bit more than when I use the magic-loop method on one sock at a time, but that may be just because I am getting used to something new.  I'm going to stick with it and see how I like it after some more practice.

Lastly, I have to share this cute baby gift that was a perfect quick summer knitting project.

Pattern:  Greenleaf Baby Hat (Ravelry link) by Evelyn Uyemura
Source:  available for free from Lost The Thread
Materials:  1 skein of Be Sweet Bambino Taffy, and US 6 needles

The only drawback of this project is that this yarn has a knot tied at each color change.  If I had known about this ahead of time, I may not of bought the yarn, yet I'm happy I did.  It is soft and colorful, perfect for a baby gift.  In addition to being able to make a cute hat, buying this yarn supports a company that creates jobs for women in South Africa.  You can read more about the Be Sweet company mission here.  And really, now that the hat is finished, the knots don't seem to be a problem. 
I'm off to wrap the gift.  I hope you all are enjoying summer and maybe squeezing in a little knitting.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Shannon. It's helpful to see the LL yarn color changes from stockinette to the rib in that pattern. At least it's consistent! You've inspired me to pick up the needles that have been sitting in the bag for over a week! SOOOO HHHHHOTTTTT! Really like the colors of the hat too.