First up, the finished socks:
Sock pattern is my basic toe-up formula, yarn is Painted Tiger, colorway is Grand Old Flag .
The socks look a little different from each other because I used the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern for the toe on one. It worked, but it was a little more challenging than I'd like - half of the stitches needed to be kept "live" on a separate needle and while it feels and fits fine, I didn't want to mess with that for the second sock. For that one, I used Judy's Magic Cast On for the toe, which is fast becoming my tried-and-true way to start a sock. I don't mind that they are fraternal, rather than identical twins - keeps it interesting!
Here's the start of my new pair of socks - I have to knit to the 7.5 inch mark on this ruler before I can start the heel:
The yarn is Shibui sock - I bought it over three years ago. As it turns out, I really like it, but naturally, it's been discontinued.
The other project I started this week is the Brickless shawl, designed by Martina Behm. I was knitting a Yowza Weigh-It shawl with this yarn, but I lost interest in it, and the project had languished for about six months before I finally admitted defeat. Luckily for me, in the meantime I'd come across the Brickless pattern, so I frogged the original shawl and cast on the new one:
After just a few hours of knitting - there are three different sections that should keep me more interested in finishing this.
Here's what the Yowza shawl looked like:
Row upon row of garter stitch, with just an increase at each end - and I was supposed to use that entire skein of yarn! It was a little too boring for me.
I read someone's project notes on the Brickless shawl, and they recommended putting each section of the pattern on an index card, so it would be easier to focus on that particular part - I did that, and it's working out great:
Secret language of knitters written here!
Between these projects and the new fall television season, I'm getting a lot of knitting done. And one of these days, it will be cool enough that I'll get to wear my new treasures!
Not a lot going on this weekend - we have nine miles to run on Saturday. I think I'm going to approach it like I'm running three 5K's in a row. We'll see if that makes a difference, mentally. The weather isn't looking particularly cool, so it's still going to be more of a challenge than it has to be. But the good thing about running nine miles first thing on Saturday morning? Guilt-free lazing around for the rest of the day!
Have a great weekend!