Thursday, August 23, 2007

Keeping it simple

Dang! I really intended to post this weekend, but then the Baudelaires were so close to being finished, and there were chores, and well, it's Thursday again. Sigh.

On the upside, the Baudelaires are done, and I love them:

Pattern: Baudelaire by Cookie A, in medium with large instep modifications
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Navy
Needles: my handy bamboo dpns in US size 2

I love the socks, but I especially love learning a new technique, as I did with the toe-up heel flap. I'm sure I'll be trying all the alternative toe-up heel flaps now, but I do like this one: it looks and feels great:
Also finished, my mom's Hidcote Garden Shawl for her trip to China this fall:

I'm sorry that I don't have any good pictures of the whole thing - I wanted to get it sent off to my mom, so I couldn't wait for the BikeJerk to get home. I hope my mom will send me some of her wearing it that I can post. Trust me, it's gorgeous. ;)

Pattern: Hidcote Garden Shawl by Miriam Felton
Yarn: HandMaiden Seasilk in Forest
Needles: AddiTurbo LACE (yes!!!) needles, size 3.

I loved the pattern and the yarn. I haven't seen anyone else knit it in a variegated yarn, but I think it worked out nicely. It's not distracting in the body, and makes a neat wavy pattern in the final section.

Finally - handspun merino singles that I dyed myself:

It's on its way to being something gorgeous, I'm sure. I love how vivid the colors are. They remind me of the beach, or a meadow, or something natural anyway.


Carole Knits said...

Excellent socks and a gorgeous rendition of Hidcote.

peaknits said...

I love how your Beaudelaires came out - the solid really capitalizes on the gorgeous pattern. Thanks for the tip on a toe up heel flap - I am mid-foot of a toe up and I have been dreading the short row heel - ugh - I have options - yay! Also the shawl is fabulous - how mujch of the sea silk did it take - I have just one skein looking for a project and this is beautiful.

Worsted Knitt said...

Absolutely charming socks! And shawl too. I've been thinking of trying those addi lace's, but haven't got a project to try them with yet ;)

Zarzuela said...

The socks are just beautiful! And the shawl looks lovely too. It's so funny how some variegation works so well with some lace and some just doesn't work at all. Good looking singles too.


Karen said...

Hidcote is amazing.I hope your mom sends a picture of her wearing it. I love the yarn you used! Your socks came out really nice too!