Well, I do feel a little like I’ve been away on holiday and I’m starting back at school with one of those “what I did on my holidays” essays.
I’ve been working on the embossed leaf lace socks, and have turned the heel. The sock pattern has a lacy upper and a stst lower which really emphasises the lace pattern on the upper. The channels of purls between the lace panels and running the length of the side of the foot serve a similar purpose. They are looking really pretty.
I’ve also started work on a pair of “Charm Mitts” in my beloved Sirdar Country Style DK in Bilberry; the most beautiful purple in the world. I am using Sarah Bradberry’s pattern for these (). The body of the mitts is knit sideways in garter stitch which acts as a rather nice kind of rib when on the hand. The mitts are called “charm mitts” because a fringe is added onto the bottom and then, on the pattern, 204 buttons are threaded onto the fringe. I’m thinking of using beads and/or buttons; many letter ones spelling out words. This is why I am considering this more of an art project than a knitting one. The grey mitts below are the origionals by Ms Bradberry, to give you an idea of what they look like when complete. The fringe and ribbing come next but I am going to make the base part of the second mitt first.
I’ve been organising my ravelry projects page and queue with its tags function which means I can focus on one group if I so wish. Am sock mad at the moment as they fit into the time I have well. More on that soon.