Friday, August 24, 2007

Real-live finished objects

I wasn't kidding! I actually have two whole FOs to show you!

First, the socks - the monkey socks! They're done! Each sock took a very small amount of time to knit, it was just the small matter of the second sock and, oh yeah, the move that got in the way! Well, here they are:

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Pattern: Monkey Socks from knitty.com, by Cookie A.
Yarn: Woolbearers sock yarn in (the yummy colorway) "Autumn Moon"
Needles: K-P Options for magic loop, size 0
Thoughts: This is indeed the fun pattern everyone says it is! I loved making these socks, especially since each one of the pair was knit at an outdoor musical event of some sort! I do think they turned out a bit tight. I'm thinking I might need to size up to 1s for future sock-making purposes, that maybe my gauge on small needles has tightened up. This should be easier to do now that I know that Knitpicks has two versions of size 1 circulars, at 2.25 and 2.5 mm. (I've been wanting the 2.25 size). Nevertheless, I'm in total and complete love with the colorway - lavenders, pinks, purples, oranges, with tiny hints of green and maroon. Yum yum.

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Close-up of stitch pattern

In other FO news, a long long time ago (try about a month or so), I finished a feather-and-fan shawl/scarf. But for reasons unknown, I didn't manage to photograph it until this week, right before sending it off to my mom for her birthday.

Feather and fan lilac shawl

Pattern: basic feather and fan stitch, repeated 5 times across
Yarn: Three Waters Farm superwash merino fingering weight, colorway "Lilac"
Needles: Size 5 Bryspun circulars (pointy tips, not too slippery)
Thoughts: This shawl was truly a dream to finish and block. The feather and fan pattern opened up beautifully and gave the shawl amazing drape and softness. My mom opened her birthday present yesterday, and was full of compliments about it! Yay!

In the above picture, by the way, I'm standing on our new back patio-area, with the oh-so-threatening creek behind me in the trees. It's an amazingly lush, tangled area right now, with weeds and trees and flowers and invasive kudzu all mixed in together. I can't wait to see how it changes as we move from summer into fall!

8 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

Nice!!!! I'm jealous of your Monkeys...mine sort of failed. No fault of the pattern, though. I really enjoyed knitting them. I just made a horrific boo-boo while decreasing at the gussets and ripped them in frustration. (childish, no?) Yours make me want to try again, though.

The shawl is lovely, as well. You've just been finishing stuff all over the place!

Zarzuela said...

They both came out great! Now you have "Jersey socks" for the memories. :)

Jessica

sgeddes said...

Both projects came out beautifully!
I can see whay your mom liked the shawl so much.

PHD Knitter said...

I love that shawl! I have yet to make it through one of those ... maybe I should give it another whirl. The socks look great too ... such a fun pattern!

Greta_Jane said...

Hey there,

Maybe some day I will be good enough to make monkey socks!

GJ

ali said...

The socks and shawl turned out great, though I can't halep but notice that neither is even close to any shade of blue I'm familiar with :-)
Lovely projects,
Happy knitting-
ali

schrodinger said...

Look at you with the FO's!! Love the monkeys, and I *know* your mum will be thrilled with the scarf/shawl.

keri said...

What a beautiful shawl, I love the feather and fan pattern in that yarn!