Monday, November 10, 2008

FOs: socks and mittens

Hello! I thought I'd pop in to show you a couple of recently finished objects, so I don't forget altogether. First up, finished yesterday, is a pair of Little Child's Socks (from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks):


I love them. The yarn is vintage Lady Galt Kroy 4-ply (four 1-oz. balls). I made just a couple of small modifications to the pattern: I did 5 extra rounds of stockinette between the cuff and the start of the instep pattern, and then 8 extra rounds between the last calf decrease and the heel; also, I knit the foot on 60 stitches instead of 56, so I had to decrease 4 stitches before starting the toe. If I were to knit these socks again, I would do two things differently: I would work the heel flap on 30 stitches (why decrease to 26?), and I would do an extra round of decreases just before pulling the toe stitches together (to 8 stitches instead of 16). But it's a great pattern, and I love the socks.




And second, I finished my alpaca Druid Mittens a couple of weeks ago, and they're also a success -- great pattern, great mittens:




I wish I'd added half an inch or so to the length of the hand, but they're totally wearable. I love the Zimmermannian saddle across the top -- no suprise, coming from designer (and EZ devotee) Jared Flood. This yarn is label-less alpaca, bought at Birkeland Bros. in Vancouver -- I was told it came from Golden Fleece Alpacas in Mission, B.C. The softness of the yarn obscures the lovely cables a little bit, but that's OK. My favourite part of the mitten is actually the palm -- weird, right?

OK, back to work! I have a couple of big nose-to-the-grindstone weeks ahead of me. See you after they're done.

26 comments:

Brie said...

Gorgeous! I've got to make a pair of those mittens.

Leslie said...

Wow, socks and mittens! Both wonderful, lots of great detail and yummy colors, too.

Anonymous said...

Your socks are great! I like to knit socks also. Love the mittens too.
Pat

Pattie in NY said...

Glad to hear from you, I've missed your prose and your creativity! Good luck on meeting deadlines!

regina said...

Beautiful FOs, both!

Seanna Lea said...

Beautiful mittens and socks! It was nice to see you able to come up for air for just a little bit!

Laura said...

Mmm! Those mittens are so enticing!! I think the fuzziness of the alpaca is perfect, you can still see all the detail.

Jodi said...

Looks like you're nice and set for a chilly fall day! I love the alpaca fuzziness of the mitts -- I bet they're nice and toasty.

Good luck with the grind.

whitknits said...

Gorgeous FOs...they make me want to bump both of these patterns up in my queue!

eyeleen said...

They look wonderful! I love those mittens

Veronique said...

Well, you certainly have been busy! Love the golden socks :) And the fuzzy mittens. They will keep you warm this Winter.

gleek said...

i love how you just pop in and show us two beautiful FOs :) you are really cranking them out!

btw, these photos are beautiful too. did you get a new camera?

Erin said...

Gorgeous! I love the color of the sock yarn!

tmjackson said...

Wow, those socks are just gorgeous. I am chastened by the thought that should I ever get around to knitting socks, they are highly unlikely to ever look that good. Beautiful mittens, too. Great work!

Lin said...

I love those socks, great colour.

knitthehellout said...

I love the warm chocolate color of those mittens. I have to make them. Now.

lindseyrose said...

These are gorgeous - I LOVE the colors you chose!

Nell said...

I love the toe on those socks! I've never seen that specific one. Is it written in the pattern that way?

Dr. Steph said...

Both socks and mittens are great! The socks are particularly different, but still simple.

Good luck with the work.

Octopus Knits said...

I love them both!

kris said...

oh, those socks! love them so much!

super cosy mittens too; i'm just not very happy about it being mitten weather all of a sudden ...

Knitting Linguist said...

Those both look great! I have SO got to knit a pair of those mittens. Good luck with that grindstone :)

Nicole said...

Love and must make both of these!

korhan said...

your socks and blogs wonderfull
Congratulations!

peace and love from turkey

Teri said...

Beautiful finishes! I love the colors for both the mittens and the socks. Have fun with your continued research!

Life's a Stitch said...

Great sock pictures. Re your post above, I've found Michael's to be lacking these days in carrying some of the knitting staples.