The past week was filled with a lot of fibery activities. Tuesday was the weekly meeting of the most local of my knitting groups, and Thursday evening found me at the Knitch gathering. Saturday was the monthly meeting of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild, and Sunday most of the Atlanta knitting community seemed to be at Knitch. Of course, there was also a lot of knitting done at home, too. The results of all this are plain to be seen.
The first finished object of the week was this.
- Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater (otherwise known as the "cutest baby sweater ever!" Ever since I discovered this on Samantha's blog, it's become a big hit among the area knitters. Fast and easy, it really is amazingly cute. In this dark purple, it's more difficult to see the slipped-stitch detail on the yoke, cuffs, and bottom, but those little touches really add a lot to an otherwise plain cardi. This sweater is going to my across-the-street neighbor, who had a little girl three weeks ago.
- Yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto, a 100% superwash wool. Amazingly soft, it knits into a lovely fabric just perfect for babies.
- My basic sock pattern, but with a new to me heel. I've always been a confirmed flap and gusset sock maker, but I thought with the regular stripes, this sock would look better with a short-row heel. Last Sunday at Knitch, Jen showed me the Sherman/encroachment heel and after a bit of a struggle, and the need for a refresher lesson this Sunday, I managed to change my ways and ended up with two fairly nice heels. They look a bit sharp, but fit nicely on the foot. However, I'm still more of a gusset fan, although it's nice to know how to do this new trick.
- The yarn is Trekking XXL, colorway #126. As I understand it, this color was discontinued, and then brought back for a limited time. I found mine through an ebay seller and bought three skeins. Look for one to be given away in my yearly Show Me Your Socks contest this fall.
Although the Mystery Stole is still in progress, awaiting further clues (why yes, Clue 4 is finished,) I did manage to complete my other lace project.
I have only good things to say about this whole project. Susan's pattern was so well written, the chart was easy to use, and the design is just lovely. The knitting was fast and easy, too. Zephyr is a fabulous yarn to use for lace. It has a lovely sheen, and the softness and drape are wonderful. I couldn't be happier, and plan to block the shawl later this afternoon.
My next projects, in addition to the Mystery Stole, will be a pair of Charade Socks and the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty. Of course, if my son brings HP#7 over any time soon, all this goes immediately on hold. I'm SO ready to discover how it all turns out!