I want to knit the "ballet" pattern from my Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks book for my niece, Hannah. She likes pink, and is a dancer. The pattern specifies the Valley Yarn Huntington yarn. I never use the yarn specified by a pattern. I always think I know better, and, well, I just like different yarn sometimes. This always leads to gauge problems. This time, I decided that I would use the yarn used in the pattern. 2 problems: they didn't have pink (it is on back order EVERYWHERE), and when I clicked on the "comments" by customers, they all said that although it is a pretty yarn, it "splits." I am going to try it anyway. The Mauve is ... almost pink? dark pinkish? Well, I hope Hannah likes the color anyway. As I am still working on my 3rd try Rain Socks for Allie, I will "work" on these socks, um... how do I say this? They will be my "sit and knit" project for the bathroom for the time being.
I cast on 32 stitches, and am swatching in the round right now. I am actually using the specified needles, too, size 1. I was going to drop down one size, since I think I knit loosely, but I will try to go with the pattern exactly. If the gauge is off, I will drop down. I have decided to knit the swatch in the round this time, since my last gauge swatch was so off. I think it is just too different when I knit all K instead of back and forth with rows of K and rows of P. We shall see.
Speaking of "sit and knit," I have been really sitting and crocheting. I have been working on motifs from my Irish Crochet And How To Make It book on Kindle. I still am not sure what I am going to make with these little bits... So far I have made:
A wild rose motif which includes:
The full Wild Rose.
And various sizes of Wild Rose Leaves:
This one is the "large" leaf. I especially like how the picots look like pointy edges on the leaf.
As you can see, none of this is put together. I need to lay it all out, and crochet "stems" connecting all of the parts. As the leaves have those cool picot edges, I will crochet picots on the stems to be the "thorns."
I also have been working on a "Blackberry" motif. So far, I have made 4 "large leaves."
You can see how different these leaves look from the both the Rose Leaves, and the Wild Rose Leaves. I love how round they seem.
Anyway, I am taking a break from this to get started on Hannah's socks. So, I will be working on both Allie's Rain Socks and Hannah's Ballet Socks simultaneously. I might make a copy of the pattern of one (or both) since the 2 projects will be kept in different locations.
My goal today is to get to the gusset of the Rain Socks. I have about 5 rows to go. Definitely do-able!
C. A. Losi