Tuesday, May 6, 2014
What I've been working on lately
My other new project is these toadstool socks in fancy self-patterning yarn. This yarn was given to me at yarn school, and it is a pain to work with! You have to get the tension EXACTLY right or the mushrooms will be all messy and ugly. Also, the pattern is written pretty terribly (and apparently not tech-edited?), which is a shame since the kits are so incredibly expensive. The pattern calls for casting on 56 stitches, and says that if your yellow and green stripes work out to almost exactly two rounds, you'll be good to go. I did not find this to be the case. After starting over on the toadstools about 5 times, I finally looked at the chart and realized that the pattern is for 52 stitches!
I'm glad I kept working on these - I'm finally getting the hang of it (I've knitted another one and a half repeats of the toadstools since this picture was taken) and the socks are going to be really cool when I'm finished, but I'm also glad that I'm not the one who paid for this yarn.
Both the purple yarn and the socks count as new starts. I've also finished a quilt that I haven't blogged yet, so I'm at six finishes and three starts since I started counting in February. I want to finish some more things so I can sew myself some clothes!