. . . begins with one tiny swatch.
I posted a photo of that little turquoise swatch yesterday. That swatch is knit from this yarn:
Koigu Kersti, in a pretty, almost monochrome, turquoise. I have 21 skeins of it. (It’s been in my stash for at least two years, I think.) Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what it will become?
In the meantime, I’m just working on the second Slayer sock.
The Slayer socks are great! But how do you photograph the red so that it doesn’t look like a flaming foot?!
Beats me. I am shocked that the Slayer yarn photographs true to color. I’ve taken photos of it with and without flash, and the ones with the flash, indoors, under my dining room chandelier, are the ones that turn out true to color. I’ve never, ever, had any success photographing red before, so this is a mystery to me.
Perhaps the Slayer socks do possess mystical powers?
A couple of you asked about the finish at the top. It’s just six rows (three ridges) of garter stitch, then a knit-wise cast-off. In my Feather and Fan Sock Pattern (pdf) I specified four rows of garter stitch, but on this sock tried six, and liked the way it looked.
EricaLynn asked how the feather and fan socks fit — if they fall down. Mine don’t. They fit me very well and are comfortable, which is one reason why I make so many pairs of feather and fan socks.
Have you figured out what makes a lace pattern boring? Why, I wonder, is a knitter (e.g. you) fascinated by a pattern like Wing o’the Moth and not by the current one? It must not be the border, entirely, since you said you were bored by the middle section as well. I’ve done only one big lace project, Icarus, so I don’t have much experience in choosing, but I have lots of laceweight yarn and would appreciate some insight.
And Mt-Mom asked:
And, about how some lace patterns can get boring, while others can retain their hold on one’s imagination: can *you* tell ahead of time? Trial and error? Or does it have to do with the repetitiveness?
Yeah, good questions. I could sorta tell ahead of time that the Maltese Shawl was going to be an arduous knit. It’s about three miles long and is a rectangle, so not much in the way of alluring shaping. Neither the pattern in the center panel nor the edging are particularly challenging to execute. All that adds up to a yawn-fest. I specifically picked this pattern to knit, though, based on the the likes of the recipient.
Commenting on the recitation of my schedule, Bridget was impressed that Lucy lets me do anything when I first come home before feeding her. Lucy is quite unexcited about food and she seems to eat very little. This is a constant concern for me — I wish she’d eat more. Somedays it looks as though she eats nothing all day, but some days when I come home, her dish is empty. Still, she is healthy and happy, so I guess she just has odd eating habits for a kitty.
And she’d like everyone to know that she does move from her Cozy Cushion now and then.